Media Coverage

5/7/2019

The registrar’s office at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals has said that it will listen in on Radovan Karadzic’s telephone calls for several days because he addressed a public debate in Montenegro by phone from the UN Detention Unit in the Netherlands. The registrar’s decision said that the commanding officer of the Detention Unit had not given Karadzic permission to use its communication facilities “to publicly spread information in any form.”

5/7/2019

Donald Trump has nominated Philip Goldberg, who was once expelled from Bolivia amid claims that he was fomenting dissent against then-president Evo Morales, as the new U.S. ambassador to Colombia. Unlike Bolivia, Colombia has long been a staunch ally of the U.S., which views it as a bulwark against leftwing governments across the region.

5/7/2019

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) is set to publish its own draft constitution after disagreeing with parts of one proposed by an alliance of activists and opposition groups. A revised constitution is part of negotiated efforts between the military and protest groups to form a joint military-civilian council before elections.

5/7/2019

South Sudan’s once-warring parties have agreed to delay key next steps in a fragile peace deal by six months, after the main opposition party warned it might walk away. On May 12, opposition leader Riek Machar was due to return to the country and again become President Salva Kiir’s deputy in a power-sharing arrangement. But Machar’s supporters have said security arrangements are insufficient for him to return safely.

5/7/2019

Two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were jailed in Myanmar for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, have been released after a presidential amnesty. They spent more than 500 days in prison on the outskirts of Yangon after they were convicted under the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in jail last September. Their jailing was seen as an assault on press freedom.

5/2/2019

According to state media, Algeria's ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) party has elected a new leader, 50-year old businessman Mohamed Djemai, a month after former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit in the face of mass protests over his bid for a fifth term in office. Djemai is a relatively youthful figure atop the FLN, most of whose senior officials are in their seventies and have dominated Algeria's politics since independence from France in 1962. He replaced Moad Bouchareb, who like other associates of Bouteflika stepped down when he did on April 2.

5/2/2019

The president of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, Judge Carmel Agius, has opened an exhibition at the SENSE Transitional Justice Center in Pula, Croatia, focusing on the crimes committed in Ahmići, Bosnia, in April 1993. The exhibition is part of an interactive narrative entitled “Ahmići: 48 Hours of Ashes and Blood,” which features photographs taken by Mr. Giles Penfound, a photographer with the UNPROFOR British Battalion.

5/2/2019

With the help of the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC), an indigenous man finally tracked down the grave of his father, a victim of the White Terror, Taiwan’s period of martial law, which lasted from 1949 to 1987.

5/2/2019

Defenders of the Colombia’s peace agreement have missed out on the absolute majority they needed to reject President Ivan Duque’s objections to the JEP’s statutory law by one vote. Forty-eight votes were needed to pass the motion presented by senators Iván Marulanda and Jesús Alberto Castilla, which would have rejected the objections to the law. However, the opposition only managed 47 votes, meaning the proposal will have to be voted on again.

5/2/2019

A woman was shot dead and at least 46 people have been injured in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas in clashes between opposition supporters and pro-government forces. The military fired tear gas and water cannon amid rival demonstrations. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for those responsible for the death of the 27-year-old woman to be found.

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