Media Coverage

12/29/2018

Forty NGO workers, including at least 15 Americans, were cleared by an Egyptian court in a case concerning the work of groups promoting democracy in the country. In 2013, a group of 43 Americans, Europeans, Egyptians, and other Arabs were sentenced to jail terms ranging from one to five years on charges including operating non-governmental organizations without necessary approval.

12/17/2018

At the outset of World War II, 60,000 Roma people lived in Serbia, and 300,000 in Yugoslavia as a whole. Researchers and experts say there is still no exact data on the number of Roma who were killed during World War II, but estimates suggest that 12,000 to 20,000 of them died in Serbia. Their deaths were a direct or indirect consequence of the Nazi occupiers’ rigorous anti-Roma laws, which were implemented by Serbia’s collaborationist regime.

12/17/2018

Victims of apartheid-era atrocities have demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa include some 80,000 people as beneficiaries of the President’s Fund, so they may receive reparations and have their dignity restored. In a letter to Ramaphosa, the Khulumani Support Group—an organization which supports apartheid-era victims and activists—has urged that a meeting must be held to address victims excluded from receiving reparations.

12/17/2018

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday declaring that the crimes committed by Myanmar’s security forces against Rohingya Muslims constitute genocide—a notable move given that the U.S. State Department has yet to make such a designation. “With this resolution, the House fulfills its …duty,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) said in floor remarks in support of the resolution. The resolution passed with a vote of 394 to 1.

12/17/2018

The Ontario government has taken an axe to a program that was designed to advance the province’s response to calls to action from the federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

12/14/2018

The appeals chamber of the Bosnian state court on Friday found Milorad Radakovic and Goran Pejic not guilty of war crimes. Radakovic and Pejic had been accused of going to the village of Tukovi near Prijedor on June 13, 1992, when one of the defendants killed three members of the Ecimovic family in one house and then both opened fire in a second house, killing two more members of the family. Radakovic is a former reservist policeman, while Pejic is a former member of an unidentified military or police formation. They were originally acquitted in May this year.

12/14/2018

Thousands of victims of apartheid-era atrocities in South Africa are still waiting for compensation, despite there being a government fund to assist them with reparation, housing, health care services, and education. In 2003, the government set up the President’s Fund to finance the recommended reparations; this fund has now grown to about R 1.6 billion.

12/14/2018

When the FARC was a guerrilla army, among its many illegal sources of income was the kidnapping and ransoming of tourists. FARC started disarming in 2016, but it is still making money from tourists in a more peaceful way. In Camp Mariana Páez in Meta province, about eight hours’ drive from Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, visitors can “live like a guerrilla” with 260 demobilized FARC members. “This is not the first spot you will see on TripAdvisor,” says Michael Soto, a visiting student from the University of Minnesota.

12/14/2018

Iraqi activist Nadia Murad met her country’s president in Baghdad after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence. Murad, a member of Iraq's Yazidi minority, was among thousands of women and girls who were captured and forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State militants in 2014. She became an activist on behalf of women and girls after escaping and finding refuge in Germany.

12/14/2018

Cambodia’s Parliament passed legislation on Thursday that could allow a five-year ban on political activity by some top opposition politicians to be lifted. The action was the latest in a low-key charm offensive to improve relations with Western nations that accuse Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government of suppressing democracy and violating human rights. The U.S. and Germany have instituted some diplomatic sanctions against Cambodia, and Washington and the European Union have threatened to extend economic ones as well.

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