United States

7/20/2018

Anthony Bradley, a professor of religion, theology, and ethics at King’s College in New York City, persuasively argues that the United States needs to embrace a transitional justice approach to begin healing the wounds of Jim Crow racial segregation.

7/16/2018

The United States Department of Justice revived its investigation into the murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy whose brutal murder 63 years ago in the state of Mississippi for allegedly talking to a European-American woman became an iconic case for the Civil Rights movement. At his public funeral in Chicago his mutilated body was displayed in an open casket, exposing once again the vicious reality of American racism. The murderers were acquitted by an all-white jury but a year later publicly admitted their guilt.

6/21/2018

The public school board in Richmond, Virginia voted to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School to Barack Obama Elementary School. J.E.B. Stuart was a confederate general during the American civil war who fought to keep African Americans enslaved. Barack Obama was the nation’s first African American president. The renaming follows a growing movement across the country to take down or replace monuments to the Confederacy.

Head, Children and Youth Program

5/14/2018

ICTJ's Virginie Ladisch spoke with Heythem Guesmi, a young Tunisian activist who is fighting systemic oppression, economic exclusion, and impunity that persist despite the Revolution’s initial success, and Thenjiwe McHarris, a young organizer working with Black Lives Matter in the United States—a movement whose urgency also stems from historic marginalization leading to widespread impunity and systematic failures in law enforcement.

4/20/2018

Mohammed Jabbateh, 51, given lengthy jail term owing to nature of crimes he sought to hide.

A former Liberian warlord known as “Jungle Jabbah” has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in a groundbreaking judgment by a US court for lying about his role in Liberia’ civil war and the atrocities he committed.

4/12/2018

Concerned about the plight of black people in her Missouri district, a Democratic state senator on Tuesday called for reparations for former slaves and criticized her own party for taking African-American votes for granted.

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, criticized white Democrats, such as U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, saying there's "no difference" between them and Republicans. Both parties, she said, have failed black people.

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4/5/2018

On the heels of police officers shooting a young, unarmed black man to death in Sacramento, California, last month, state lawmakers announced a first-of-its-kind bill on Monday that raises the standard for when officers may open fire.

The proposed legislation would change the guidance in California’s use of force laws so that police may open fire ”‘only when necessary’ rather than ‘when reasonable,’” Sacramento-based Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D), said at a press conference Tuesday.

3/28/2018

U.S. sanctions on oil entities of South Sudan are counterproductive to efforts to bring stability and peace in the country, South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum said on Thursday, a day after the U.S. slapped sanctions on 15 South Sudanese oil-related entities.

1/26/2018

These questions become more urgent in the context of the Office of the Prosecutor’s recent decision to request approval from the ICC Pre-trial Chamber to investigate crimes that were committed in Afghanistan, including those committed by the US military and the CIA. The prosecutor’s 2017 report on her preliminary examinations in Afghanistan refers to acts that were “particularly cruel, involving the infliction of serious physical and psychological injury, over prolonged periods…leaving victims deeply traumatized.”

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