Media Coverage

6/30/2020

U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado Jason Dunn announced Thursday that a Gambian man who had been living in Denver was indicted on torture charges for his actions in the Gambia in 2006.

Michael Correa was a former member of the Junglers, a Gambian armed unit. The Junglers operated outside the regular Gambia Armed Forces command, receiving orders from and answering to former President Yahya Jammeh.

In 2006, Correa allegedly conspired with others to commit torture against individuals suspected of plotting a coup against then-President Jammeh.

6/30/2020

Close to two years after Nepal’s new penal code criminalized torture, not a single case has been persecuted, highlighting near total failure by authorities to investigate and prosecute acts of torture in the country.

In fact, there have been very few instances in which victims have received an effective remedy and reparation for their ill-treatment.

6/30/2020

At least 129 children have been killed in the Philippines’ four-year war on drugs, most by police or allied assailants, but they may only represent a fraction of the toll, activist groups said on Monday.

Minors have been directly targeted, punished as proxies, or victims of mistaken identity or “collateral damage,” the groups said in a report, entitled “How Could They Do This to My Child?”.

6/30/2020

Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia, and said he would resign if an indictment against him is confirmed.

A judge will now take several months to decide whether the cases built by the special prosecutor's office are strong enough to put Thaci, charged with nearly 100 murders, and the others on trial.

6/30/2020

King Philippe of Belgium has expressed his “deepest regrets” for acts of violence and brutality inflicted during his country’s rule of Congo, as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) marks the 60th anniversary of its independence.

The letter – to the DRC president, Félix Tshisekedi – has been described as historic in the Belgian media, as it is the first time a Belgian king has expressed regrets for the country’s colonial past, although it stops short of an apology.

6/26/2020

Across the country, local and state leaders have been listening to protesters' calls to reexamine their controversial relics of the past and current policies on policing.

6/25/2020

Kosovo’s prime minister said on Thursday his government would not attend U.S.-mediated talks with Serbia planned for the weekend at the White House after Kosovo’s president was formally accused of war crimes.

“Because of the new developments ... I have to return to Pristina to deal with the situation,” Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti wrote on his Facebook page.

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6/25/2020

Women carried out a vigil in front of El Geneina court in West Darfur yesterday, in solidarity with the victims of the 2004 massacres in Mukjar and Bindisi.

The massacres have allegedly been carried out by Ali Abdelrahman (also known as Ali Kushayb), who is currently held by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He has been accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

6/25/2020

Seventy years after the Korean War began, prospects for a peace treaty to officially end the conflict appear as distant as ever, as the two Koreas held low-key commemorations on Thursday amid heightened tension.

Two years ago, a flurry of diplomacy and summits between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the presidents of the United States, South Korea, and China raised hopes that even if the North’s nuclear arsenal was undiminished, the parties might agree to officially end the war.

6/25/2020

The UN humanitarian chief warned that without massive financial support, Yemen will “fall off the cliff,” with many more people starving to death, succumbing to COVID-19, dying of cholera, and watching their children die because they haven’t been immunized for killer diseases.

Mark Lowcock told a closed Security Council meeting Wednesday that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across Yemen and about 25 percent of the country’s confirmed cases have died — “five times the global average.”

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