Media Coverage

2/27/2020

The trial of the former member of the Prijedor Motorized Brigade – charged with committing crimes against humanity in the Prijedor area in 1992 – has started with the prosecution’s introductory statements.

He is charged also with having participated in the murder of two civilians from Gornja Puharska who were taken to Jordan Njiva locality and killed.

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2/27/2020

Ethiopia has announced it would release dozens of high-profile prisoners from jail, including opposition activists held over an alleged coup and other high-ranking government critics.

"The Ethiopian government hopes to widen the political and democratic space in the country with the freeing" of these individuals, the spokesman for the attorney general’s office, Zinabu Tunu said.

2/27/2020

More than four years after the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in which child welfare was a key point, Canada’s government is reluctant to pay for Indigenous victims of decades-long policies affecting children. Anger is mounting, and on February 12 the Assembly of First Nations filed a class action suit demanding $10 billion in compensation.

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2/27/2020

At least one girl and nine other civilians were killed today during the shelling of 10 schools, as the latest escalation in conflict continues, Save the Children and partner Hurras Network can confirm. Some schools were in class, some had broken up for the day, and some were being used as shelters.

According to Hurras Network, this is the highest number of schools hit by attacks in Idlib in a single day since at least the start of 2019. Twenty-two schools have now been hit since the start of 2020 – almost half of them today.

2/25/2020

Curated by the Museum of Latin American Art’s director of education, Gabriela Martínez, “Arte, Mujer y Memoria: Arpilleras” from Chile features 30 arpilleras — small traditional quilts sewn upon burlap — by mostly anonymous female artists, that depict the cruelty of Augusto Pinochet’s 17-year dictatorship.

Under the rule of Augusto Pinochet, more than 3,000 Chileans “disappeared” in clandestine ways, and tens of thousands more were abducted and tortured.

2/25/2020

Almost five years since Kosovo’s parliament approved the establishment of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Prosecutor’s Office, Chief Prosecutor Jack Smith has notified the president of the Specialist Chambers of his intention to initiate proceedings before the Hague-based “special court.”

2/25/2020

The Japanese government has contributed nearly $1 million to the United Nations component of the Khmer Rouge tribunal to support its operation.

“Japan encourages the Extraordinary Chambers of the Court in Cambodia to proceed with the remaining cases in a fair, efficient and expeditious manner, given the advanced age and frail health of the persons accused and to achieve the long-overdue justice for the people of Cambodia,” the statement issued by the Japanese Embassy said.

2/25/2020

Egypt’s ousted former president Hosni Mubarak has died at the age of 91, state television said on Tuesday, weeks after undergoing surgery.

The former Egyptian strongman was under house arrest since he was ousted on February 11, 2011, after three decades in power. Mubarak suffered from health problems following his ouster and arrest, and his medical state was the cause of several often contradictory reports. Earlier this week, his son, Alaa Mubarak, tweeted that his father was still in an intensive care unit, weeks after undergoing surgery.

2/25/2020

Algeria this past weekend marked a year since the birth of an unprecedented protest movement known as "Hirak" — one that quickly forced an ailing president from power and is now looking to maintain momentum.

Anti-regime protesters designated Friday and Saturday a landmark moment, mobilizing to "disqualify the system's agenda of self-renewal, and to lay the foundations for a new republic."

By noon, thousands of demonstrators including women and children were gathered peacefully in front of the central post office in Algiers, the assembly point for weekly protests.

2/20/2020

A week-long partial truce came into effect across Afghanistan early Saturday, with the Taliban, the US, and the Afghan forces all signed up for a lull that could be a turning point in the long conflict.

If the so-called "reduction in violence" holds, it will be a major step towards withdrawing US troops after more than 18 years -- and launching Afghanistan into an uncertain future.

Both US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Taliban issued statements saying they had agreed to sign an accord on February 29 in Doha, following the one-week partial truce.

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