National Prosecutions

6/12/2018

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) submitted evidence to Colombian authorities in their bid to secure the extradition of a demobilized FARC leader. They claim the FARC leader was still involved in the drug trade as recently as early this year. After the evidence is studied by Colombian authorities, the transitional justice tribunal will decide whether the FARC leader should be excluded from the peace process. The Colombian Supreme Court will then decide if the evidence is sufficient to extradite the FARC leader to the United States.

6/8/2018

Yasmin Sooka, Head of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa and former TRC Commissioner posed a critical question to the nation this week – At what point will the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) indict those at the command level? She was referring to the Ministers, Generals and Commanders of the apartheid era who ordered killings and evaded the TRC. It is a question that can no longer be swept under the carpet any more than it could in Germany after the holocaust or in Chile after Pinochet.

6/8/2018

The Women Monthly Forum in South Sudan is calling for the establishment of a hybrid court to deal with the grave crimes committed against civilians in the country. Activists say there are multiple cases in which soldiers who have been accused of abuses have been arrested and then released without further punishment.

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6/6/2018

The latest commission announced by the Burmese government to investigate human rights abuses in Rakhine State is a “sham” and an attempt to “delay and deflect real justice” says Human Rights Watch.

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6/6/2018

Following a trip by the UN Security Council to Myanmar in April and May, the Council is urging that country’s government to allow international investigators to help in the probe into alleged violations committed against Rohingya Muslims.

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6/6/2018

The Truth and Dignity Commission has brought its first case to court in Tunisia, accusing the former President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and 13 other ex-officials of voluntary homicide in the forced disappearance and murder-by-torture of Kamel Matmati in 1991.

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6/6/2018

The sole survivor of the 2005 murder of 55 West African migrants by a paramilitary force loyal to former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh is leading a campaign to bring the former Gambian leader to justice in Ghana.  

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6/6/2018

Three survivors of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh’s controversial HIV treatment program filed a civil suit in court in Banjul last week suing the former leader for compensation for damages caused during the treatment.

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6/6/2018

A tribunal in Guatemala recently ruled unanimously against four high-ranking former military officials for crimes against humanity, aggravated sexual violence and enforced disappearance. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, says the ruling is a positive step towards addressing past impunity and in turn strengthening the fight against impunity in the present and the consolidation of the rule of law.

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