Media Coverage

4/2/2019

The chief presidential advisor on human rights, Francisco Barbosa, revealed that if Congress rejects President Ivan Duque’s objections to the statutory law that established the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), the president will approve the law.

“The country should know that if the objections are rejected, the president of the Republic will comply with the Constitution and approve the statutory law,” Barbosa said.

4/2/2019

The Transitional Justice Commission of the Republic of China plans to complete its survey of roads named Zhongzheng, a name adopted by Chiang Kai-shek, by September. It wants to establish the number of roads nationwide with names that symbolize the nation’s authoritarian past, as well as the history behind the names.

4/2/2019

During a meeting with representatives of the Armenian community in Austria, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan confirmed that an arrangement had been made so that the National Assembly, and not the government, will lead transitional justice in Armenia.

“I hope that the [different factions within the] National Assembly…will work [together] so that an acceptable mechanism for transitional justice is found,” he said.

4/2/2019

The Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) of Tunisia has released its final report, a devastating 2,000-page archive of torture and human rights violations that is intended to prevent the return of authoritarian rule. The president of the TDC, Sihem Bensedrine, unveiled the document at a ceremony in Tunis and posted the entire Arabic-language document on the commission’s website. The report is the product of four and a half years of investigation mandated by a constitutional assembly after Tunisia’s popular uprising of 2010 and 2011.

4/2/2019

The Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) has finally endorsed the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report and the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court. The TRC report was completed in 2009, but it took the National Legislature over a decade to agree on its implementation.

The decision was reached following tense debate among 94 delegates at the end of the LNBA General Assembly. During the event, 86 out of the 94 voted for the implementation of the document. Four voted against implementation and four abstained from the process.

3/28/2019

The president of Colombia’s war crimes tribunal, Patricia Linares, sent a letter to controversial former president Alvaro Uribe asking him to end his campaign of “insults, disinformation, and distortion” against the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). Uribe, whose administration has been convicted for multiple war crimes, has wielded his substantial political power to attack the JEP, repeatedly calling for it to be dismantled.

3/28/2019

25 years after the genocide, Rwanda is still an enigma. Its recovery in economic, social, and psychological terms is hotly debated, and almost every aspect of the past and present is still argued over.

3/28/2019

A court in Lithuania has found a former Soviet defense minister, Marshall Dmitry Yazov, guilty of war crimes over a deadly crackdown aimed at stopping the Baltic state breaking away from the USSR in 1991. He was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison.

3/28/2019

In a statement issued one week after the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) passed a resolution giving Sri Lanka another two years to deliver reforms originally agreed in 2015, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet dismissed a newspaper story that claimed she “admitted that certain facts incorporated in the UNHRC report against Sri Lanka could not be condoned whatsoever.”

3/28/2019

A report by the Instance Verité et Dignité (IVD), or Truth and Dignity Commission, details President Beji Caid Essebsi’s alleged responsibility for crimes committed while serving as a minister in the regime of Habib Bourguiba. It also alleges extensive corruption by the former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, his extended family, and wider network, including the misuse of public funds, enforced disappearances, and torture committed under his rule.

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