Media Coverage

5/22/2019

Northern Ireland's Parliament, the Stormont, has been in crisis for more than two years after a power-sharing government made up of Protestant and Catholic coalition parties collapsed in 2017.

5/22/2019

Senior Associate at International Center for Transitional Justice Ruben Carranza is heading to Armenia from the United States to help work out “transitional justice” program, Voice of America reports.

He said Armenia needs to work out criteria to be applied for all for the process not to be perceived as political vendetta.

5/21/2019

A United Nations body has condemned Ministry of Defence plans to grant military veterans amnesty from prosecution for historical offences. The Geneva-based UN Committee Against Torture called on the UK government to “refrain from enacting legislation that would grant amnesty or pardon” to troops accused of ill-treatment. This week the defense secretary, Penny Mordaunt, announced proposals to grant immunity for offences committed more than 10 years ago in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else outside the UK.

5/21/2019

A longtime chief of the Basque militant separatist group ETA was arrested Thursday in a French Alps town after being on the run for 17 years, Spanish authorities said, proudly announcing the capture of a man accused of crimes against humanity. José Antonio Urruticoetxea Bengoetxea, known by the alias Josu Ternera, has been the most wanted ETA member since 2002. Prosecutors said he will be brought before the Paris prosecutor’s office on Friday. Since he was convicted in absentia, Ternera has the right to request a new trial.

5/21/2019

A court in Kenya has ordered former President Daniel arap Moi to pay 1.06bn shillings ($10.5m; £8.2m) in compensation to a widow for illegally seizing her land. Mr. Moi transferred to himself 53 acres of land belonging to widow Susan Cheburet Chelugui, the judge ruled. This ruling is hugely significant for Kenya, as there have been numerous cases of land grabbing by high-ranking government officials and wealthy business people over the years, but the victims generally have neither the will nor the money to fight back.

5/21/2019

Over the past decade, British and American universities have been digging into their historical ties to slavery. Most have sought to ‘atone’ for their past through special programs and research projects.

5/17/2019

The government plans to roll out a special birth certificate registration program for children born during the war in Northern Uganda. The decision follows estimates from a pilot study done in 2018 in the region which showed that about 6,000 children had been born during the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) war. The study was focused on returnees, comprising mainly young women and girls, who were abducted but returned with children.

5/17/2019

A United Nations fact-finding mission has urged cutting off all business with Myanmar's military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights abuses. In a statement on Tuesday, the UN Human Rights Council said there had been no progress toward resolving the crisis over Myanmar's mostly Muslim Rohingya minority, more than one million of whom have fled military "clearance operations" in the northwest Rakhine region.

5/17/2019

Algeria’s imminent presidential election looks likely to be postponed, a source said on Friday, as protesters returned to the streets for the 13th successive Friday to demand the removal of the nation’s ruling elite. After two decades in power, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit last month under pressure from protesters and the army, and a presidential election is scheduled for July 4. But a source familiar with the matter said the vote was to be delayed due to difficulties of organizing the logistics in time and opposition on the street.

5/17/2019

A longtime politician who served four terms in Congress, Zury Rios is barred by Guatemala’s constitution from running for president. The constitution prohibits anyone who came to power by coup or force from running for president, and the same ban extends to their blood relatives up to the fourth degree of consanguinity. Rios is the daughter of former dictator General Efrain Rios Montt, who seized power in a military coup and was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in the massacres of 1,771 Maya Ixil civilians.

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