Media Coverage

8/28/2018

Emmerson Mnangagwa was officially sworn in as President of Zimbabwe over the weekend after winning the country’s first election since the ousting of longtime strongman Robert Mugabe. The elections last month were marred by allegations of vote rigging and a violent crackdown on opposition activists, including the killing of six people when the army opened fire on protestors. At his inauguration Mnangagwa promised to “protect and promote the right of Zimbabweans,” and vowed to open a probe into the election violence.

8/28/2018

During her recent visit to Armenia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Tsitsernakaberd memorial to the 1915 genocide of 1.5 million Armenians carried out by the Ottoman Empire. While she did not use the word “genocide,” the Germany Chancellor said the suffering of the Armenians during the atrocities cannot be forgotten. She also praised the country’s new leadership, and spoke about bilateral relations and Armenia's relationship with the EU.

8/28/2018

After a years-long investigation, United Nations experts said that Myanmar’s army commander and other top generals should face trial in an international court for crimes of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. The experts said they found evidence of genocidal intent in the operation, citing the rhetoric of hate directed at the Rohingya and the level of organization indicating a plan for destruction. Myanmar has rejected the allegations.

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8/23/2018

Argentinian President Mauricio Marci recently told reporters he plans to report Venezuela’s government to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity. He said he has the backing of Colombia, Chile, and Paraguay. A recent UN human rights report on Venezuela says that the security forces accused of killing hundreds of demonstrators and alleged criminals since 2015 have enjoyed immunity from prosecution.

8/23/2018

The Chief of Defense Staff of The Gambia has confirmed that four soldiers who are alleged to have been a part  of the ‘Jungulars’ - a unit of elite soldiers who participated in extra-judicial killings and torture at the behest of ex-President Yahya Jammeh - have been released from custody due to lack of evidence. 11 former Jungulars are still being held as investigations continue.

8/23/2018

Victims of Nepal’s decade-long armed conflict have demanded that the government revise the new criminal code, claiming the law fails to address a recent ruling from the Supreme Court establishing that enforced disappearances should be treated as  a crime against humanity resulting in criminal penalties. According to victims, the new criminal code could give immunity to alleged perpetrators and does not incorporate international norms on international enforced disappearance. 

8/23/2018

Earlier this week the United States (US) deported a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard back to Germany. Jakiw Palij was an armed guard at the Trawniki camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943, the same year 6,000 prisoners in the camps and tens of thousands of over prisoners held in occupied Poland were murdered.

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8/23/2018

As Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi nears the end of his term, he is backing a series of reforms including revising inheritance rights for men and women and decriminalizing homosexuality. The reforms would give men and women equal inheritance rights and decriminalize homosexuality in one of the Arab worlds most liberal countries. Conservative forces in the country have rallied to denounce the reforms, but the Ennahda Islamist political party has yet to announce its position on the proposal. 

8/21/2018

After an inconclusive first round of voting last month, Malians went to the polls earlier this month in a run-off between President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and opposition leader Soumaila Cisse. According to election monitors the election process was generally fair, but voter turnout hit an all-time low of 27%. Threats by jihadist militants forced nearly 500 polling stations – two percent  of the total – to stay closed.

8/21/2018

As the Burmese military and allied militias were perpetrating what the United Nations (UN) has described as “ethnic cleansing” against minority Muslim Rohyingya in northern Burma, thousands of vitriolic posts, comments, and images were circulating Facebook and other social media networks both encouraging and legitimizing the violence. With 7.3 million active users in Myanmar in 2015, Facebook had only four Burmese speakers reviewing content.

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