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Congolese former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda was Monday on the 12th day of an unprecedented hunger strike in his detention cell in The Netherlands, refusing to attend his war crimes trial.

The once feared rebel leader from the Democratic Republic of Congo has not appeared in the courtroom at the International Criminal Court in The Hague since September 7.

He is the first defendant before the tribunal -- set up in 2002 to try the world's worst crimes -- to ever go on hunger strike and his protest is vexing judges who have ordered his trial must go on in his absence.


The undersigned civil society organizations applaud U.S. Representatives Chris Smith, Keith Ellison and Mike Coffman for introducing the House Resolution entitled “Supporting human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.” The resolution, introduced today as companion legislation to S.Res.432, addresses the ongoing human rights abuses and political instability in Ethiopia.


Despite repeated reminders and instructions from the parliamentary committee and the transitional justice bodies, the government has not been able to bring the laws to facilitate the ongoing process of delivering justice to conflict victims.


The Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha P. Aryasinha made the following statement Thursday during the clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) and the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva:


Colombia guerrilla group FARC’s final National Guerrilla Conference is not just attended by rebel representatives and press, but also desperate family members seeking a sign of life of loved ones who went missing in the war.

Newspaper El Colombiano talked to two women, who had traveled to Yari, Caqueta looking for family members who have been missing for more than 14 years.

The women reportedly are among a group of civilians who are hoping that the guerrillas will help them find out whether their loved ones are still alive or where they are buried.


BOGOTA: Colombia's FARC rebels are set to vote on a historic peace agreement with the government to end more than a half-century of conflict before giving up their armed struggle in favor of politics.

Guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are converging on a camp in southern Colombia for their 10th national conference, the first time they will discuss peace instead of fighting during such an event.


Sri Lanka on Friday affirmed its belief in the UN system and the human rights mechanisms and said these were in the best interest of the country's people.

Sri Lanka will look up to the UN for advice and views, and also expertise and technical assistance that will benefit the country in terms of capacity building and strengthening of local institutions, Xinhua news agency cited a government spokesman as saying.


OPPOSITION People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tendai Biti has revealed that he will soon take the legal route to force government to implement constitutional provisions on devolution.

Other opposition parties, including the MDC, MDC-T and ZimPF, have also been vocal in demanding that government implements devolution as enshrined in the country's Constitution, "We are going to visit the courts until there is devolution in this country."


Top commanders of Colombia’s largest rebel group FARC are touring the country to meet with victims and beg forgiveness for war crimes committed by the guerrillas.

On Monday, the rebel leaders met with survivors of the of the La Chinita massacre that took place in northern Colombia in 1994.

During the massacre, members of the FARC’s 5th Front indiscriminately opened fire at attendees of a party, presuming that among the guests were demobilized members of the now-defunct EPL, a smaller guerrilla group.


The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research held its first conference on the Guatemalan genocide this week to bring together researchers for informative panels on the little-known history of this era in Latin America. The conference, “A Conflict? Genocide and Research in Guatemala,” began Sunday and will continue through Wednesday.

Attendees included award-winning activist and professor Victoria Sanford, as well as Fredy Peccerelli, a forensic anthropologist and 1999 winner of the CNN and Time Magazine “50 Latin American Leaders for the New Millennium.”