Media Coverage

3/25/2021

Hundreds of people imprisoned for demonstrating against last month’s coup in Myanmar were released Wednesday, a rare conciliatory gesture by the military that appeared aimed at placating the protest movement. Thein Zaw, a journalist for The Associated Press who was arrested last month while covering an anti-coup protest, was also released.

Wednesday’s release was an unusual overture by the military, which has so far seemed impervious to both internal pressures from protests and outside pressure from sanctions.

3/25/2021

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says Eritrean soldiers killed more than 100 civilians in a November massacre in war-torn Tigray that may amount to crimes against humanity.

The findings released on Wednesday by the government-affiliated but independent Ethiopian Human Rights Commission corroborate separate investigations by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch into the same killings in the historic town of Axum.

3/25/2021

The University of Aberdeen says it will return a Benin Bronze to Nigeria within weeks, one of the first public institutions to do so more than a century after Britain looted the sculptures and auctioned them to Western museums and collectors.

Pressure has mounted to return to their places of origin the Benin Bronzes—actually copper alloy relief sculptures—and other artifacts taken by colonial powers. Neil Curtis, Aberdeen’s head of museums and special collections, said the Bronze, purchased in 1957, had been “blatantly looted” 124 years ago by British soldiers.

3/23/2021

In a statement to CNN this week, Lebanon's caretaker interior minister Mohammed Fahmi said there was a heightened probability of "security breaches such as explosions and assassination attempts" in the country.

Last week Wednesday, in a televised speech, Iran-backed Hezbollah's secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah also warned of civil war, drawing a bleak prognosis of the security situation, and calling on the country's fractured political class to band together to stymy the financial tailspin.

3/23/2021

In 1994, 20-year-old Radka Hancilova went to the Masaryk Municipal Hospital, in northern Czech Republic, for a planned Caesarean section. Before she gave birth, without her knowledge, doctors offered her tubal ligation—a surgical sterilization procedure that permanently prevents pregnancy.

Hancilova is one of an estimated 7,000 victims of unlawful sterilizations who have for decades fought the Czech state to pay them reparations.

3/23/2021

The UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution giving UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet a mandate to collect and preserve information and evidence of war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s long civil war, which ended in 2009.

The resolution, which was brought by the UK on behalf of a core group of countries, expressed particular concern that the island’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has “exacerbated the prevailing marginalization of and discrimination against the Muslim community.”

3/23/2021

Council members of the city of Evanston, Illinois, have voted in favor of giving funds to Black residents as a form of reparations for housing discrimination —the first city in the United States to take such action.

For Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, the architect of the Evanston Local Reparations Restorative Housing Program and Program Budget, it was an “initial first step” after years of discussion and input from locals.

3/23/2021

Atrocities have been committed in Tigray, Ethiopia’s northern region where fighting persists as government troops hunt down its fugitive leaders, the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said.

This is the first time Abiy appears to acknowledge that serious crimes have taken place in Tigray, which is home to six million people.

Abiy spoke as concerns continue to grow over the humanitarian situation in the embattled region where the conflict began in November last year when Abiy sent government troops into the region following an attack on federal military facilities.

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