Media Coverage

3/4/2021

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has opened a formal investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian territories. Last month, the Hague-based court ruled that it could exercise its criminal jurisdiction over the territories.

The ICC has the authority to prosecute those accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes on the territory of states party to the Rome Statute, its founding treaty.

3/4/2021

President Emmanuel Macron has admitted for the first time that French soldiers murdered a top Algerian independence figure then covered up his death in the latest acknowledgment by Paris of its colonial-era crimes.

French authorities had previously claimed that he had committed suicide while in detention, a lie that his widow and other family members had campaigned for years to see overturned.

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3/4/2021

At least 19 Myanmar police have crossed into India to escape taking orders from a military junta that is trying to suppress protests against last month’s coup, an Indian police official said on Thursday, adding that more were expected.

There have been several instances recounted on social media of police joining the civil disobedience movement and protests against the junta, with some arrested, but this is the first reported case of police fleeing Myanmar.

3/4/2021

A main Afro-Colombian port city on Colombia’s western coast, Buenaventura, has long been considered one of the most violent places in the country. It was here where armed groups would dismember victims and dispose of their bodies in the adjacent Pacific Ocean.

In 2019, Buenaventura held its first LGBTQ pride parade, something previously unheard of in the traditional and machista, or male chauvinist, city.

3/4/2021

The UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet stressed in a statement on Thursday the urgent need for an independent investigation into the situation in Tigray, which has been rocked by months of fighting. Bachelet stated, “Victims and survivors of these violations must not be denied their rights to the truth and to justice,” and that “with multiple actors in the conflict, blanket denials, and finger-pointing, there is a clear need for an objective, independent assessment of these reports.”

3/4/2021

About 50 women’s organizations in Egypt have published a statement laying out basic principles regarding women’s legal rights amid growing controversy over a proposed bill to amend the country’s personal status law. The statement, which was also signed by more than 100 individuals, came in response to local media reports that the Egyptian parliament will discuss a bill aimed at changing women’s rights and responsibilities around divorce and marriage.

3/3/2021

Ten former members of Colombian guerrilla group FARC were killed and three were captured during a bombing in southeastern Guaviare province, the defense minister said on Tuesday. The fighters, who reject the 2016 peace deal between FARC and the government, were targeted in the rural municipality of Calamar.

Former FARC guerrillas who reject the deal, referred to by the government as “dissidents,” have become a security threat in the Andean country, accused of murdering human rights activists, producing cocaine, and taking part in illegal mining.

3/2/2021

The United Nations chief has warned of a “death sentence” for Yemen as an international donor conference yielded less than half the funds needed to fund urgently needed humanitarian programs and prevent a devastating famine in the war-ravaged country.

“Cutting aid is a death sentence,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.

3/2/2021

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said he would be ready to hold snap parliamentary elections if the opposition agreed to certain conditions, as thousands joined rival street rallies in the capital Yerevan on Monday.

Pashinyan, in power since 2018, is facing a crisis after the army last week demanded he step down, prompting him to decry a coup attempt and try to sack the army’s top general.

3/2/2021

Police in Myanmar repeatedly used tear gas and rubber bullets Tuesday against crowds protesting last month’s coup, but the demonstrators regrouped after each volley and tried to defend themselves with barricades as standoffs between protesters and security forces intensified. Myanmar authorities have escalated their crackdown on the protests in recent days, making mass arrests and firing into the crowds.

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