Media Coverage

10/26/2018

Genocide against Muslim-majority Rohingya in Myanmar and the government is increasingly demonstrating it has no interest in establishing a fully functioning democracy, a UN investigator said. Marzuki Darusman, chair of the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar, said the estimated 250,000 to 400,000 Rohingya who remained in the Buddhist-majority country following last year’s brutal crackdown "continue to suffer the most severe" restrictions and repression.

10/26/2018

The Nepali Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs is holding consultations with the political leadership before finalizing a controversial bill to amend the Transitional Justice Act. The government in June made public the zero draft of the bill, which was widely criticized for proposing reduced penalties for convicted perpetrators of crimes during the civil war.

10/26/2018

During a policy forum discussing the Kosovo Specialist Chambers held in Prishtina, politicians and academics condemned the lengthy indictment process that the Kosovo public and political figures have sat through since the court began investigations.

10/26/2018

The Khoisan were the first inhabitants of southern Africa, enduring centuries of gradual dispossession at the hands of settlers, including the Bantu, whose descendants make up most of South Africa’s black population today. Since the end of apartheid in 1994, the ruling African National Congress has embarked on a mission to redistribute land. But this process has largely excluded the Khoisan, because South Africa does not acknowledge them as the country’s first peoples, and their land was mostly taken long before the apartheid era.

10/26/2018

Vicious sandstorms are only one of many concerns for the increasingly desperate families in the Rukban refugee camp, in southern Syria on the border with Jordan. The UN warned that humanitarian conditions have reached a critical level and aid groups are scrambling to reach the area, but a long-term plan for relief remains elusive. “We don’t have doctors here, and people here are poor.

10/26/2018

Since the end of armed conflict with the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016, Colombia has held two of its most peaceful elections in decades and was welcomed into the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in early 2018. But along with a change of government, Colombia’s presidential election in June 2018 also ushered in a wave of threats and violence against the country’s media that threaten the country’s precarious position as an emerging regional power.

10/24/2018

Prosecutor Serge Brammertz of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and Vice President Gilles Carbonnier of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Geneva to promote their cooperation in the search for persons still missing from the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

10/22/2018

On October 4, seven Rohingya men arrested in 2012 for entering India without documentation were deported to Myanmar. The deportation came hours after India's Supreme Court refused to intervene in a plea by defense lawyer Prashant Bhushan to allow them to remain in the country. "Today's decision by the Supreme Court marks a dark day for human rights in India," said Aakar Patel of Amnesty India.

10/22/2018

As South Africa's passionate debate over land redistribution grows, one city outside Johannesburg is preparing what the mayor calls a "test case" for the nation—the seizure of hundreds of acres of land from private owners, without paying for it, to build low-cost housing. Like other South African cities, Ekurhuleni faces a dire housing crunch, with some 600,000 of its nearly 4 million people living in "informal settlements" and a shortage of land to build homes.

10/22/2018

Therapists have known for decades that a primary way young children communicate and comprehend trauma is by drawing pictures. A specialized school, along with 10 others like it in Syria, is designed to ease children back into a normal life through art, music, and sports. “What we found is the children had been so traumatized, they couldn't even recognize numbers or letters," says Deanie Holder, a State Department official who helps oversee the childcare centers in northeast Syria, an area controlled by U.S. forces and its Kurdish and Arab allies.

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