Media Coverage

8/21/2018

One hundred days after a popular uprising, the new Armenian government is pursuing an ambitious housecleaning. While a broad anti-corruption campaign targets businesses connected to members of the old administration, another campaign is bringing criminal charges against former officials for the killing of peaceful protesters in 2008. However, critics complain the anti-corruption campaign is selective and the prosecutions are too politicized. Elections are expected in the coming months.

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8/21/2018

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) issued a statement condemning the violence, intimidation, and obstruction to the work of Libya’s sovereign institutions by militiamen. According to the mission, members of militia brigades nominally under the Ministry of the Interior are attacking institutions of the state and oil installations and preventing them from operating effectively.

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8/21/2018

After Ugandan pop-star-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi was arrested and charged with weapons possession last week, protests at his arrest continued over the weekend. His wife and lawyer say he has been framed and badly beaten while in the custody of security forces. Kyangulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, has recently emerged as a voice for the youth and outspoken critic of long time President Yoweri Mseveni, who has ruled the country since 1986.

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8/21/2018

On Sunday, Colombia’s President Ivan Duque promised to institute extra measures to curb the killings of social leaders after ignoring the crisis for several months. Since the right-wing leader’s electoral victory in June, the murder of social activists has escalated. Since the former guerrilla group FARC signed a peace deal with the former President in 2016, at least 337 community leaders and human rights defenders have been assassinated. The President has expressed unwillingness to endorse the peace process and accompanying war crimes tribunal and truth commission.

8/16/2018

An airstrike last week by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that killed 40 children and 11 adults was just one of more than 50 airstrikes against civilian vehicles this year. While the Saudis have formed the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) to investigate incidents of civilian casualties, the JIAT has supported the Saudi military version of events in almost every case it has addressed. Meanwhile, criticism has been mounting in the western capitals that sell the Saudis the vast majority of the weapons being used in Yemen.
 

8/16/2018

After months of negotiations aimed at ending South Sudan’s civil war, President Salva Kir and rebel leader Riek Machar recently signed new power-sharing and ceasefire agreements. The latest agreement paves the way for a three-year transitional government of national unity and reaffirms a cease-fire that was originally signed in July. However, regional and western powers remain skeptical that the newest agreement will not end in bloodshed as the previous ten agreements signed between the two leaders have.

8/16/2018

Efforts are now underway in Pakistan and India to preserve the memories of those who survived the two country’s traumatic partition seventy-one years ago. Two years ago the Partition Museum opened in India, and across the border the Citizens’ Archive of Pakistan recently launched an Oral History Project. Both projects seek to preserve the first-hand accounts of families torn apart, reunited, or other affected by the bloody segregation of these post-colonial states.

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8/16/2018

According to the United Nations (UN), as of June around 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the country mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. The UN spokesperson said those fleeing cite lack of food as the main reason for leaving. They also spoke about the deteriorating state of the country’s medical system which has resulted in the rise of formerly eradicated diseases.

8/16/2018

The US State Department has accused the Bosnian Serb authorities of attempting to deny history by annulling a report on the 1995 Srebrenica massacre which accepted that killings by Serb forces represented a serious violation of humanitarian law. The report was annulled by Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska National Assembly earlier this week.

8/14/2018

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has expressed concern over credible reports that China is detaining a million Muslim Uighurs in re-education “counter-extremism centers” in the western region of Xinjiang. Human rights groups submitted reports documenting claims of mass imprisonment, indefinite detention without charge, and political indoctrination. It is said that Chinese authorities are carrying out the operation under the guise of combating religious extremism. The Chinese government, however, has denied the existence of the camps.

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