Media Coverage

3/19/2019

The High Court of Australia has handed down the biggest "native title" ruling affecting Aboriginal ownership of the land in decades by deciding in favor of the Ngaliwurru and Nungali Aboriginal groups from a remote part of the Northern Territory. "Native title" refers to the rights of Australia's indigenous people to their traditional land and water recognized by Australian common law. The Native Title Act allows aboriginal groups to file native title claims over large parts of the country.

3/14/2019

In its tenth annual report, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) affirmed its important role in the investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and stressed that it is committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice.

3/14/2019

Women and girls in Burundi have been invited to share their experiences with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR). The appeal was launched on March 8, 2019, in Bujumbura during a meeting about the rights of women and girls to commemorate International Women’s Day.

3/14/2019

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the Sri Lankan government to establish a hybrid court to handle allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses. In its report to the UN Human Rights Council, the OHCHR highlighted the country's failure to comply with some of the commitments it has made and recommended that the government invite it to establish a country office to monitor the human rights situation.

3/14/2019

Colombian President Ivan Duque has returned a bill that defines the powers of his country’s war crimes tribunal to congress. Duque only objects to 6 of the 150 articles of the statutory law, but his call to revise the 2017 constitutional amendment that created the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) puts its entire future at risk. The controversy over the JEP is the biggest blow to the country’s peace process since Duque took office.

3/14/2019

A scheduled vote in Guatemala’s Congress on amnesty for war crimes was suspended when several lawmakers walked out, leaving the session without a quorum. The proposal would have freed more than 30 former members of the security forces and paramilitaries convicted of human rights violations during Guatemala’s long armed conflict. The bill would also halt thousands of investigations.

Director, Reparative Justice Program

3/13/2019

 

 The International Criminal Court is likely to continue investigating President Rodrigo Duterte for alleged crimes against humanity even after the Philippines' withdrawal from the tribunal takes effect a week from now, a rights lawyer said Sunday.

The Hague-based ICC launched last year a preliminary examination into Duterte's supposed role in the alleged death squad killings in Davao City, where he ruled as mayor for over 2 decades. He is facing a separate complaint before the court over his anti-narcotics drive that has killed thousands.

3/12/2019

Nepalese Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal has said two transitional justice mechanisms in Nepal will be restructured to address institutional representation and the participation of conflict victims.

3/12/2019

Former Bosnian Serb Army soldier Rade Vlasenko was acquitted of taking three Bosniak civilians from the Trnopolje detention camp in 1992 to do forced labor before killing one of them. Presiding judge Hilmo Vucinic told the appeals chamber of the Bosnian state court that the prosecution had not proved that Vlasenko committed the crime.

3/12/2019

The Assad regime is continuing to purge all opponents, arguably more harshly than before, by decreeing housing laws that render many Syrians homeless and at the state’s mercy. Over the past two years, Syria’s civil society has pushed for transitional justice, while international actors and mediators have looked the other way.

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