Media Coverage

3/12/2019

Former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was acquitted on appeal for war crimes in Central African Republic, is seeking millions of euros in compensation from the International Criminal Court.

3/12/2019

UN human rights experts are urging the Congress of Guatemala not to pass a new bill which would establish a general amnesty for serious human rights violations committed during the armed internal conflict. The proposed bill would amend Guatemala’s National Reconciliation Law, establishing an automatic mechanism for extinguishing the criminal responsibility of all those responsible for serious violations of human rights committed during that period.

3/7/2019

In the last 20 years, governments in the Western Balkans have accounted for more than 70 percent of the 40,000 people who were missing at the end of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. Almost 28,000 have been accounted for, which is an unprecedented achievement following a large-scale conflict anywhere in the world. The high proportion of people who have been accounted for shows clearly that the missing persons process, adopted in the Western Balkans and spearheaded by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), works.

3/7/2019

Colombia’s war crimes tribunal has opened an investigation into case file number 007, which seeks to clarify the mass recruitment of more than 6,000 child soldiers by the demobilized guerrilla group FARC and the use of children in intelligence work for the military. So far, only 10 people have been convicted.

The court plans not just to investigate cases of children forced to bear arms, “but also those who have carried out any kind of duty for any legal or illegal armed group, be it as cooks, carriers, messengers, or for spying and sabotage activities.”

3/7/2019

Human rights lawyers have filed the first ever case against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his government at The Hague, after making a “breakthrough” in attempts to hold the regime to account. The lawsuit, which was submitted to the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday, is on behalf of 28 Syrian refugees in Jordan who were forcibly displaced. Each of the 28 has testified about being bombed, shot at, detained, tortured, and having witnessed mass killings since the war began in 2011.

3/7/2019

Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said the international community was confident about Nepal’s ability to take the transitional justice process to its logical conclusion. Speaking after his return from the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Gyawali also emphasized that the government did not need any external assistance to conclude the transitional justice process.

3/7/2019

A team from the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has visited Bangladesh for a preliminary probe into alleged atrocities committed against the Rohingya by the Myanmar military in 2017. A statement from the ICC confirmed the tour but said it was part of the office’s "ongoing preliminary examinations concerning the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar."

3/5/2019

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) welcomed the extension of the release of compensation to human rights victims of the Marcos dictatorship until the end of the year. Documents released last week show that President Rodrigo Duterte signed the joint resolution allowing the extension on February 22. The CHR clarified that the extension does not reopen the application for new claims and appeals, which ended in May 2018.

A total of 11,103 victims are entitled to compensation from Marcos’ secret Swiss bank deposits worth P10 billion (USD $191 million).

3/5/2019

When Sihem Bensedrine, the head of Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD), tried to give a speech in parliament last year, she was drowned out. She was recently blamed for the “failure of transitional justice” by the Tunisian prime minister, Youssef Chahed.

3/5/2019

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addressed the nation on the anniversary of the declaration of a state of emergency on March 1, 2008. The declaration came after Armenian special forces violently dispersed crowds protesting alleged electoral fraud.

In a televised speech, the prime minister said that it is “extremely important to give a political assessment [of] what happened.” He said that, in 2008, the main and perhaps only targets of the ruling elite were the rights, dignity, and freedom of the citizens of the Republic of Armenia.

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