Media Coverage

4/9/2019

A UN human rights expert is calling on Iraq to ensure that the prosecution of the ISIL leadership is conducted in a transparent, fair, and thorough manner with the participation of victims in the legal process. Ms. Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, says that hasty and collective death sentences for four ISIL leaders only did the country a disservice.

4/9/2019

A week before the incumbent officials of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons step down, conflict victims in Nepal, represented by Conflict Victims Common Platform and Conflict Victims National Network, have warned that they will not accept the selection of new officials without proper consultation.

4/9/2019

Senator Cory Booker is introducing a Senate bill to study reparations for African Americans. It will be a companion bill to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's legislation, which would also create a congressional panel to study the possibility of reparations for the descendants of slaves.

Booker hinted at the legislation last month during a CNN town hall, where he criticized the dialogue around reparations, saying it's "reduced to a box to check on a presidential list, when this is so much more of a serious conversation."

4/9/2019

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has written to Spanish King Felipe VI and Pope Francis urging them to apologize for the “abuses” of colonialism and the conquest. In a video filmed at the ruins of the indigenous city of Comalcalco, he called on Spain and the Vatican to recognize the rights violations committed during the conquest of Mexico, which began 500 years ago, and the colonial period that followed.

4/9/2019

President Emmanuel Macron has appointed researchers to carry out a two-year investigation into the role of the French army in the Rwandan genocide. The nine-member commission will have access to presidential, diplomatic, military, and intelligence archives.

Macron’s predecessor François Hollande declassified presidential archives on the subject in 2015, but researchers have complained that only a fraction of the classified documents have surfaced and say a conclusive account on the role played by France is yet to be produced.

4/4/2019

A group of Liberians based in the U.S. has formed a National Peace and Reconciliation Initiative (NPRI) to promote peace among Liberians. National Chairman Dr. Joe Gbaba says the goal of the NPRI is to provide a forum where Liberians of diverse opinions have an opportunity to exchange views on ways to achieve sustainable peace and reconciliation in Liberia.

4/4/2019

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Nicholas Koumjian of the United States of America as Head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar.

Mr. Koumjian will be the first Head of the Myanmar Mechanism, which was established by the Human Rights Council on 27 September 2018, and welcomed by the General Assembly on 22 December 2018.

4/4/2019

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is set to issue a first-ever apology to Italian-Americans for the city's role in the largest mass lynching in U.S. history, which killed 11 Italians in New Orleans in 1891. The lynching was sparked when a jury acquitted more than a dozen Italians who were rounded up in the wake of Police Commissioner David Hennessy's murder. A mob proceeded to storm the prison where the Italians were held, leaving the bodies "riddled by bullets or hanged to lamp posts."

4/4/2019

Belgium apologized on Thursday for the kidnapping, segregation, deportation, and forced adoption of thousands of children born to mixed-race couples during its colonial rule of Burundi, Congo, and Rwanda.

The apology is the first time that Belgium has recognized any responsibility for what historians say was the immense harm the country inflicted on the Central African nations, which it colonized for eight decades. Prime Minister Charles Michel offered the apology in front of a plenary session of Parliament, which was attended by people of mixed race in the visitors’ gallery.

4/4/2019

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria has resigned under pressure from the army following weeks of mass protests, closing out the reign of North Africa’s longest-serving leader but not ending a political impasse in a country where protesters are demanding revolutionary change.

His departure followed quickly after a statement from Army Chief of Staff, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, the traditional arbiter of political life in the country, calling for an “immediate” declaration from the constitutional council that Mr. Bouteflika was unfit for office.

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