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Mexico is investigating claims that six Mexican women were sterilized while in a US migrant detention center, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.


A high-level delegation led by the head of Sudan’s ruling council was in the United Arab Emirates for separate talks with Emirati and US officials on Monday, including discussions on its removal from the US’s list of countries that “sponsor terrorism,” according to state media.


The UN Security Council on Tuesday asked Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appoint a special envoy to broker peace in Libya, although Russia and China abstained from voting on the resolution that also extended the UN mission in the country.


The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a motion to seize a USD $3.5 million mansion from Yahya Jammeh, the former strongman of the Gambia, just one of 281 known properties registered in his name or in which he holds shares.

The mansion was purchased through a trust set up in his daughter’s name, Mariam, using millions of U.S. dollars embezzled from the Gambia’s public funds and through business bribes, according to the complaint.


The United Nations (UN) documented almost 3,500 civilian casualties in Afghanistan during the first half of 2020, a slight decrease on the year but still a worrying figure given that an agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban took effect early this year designed to bring a “significant” reduction in violence. The mid-year report released Monday by the UN mission in Afghanistan blames Taliban militants for 43 percent of the civilian casualties and warns the war remains one of the deadliest in the world.

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In the wake of the mass demonstrations in the United States, activists in European cities similarly took the streets to protest against racism and police violence. In Belgium, mostly young activists have defaced statues of King Leopold II with red paint, insisting public spaces be "decolonized" that commemorate the monarch who personally owned the Congo for more than two decades before relinquishing it to the Belgian government which then controlled it for half a century. Are Belgian and other societies in Europe ready to reckon with the truth of their colonial legacies?

Executive Director


It happened again. George Floyd’s name is now added to the tragic list—already far too long—of other people of color whose lives have been cut short as a direct result of the United States’ long history of racism and white supremacy. We at ICTJ are outraged by the cruel and senseless murder of an unarmed Black man by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As we try to process this horrific act and grieve the tragic loss of another human life, we must also grapple with the hard truth that it is frankly unsurprising that this list of names continues to grow.


NEW YORK, August 19, 2019—The International Center for Transitional Justice announces the addition of two distinguished members to its Board of Directors. Ellen Taus and Brad Smith bring to ICTJ decades of experience in leadership roles at major global institutions.

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In the United States, the debate over a national reparations program for slavery and Jim Crow has until now encountered political opposition. However, transitional justice approaches at the community level are increasingly surfacing to address racial injustice. A handful of 2020 presidential candidates have come out in support of reparations for slavery. Recently, Georgetown University took center stage in this debate when its student body voted in favor of a student-led initiative to establish a fee that will fund education and health care programs for the descendants of 272 enslaved persons sold by the university in 1838.