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The U.N. secretary-general says 2019 was the most violent year for former fighters from Colombia’s largest rebel group since it signed a peace deal with the government in 2016. Antonio Guterres said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Thursday that 77 members of the former rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, were killed up until December 26, compared with 65 in 2018 and 31 in 2017.

In addition, he said, 14 ex-FARC combatants disappeared and 29 were targets of attempted homicides.


The de facto leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, listened quietly in the audience of the United Nation's high court on Tuesday, as lawyers recounted the mass killing, rape, and torture of Myanmar's Muslim minority Rohingya.

During her testimony, Suu Kyi told the panel of judges that Myanmar's military was merely dealing with an internal armed conflict when soldiers responded to "coordinated and comprehensive attacks" by militants in the region. 


Algerians have elected a new president following the ouster of longtime ruler Abdelaziz Bouteflika. In the controversial election that saw huge protests and a boycott, five candidates with links to the Bouteflika regime squared off and former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune came out ahead.


Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lai Jui-lung yesterday urged National Taiwan University to hand over historical files associated with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to the Transitional Justice Commission so that they could be made public.

A request by the commission to the university for the files is part of efforts to “restore historical truths,” Lai said, adding that the university should comply with such requests instead of refusing them and working with the KMT.


Sudanese government and Sudanese Revolutionary Front (Darfur Track) have signed a framework agreement on the issues they will discuss in the direct talks for peace in Darfur. The ongoing discussions for peace in Darfur come after the signing on September 11 of confidence-building measures including the cessation of hostilities and humanitarian access.

The same deal was renewed on December 14; the parties gave themselves further time to achieve a peace agreement and set February 14 for the signing of a final peace agreement.


Over the past year, attacks on buildings in northwestern Syria, which are supposed to be off limits during wartime under international law, grew so frequent that the head of the United Nations launched an inquiry to document the violations.


Half as many people have been charged with war crimes by the Bosnian state prosecution this year compared to 2018, causing war victims’ groups to warn that some perpetrators may never face justice.

During the course of 2019 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 27 state prosecutors dealing with war crimes filed 17 indictments by December 29, an analysis by BIRN has shown.