Media Coverage

4/16/2019

It took nearly four months of vigorous street protests across Sudan to trigger an army takeover that ended Omar al-Bashir's 30-year authoritarian rule. But it took the same protesters a mere 24 hours to remove al-Bashir's replacement. General Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf named Lieutenant General Abdelfattah al-Burhan to head the country's ruling military council, making him Sudan's third leader in as many days.

4/16/2019

The greatest risk in a climate of uncertainty would be to reopen the final peace agreement that ended five decades of conflict between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, warned while briefing the Security Council.

4/16/2019

Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman made an emotional appeal for justice in the courtyard of an abandoned house where she was raped by Serbian policemen when she was 16 years old in 1999. “In this place, my childhood dreams vanished,” said Krasniqi Goodman, who last year became the first woman in Kosovo to speak out publicly about being raped during the war, even though the subject remains taboo in the country.

4/16/2019

Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has unanimously rejected the request of the prosecutor to proceed with an investigation for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes in Afghanistan since May 1, 2003, as well as similar crimes related to the armed conflict allegedly committed in the territory of other states party to the Rome Statute since July 1, 2002.

4/14/2019

Students at Georgetown University have voted to increase their tuition to benefit descendants of the 272 enslaved Africans that the Jesuits who ran the school sold nearly two centuries ago to secure its financial future. The fund they voted to create would represent the first instance of reparations for slavery by a prominent American organization.

The proposal passed with two-thirds of the vote, but the student-led referendum was nonbinding, and the university’s board of directors must approve the measure before it can take effect.

4/11/2019

According to Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, Sudan’s military has ousted President Omar al-Bashir, ending a 30-year authoritarian rule, in the face of mass street protests that have swept the country. He said that Mr. al-Bashir had been taken into custody and that the government had been dissolved. There will now be a two-year transition period.

4/11/2019

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has announced that Malaysia will not ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the second treaty the government is withdrawing from after coming under pressure from the majority Muslim opposition. Malaysia earlier this year backtracked on acceding to a UN treaty against racial discrimination following a massive Muslim rally.

4/11/2019

Colombia's lower house has overwhelmingly rejected President Ivan Duque's suggested modifications to the country's transitional justice system, voting 110 to 44 against the suggested changes. Duque asked legislators in March to review six parts of the law that regulates the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) tribunal.

The modifications were expected to be defeated because the peace accord, signed under former President Juan Manuel Santos, is part of the country's constitution. Any changes would require a two-thirds majority in the legislature.

4/11/2019

Algerian lawmakers have appointed a regime stalwart as the country’s first new president in two decades, to the dismay of protesters seeking sweeping change after the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The appointment of Abdelkader Bensalah, the speaker of the upper house, as interim president follows constitutional rules but goes against the demands of demonstrators, who are pushing for him and other veteran politicians to stand down.

4/11/2019

The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to “security conditions on the ground,” as the Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, has launched a surprise offensive against the capital Tripoli, clashing with rival militias. A small contingent of American troops has been in Libya in recent years, helping local forces combat Islamic State and al-Qaida militants, as well as protecting diplomatic facilities.

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