Media Coverage

3/26/2019

Prosecutors in Uganda’s first war crimes case allege that Thomas Kwoyelo, a colonel in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and his men, abducted children, stole animals, and massacred civilians. He pleads not guilty on all 93 counts, which include charges for murder, rape, and enslavement.

3/26/2019

Brazilian prosecutors have charged a retired army major who allegedly led a massacre of dozens of leftist guerrillas during the country’s military dictatorship. The federal prosecutors’ office said that Sebastião Curio is accused of killings, torture, and hiding bodies in the Amazon region.

Prosecutors say Curio was involved in at least two killings in the city of Brejo Grande do Araguaia in 1974. Hundreds of local residents say they were tortured for supporting Marxist guerrillas who sought to overthrow the country’s authoritarian rule.

3/26/2019

A Chilean court has sentenced three retired soldiers to 10 years in prison for their part in a horrific attack on two democracy activists who were doused with petrol and set on fire. The 1986 attack on Rodrigo Rojas and Carmen Gloria Quintana was one of the most notorious torture cases in the 17-year military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Julio Castaner, Iván Figueroa, and Nelson Medina were found guilty of murder and attempted murder. Eight other former soldiers received three-year prison sentences for acting as accomplices in the attack.

3/26/2019

The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria has called for the creation of an international tribunal to try thousands of suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) group. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the United States, have reportedly captured more than 5,000 militants from Syria and abroad since January and put them in detention centers.

3/26/2019

This January marked 40 years since Vietnamese forces toppled Pol Pot’s murderous Khmer Rouge regime. By 1979, 1.7 million Cambodians, almost a quarter of the country’s population had been murdered or had died of disease, starvation, or exhaustion from forced labor.

3/21/2019

Zimbabwe’s National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG) has said the country is deeply divided and angry, a reality that makes truth-telling a critical factor if genuine healing and reconciliation is to be achieved.

Participants in a recent Masvingo stakeholders’ consultative and monitoring meeting on the work of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission expressed dissatisfaction with its work. They complained that all the commissioners were concentrated in Harare, and that little or no outreach had happened aside from the work of civil society organizations.

3/21/2019

In 2015, Sri Lanka co-sponsored United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution 30/1 and committed to a range of measures on human rights, accountability, and reconciliation. Sri Lanka’s progress in fulfilling its commitments was discussed on March 20, at the 40th session of the UNHRC.

3/21/2019

A case brought by indigenous Ovaherero and Nama and descendants of the estimated 100,000 people who were systematically killed by colonizing Germans between 1904 and 1908 in what is now Namibia was thrown out by U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain for lack of jurisdiction. Attorney Ken McCallion appealed immediately, confident that the Second Circuit will give his clients a reversal.

3/21/2019

The issue of reparations has become a hotly politicized topic in the run up to the 2020 presidential election. Reparations as redress for the horrors inflicted upon black people in the United States, both during and after slavery, isn’t a new conversation, but it has gained renewed interest among a segment of black voters, especially those active on social media.

3/21/2019

Legislators in El Salvador are considering granting amnesty to those accused of crimes committed during the country’s brutal civil war in the 1980s. The legislation would drop all ordinary criminal charges arising from the war, and it would shield anyone convicted of war crimes from imprisonment.

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