Media Coverage

4/30/2019

Recent estimates suggest as many as 60 people have applied for the posts of member and chairperson of Nepal’s two transitional justice mechanisms, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP). Some of the applicants include retired appellate court judges and government secretaries. A member of the recommendation committee said, on condition of anonymity, that at least three former members of the TRC and CIEDP, who retired on April 13, were among the applicants.

4/25/2019

Up to 100,000 people died in Sri Lanka’s horrific civil war, which ended in 2009. After the war, Sri Lanka moved haltingly along the path of transitional justice, drawing international support but also criticism. Separately, domestic political battles reached dangerous levels. Last year, a constitutional clash between rival politicians left Sri Lanka with competing prime ministers amid warnings that the country risked plunging back into a bloodbath. The police canceled vacations just in case.

4/25/2019

Evidence shows that up to 1.5 million Armenians were systematically massacred by the Ottoman Empire during its collapse. Ottoman forces shot, starved, maimed, worked to death, raped, burned, deported, and drowned Armenians en masse. Ottoman authorities destroyed or confiscated Armenian churches, homes, and cultural and other properties where Armenians had lived for 2,500 years.

4/25/2019

Three billionaire brothers, Reda, Abdelkader, and Tarek Kouninef, have been arrested and placed in temporary custody by a judge in Algiers as part of an anti-corruption drive. They were arrested together with Algeria's wealthiest businessman, Issad Rebrab, founder and chairman of Cevital, Algeria's biggest privately held company. Karim Kouninef, a fourth brother, was also detained but has since been released.

4/25/2019

Amid the chants praising the “revolution of the people,” a new slogan appeared this week at a massive sit-in protest in Sudan’s capital: “We do not want Saudi aid even if we have to eat beans and falafel!” The chant underscored the suspicion in the protest camp about the motives of Saudi Arabia and its close ally, the United Arab Emirates, after they jointly pledged USD $3 billion in aid to Sudan’s transitional military government.

4/25/2019

“Cambodian Rock Band,” a musical play by Lauren Yee, is now showing at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. It explores a father’s efforts to shield his daughter from the darker truths of his experiences during the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s, and, most crucially, to prevent her from learning things about him that might result in him losing her love. At the same time, his daughter is working with the ICTJ in legal efforts to bring the aged leaders of the Khmer Rouge to justice.

4/23/2019

Hundreds of relatives of victims gathered at a memorial to the 54 ethnic Albanian civilians killed by Serbian forces in the village of Poklek to mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre. The head of the Kosovo Assembly, Kadri Veseli, laid flowers at the memorial and lamented that the killers have not been prosecuted. “Many things can be forgotten and forgiven in a human life, but we will never forget Serbia’s massacres in Kosovo. We will never forgive them,” he said.

4/23/2019

According to a statement by the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), after nearly two weeks of searching at a barracks about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Banjul, investigators exhumed the skulls of seven military personnel executed 25 years ago.

About two dozen military men were executed in November 1994 following an attempted coup against Yahya Jammeh. It came just a few months after Jammeh had seized power, overthrowing the democratically-elected government. Jammeh himself was forced out of office after losing elections to Adama Barrow in December 2016.

4/23/2019

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s interest in studying human rights around the world led to his meeting with relatives of the 43 college students from Ayotzinapa who disappeared in Guerrero State in 2014. That encounter led to his new exhibit in Mexico City at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, which displays big, colorful portraits of the 43 missing people assembled by students using Lego.

4/23/2019

Five years after Islamic State (IS) killed thousands of Yazidis, United Nations teams have begun exhuming mass graves around the city of Kocho, hoping to identify the bodies of missing people and enable the burial of remains by families. Since IS lost control of the Sinjar region in northern Iraq, Yazidi men have protected the remains of those who died during the Kocho massacre. They suspect that some of their relatives might be found in the city’s mass grave.

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