Media Coverage

2/20/2020

JUBA, South Sudan—South Sudan’s rival leaders on Thursday announced they have agreed to form a coalition government just two days before the latest deadline, a major step in the emergence from a five-year civil war that killed nearly 400,000 people and shattered lives in the world’s youngest nation.

Opposition leader Riek Machar told reporters in the capital, Juba, that he and President Salva Kiir agreed that after the government’s formation they will resolve any outstanding issues laid out in a September 2018 peace deal. Machar said he is confident they will address them all.

2/20/2020

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya—Libya’s internationally recognized leader on Wednesday dashed hopes of quickly reviving U.N. ceasefire negotiations after his side withdrew, saying talk of them resuming had been overtaken by events as eastern forces continue to shell the capital.

The eastern-based Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar, which shelled on Tuesday the port of the capital held by the recognized government, also ruled out a truce with “terrorists” and “Turkish invaders,” suggesting a near year-long battle will continue.

2/20/2020

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, who oversaw a brutal end to a decades-long conflict with Tamil separatists, said on Wednesday the country was withdrawing from a United Nations resolution investigating alleged war crimes.

Mahinda Rajapaksa was president when Sri Lankan troops defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009, but rights groups accused the army of killing at least 40,000 civilians in the final months of the conflict.

2/20/2020

This week a number of civil society organizations sent a letter to the Committee on the Election of the Prosecutor, which meets starting Friday in New York, urging the Committee to establish a vetting process that results in the exclusion of candidates for International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor that commit, condone, or ignore sexual harassment.

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2/20/2020

The world-renowned Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) has been nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its achievements in the field of applied sciences and collaborative justice.

2/18/2020

From Africa to the Americas to Asia and Europe, transitional justice mechanisms that are locally owned and focused on the needs of victims have repeatedly helped to address grievances and pave the way for more peaceful societies to take root, delegates said today amid calls for the Security Council to take decisive approaches to conflicts in concert with other United Nations bodies. Among those leading that call was Yasmin Sooka of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa and Chair of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Right

2/18/2020

Agreements intended to bring an end to violence in eastern Ukraine are poorly observed and beginning to falter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday urged Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy to stick to peace agreements to de-escalate the five-year conflict between Kyiv forces and Moscow-backed separatists, the Kremlin said in a blunt statement on Friday.

2/18/2020

Bosnian Serbs have again threatened to secede in a bid to rid Bosnia and Herzegovina's top court of foreign judges, risking another political crisis and raising concerns among the international community.

The parliament in Republika Srpska - which shares some central institutions with the Bosniak-Croat Federation - on Monday gave a 60-day deadline for reform of Bosnia's Constitutional Court.

2/18/2020

Colombia’s war crimes tribunal said Thursday it will consider the expulsion of retired General Mario Montoya after the former army chief’s behavior infuriated victims.

The hearing of Montoya, who allegedly masterminded the mass execution of civilians to inflate army results, was supposed to last until Friday but was cut short by the magistrates of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace who said they had no more questions.

2/18/2020

Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, chairman of the Burundi's truth and reconciliation commission, told journalists on Friday that the remains of 6,032 victims, as well as thousands of bullets, were recovered. Clothes, glasses, and rosaries were used to identify some of the victims.

Referring to a 1972 massacre, which is believed to have targeted people from the Hutu ethnic group, Ndayicariye said families of the victims were able to "break the silence" that was imposed 48 years ago.

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