Media Coverage

3/7/2019

Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said the international community was confident about Nepal’s ability to take the transitional justice process to its logical conclusion. Speaking after his return from the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Gyawali also emphasized that the government did not need any external assistance to conclude the transitional justice process.

3/7/2019

A team from the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has visited Bangladesh for a preliminary probe into alleged atrocities committed against the Rohingya by the Myanmar military in 2017. A statement from the ICC confirmed the tour but said it was part of the office’s "ongoing preliminary examinations concerning the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar."

3/5/2019

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) welcomed the extension of the release of compensation to human rights victims of the Marcos dictatorship until the end of the year. Documents released last week show that President Rodrigo Duterte signed the joint resolution allowing the extension on February 22. The CHR clarified that the extension does not reopen the application for new claims and appeals, which ended in May 2018.

A total of 11,103 victims are entitled to compensation from Marcos’ secret Swiss bank deposits worth P10 billion (USD $191 million).

3/5/2019

When Sihem Bensedrine, the head of Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD), tried to give a speech in parliament last year, she was drowned out. She was recently blamed for the “failure of transitional justice” by the Tunisian prime minister, Youssef Chahed.

3/5/2019

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addressed the nation on the anniversary of the declaration of a state of emergency on March 1, 2008. The declaration came after Armenian special forces violently dispersed crowds protesting alleged electoral fraud.

In a televised speech, the prime minister said that it is “extremely important to give a political assessment [of] what happened.” He said that, in 2008, the main and perhaps only targets of the ruling elite were the rights, dignity, and freedom of the citizens of the Republic of Armenia.

3/5/2019

The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) concluded its second three-week session on February 28. During this session, the commission heard testimonies from 12 witnesses, which brought the total number of witnesses heard since the beginning of hearings on January 7 to 25. All of the witnesses were male. The TRRC has received statements from female victims, but so far, they have not given testimony.

3/5/2019

Yolanda Perea Mosquera is speaking in a convention center packed with 1,400 of the more than 8 million victims of the armed conflict in Colombia. They are survivors of crimes such as kidnapping, torture, forced displacement, and sexual assault. Ms Perea is also a survivor of the armed conflict. She was sexually assaulted by a Farc guerrilla when she was 11 years old and became pregnant as a result of the attack. She miscarried when a group of Farc fighters beat her up.

3/4/2019

The Bosnian state court has acquitted Slavko Milovanovic, a former member of the reserve police forces in the village of Skelani in the Srebrenica municipality, of crimes against humanity.

Milovanovic was found not guilty of going to the village of Resagici on May 8, 1992, with a group made up of members of the military, paramilitary, and police formations, participating in an attack, and giving an order to burn houses.

3/4/2019

Transitional justice efforts in Taiwan are lenient compared with those in Germany, said Lin Feng-jeng, Chairman of the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee, in response to criticism from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

3/4/2019

Nepalese Prime Minister’s Office Secretary Ramesh Dhakal, who has been consulting conflict victims on transitional justice issues, said it was unlikely that the government would register a new bill to amend the truth and reconciliation act in the ongoing session of Parliament. “It’s not merely a legal issue but also a political issue… I think the political leaders are yet [to] reach consensus,” he said.

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