Media Coverage

5/8/2019

The National Human Rights Commission could withdraw its representative from a recommendation committee formed to select new officials for the two transitional justice bodies in Nepal. The move is seen as a last resort to put pressure on the government to revise the amendment bill to the National Human Rights Commission Act of 2012, and to initiate the process to amend the existing transitional justice act.

5/8/2019

An ad hoc parliamentary commission established to prepare a resolution that condemns crimes by Serbian forces during the Kosovo war has approved a draft text and is expected to send it to parliament for a vote next week. The draft resolution focuses on accusing Serbia of committing genocide against ethnic Albanians.

5/8/2019

In El Salvador, a country where wartime military leaders still wield power, attempts to impede justice have continued. The latest roadblock came in February, when an ad hoc commission of legislators, which was created to study a 2016 Supreme Court ruling that declared the country’s amnesty law unconstitutional, proposed to revive amnesty for civil war-era crimes. Despite fierce outcry from groups representing the victims of atrocities during the civil war, the proposal is currently making its way through the legislature.

5/8/2019

Algerian police have arrested former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's youngest brother, Said Bouteflika, alongside two former intelligence chiefs, Generals Bachir Athmane Tartag and Mohamed Mediene.

The younger Bouteflika, who served as adviser to the president for more than a decade, is seen by many as having taken de facto control of the North African state, after his brother suffered a crippling stroke in 2013.

5/8/2019

EU Ambassador to The Gambia, Attila Lajos, has said that as long as The Gambia progresses in its democratic transition, the country can count on the EU as a reliable and predictable partner. The partnership is growing in strength, with over 347 million of a promised 365 million euros already invested in projects across the country.

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.

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