Media Coverage

6/23/2020

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has been accused of war crimes by a special international prosecutor in The Hague.

Mr Thaci and others “are criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders,” torture, and enforced disappearances, the prosecutor said.

The accusations — covering Kosovo’s independence war against Serbia — are being assessed by a judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers who will decide if the case goes to trial.

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6/23/2020

Panamanian authorities this week finalized the exhumation of 19 bodies in a private cemetery in Panama City as part of a search for victims of the 1989 invasion by the United States, Panamanian judicial authorities said.

The bodies were exhumed from the Jardín de Paz cemetery in the capital, where they were buried 30 years ago after initially being dumped in mass graves during the December 1989 to January 1990 invasion. Some bodies remain unidentified.

6/23/2020

Sudan is finalizing a deal with the United States to compensate the victims of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, Foreign Minister Asmaa Abdallah said on Tuesday.

The twin blasts took place in August 1998 when a truck bomb hit the U.S. consulate in downtown Nairobi, followed by an explosion at the one in Dar-es-Salaam.

The U.S. has accused Sudan of aiding the attackers linked to the bombings and demanded compensation for victims’ families.

6/23/2020

The escalation in fighting between Myanmar’s military and ethnic Rakhine rebels in recent months has triggered a surge in violence against children and left some villagers facing starvation.

The humanitarian group, Save the Children, said in a report on Tuesday that the conflict in the far west of Myanmar has left children increasingly exposed.

“The widespread use of mines and improvised explosive devices poses a specific threat to children,” Duncan Harvey, Save the Children’s top official in Myanmar, said in a statement.

6/23/2020

A fact-finding mission to Libya has been established by the United Nations’ top rights body after prosecutors from the International Criminal Court said that mass graves discovered recently may constitute war crimes.

The UN Human Rights Council on Monday adopted by consensus a resolution strongly condemning all acts of violence in Libya and urging UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet to dispatch a fact-finding mission to the North African country.

6/23/2020

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and southern separatist forces have agreed on a ceasefire and will begin talks in Saudi Arabia on implementing a peace deal, the Saudi-led coalition said on Monday.

The two sides have now agreed to a ceasefire in Abyan province along the coast east of Aden, as well as on a de-escalation of tensions in Socotra and other regions, and on the start of talks, a statement from the Saudi-led coalition said.

6/18/2020

Malaysia is considering a plan to send nearly 300 Rohingya Muslim refugees detained after arriving on a damaged boat back out to sea once the ship has been fixed, two security sources told Reuters on Thursday.

The Arakan Project, a nonprofit group focusing on the Rohingya crisis, urged Malaysia not to send the refugees back out to sea.

“This would amount to refoulement and would be completely inhumane as passengers already died aboard this boat before it was rescued,” Chris Lewa, the group’s director told Reuters.

6/18/2020

Sudan’s Public Prosecution Service has confirmed the discovery of a mass grave in El Elafon district in Khartoum state. The dozens of bodies are presumed to be of students who were forced into military service just after finishing high school and who fled a training military camp in 1998.

6/18/2020

Saudi Arabia has proposed a framework to end the latest standoff in southern Yemen between nominal allies under a Saudi-led coalition, three sources said, as violence escalates with the Houthi movement in the north of the country.

Previous clashes between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and the Southern Transitional Council, a separatist group, have complicated UN efforts to end Yemen’s ruinous conflict and protect its fractured health sector from COVID-19.

6/18/2020

The Trump administration on Wednesday ramped up pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle with a load of new economic and travel sanctions for human rights abuses and blocking a settlement of the country’s conflict.

The State Department and the Treasury said 39 Syrian individuals, including al-Assad and his wife, had been designated for the new sanctions.

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