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4/29/2021

In a statement on Saturday, Biden became the first US president to formally recognize the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, which began in 1915, as an act of “genocide.”

“Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring,” reads the statement, released on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

4/27/2021

In 1955, after the Sinixt were pushed down into Washington State, the Canadian government declared them extinct.

On Friday, Canada’s highest court agreed, ruling that the members of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington State were successors to the Sinixt, and, as a result, that they enjoy constitutionally protected Indigenous rights to hunt their traditional lands in Canada.

4/26/2021

This briefing paper examines how transitional justice approaches can guide the discussion around dismantling systemic racism in the United States to focus on root causes of violence and racial injustice. Drawing from relevant experiences internationally and within the United States, it provides ideas for what steps can be taken to advance acknowledgment, redress harms linked to the legacy of slavery, reform institutions, and prevent future recurrences.

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Mon, 04/26/2021 - 10:38

4/22/2021

Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence ,and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

4/20/2021

Minneapolis and other cities across the US are bracing for possible protests after a jury delivers a verdict in the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murdering George Floyd, an unarmed black man.

Floyd’s death last May in the Minnesota city helped sparked racial justice protests across the US that at times turned violent. In some cases, the unrest was met with violent crackdowns from police.

4/8/2021

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday it would provide $235 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees and restoring other assistance cut off by then-President Donald Trump.

The package, including humanitarian, economic, and development assistance, was detailed by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken as part of an effort to repair American ties with the Palestinians that all but collapsed during Trump’s tenure.

4/8/2021

The latest round of talks between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) have ended with no progress made.

Egypt’s foreign ministry said the talks failed after Ethiopia rejected a Sudanese proposal to include international mediators in talks.

Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said Ethiopia rejected the United States, European Union, the United Nations, and the African Union playing a role in overseeing the negotiations.

Sudan’s foreign minister said Ethiopia’s unilateral moves over the dam were a clear violation of international law.

4/6/2021

The US has lifted sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) top prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. The sanctions were imposed under former President Donald Trump over the court's investigation into alleged war crimes by the US in Afghanistan, and US ally Israel in the Palestinian territories.

Last year, the Trump administration accused the ICC of infringing on the US's national sovereignty when it launched its investigation into potential war crimes committed by US troops, the Taliban, and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.

3/23/2021

Council members of the city of Evanston, Illinois, have voted in favor of giving funds to Black residents as a form of reparations for housing discrimination —the first city in the United States to take such action.

For Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, the architect of the Evanston Local Reparations Restorative Housing Program and Program Budget, it was an “initial first step” after years of discussion and input from locals.

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