Media Coverage

4/14/2019

Students at Georgetown University have voted to increase their tuition to benefit descendants of the 272 enslaved Africans that the Jesuits who ran the school sold nearly two centuries ago to secure its financial future. The fund they voted to create would represent the first instance of reparations for slavery by a prominent American organization.

The proposal passed with two-thirds of the vote, but the student-led referendum was nonbinding, and the university’s board of directors must approve the measure before it can take effect.

4/11/2019

According to Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, Sudan’s military has ousted President Omar al-Bashir, ending a 30-year authoritarian rule, in the face of mass street protests that have swept the country. He said that Mr. al-Bashir had been taken into custody and that the government had been dissolved. There will now be a two-year transition period.

4/11/2019

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has announced that Malaysia will not ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the second treaty the government is withdrawing from after coming under pressure from the majority Muslim opposition. Malaysia earlier this year backtracked on acceding to a UN treaty against racial discrimination following a massive Muslim rally.

4/11/2019

Colombia's lower house has overwhelmingly rejected President Ivan Duque's suggested modifications to the country's transitional justice system, voting 110 to 44 against the suggested changes. Duque asked legislators in March to review six parts of the law that regulates the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) tribunal.

The modifications were expected to be defeated because the peace accord, signed under former President Juan Manuel Santos, is part of the country's constitution. Any changes would require a two-thirds majority in the legislature.

4/11/2019

Algerian lawmakers have appointed a regime stalwart as the country’s first new president in two decades, to the dismay of protesters seeking sweeping change after the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The appointment of Abdelkader Bensalah, the speaker of the upper house, as interim president follows constitutional rules but goes against the demands of demonstrators, who are pushing for him and other veteran politicians to stand down.

4/11/2019

The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to “security conditions on the ground,” as the Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, has launched a surprise offensive against the capital Tripoli, clashing with rival militias. A small contingent of American troops has been in Libya in recent years, helping local forces combat Islamic State and al-Qaida militants, as well as protecting diplomatic facilities.

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.

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