National Prosecutions

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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5/31/2018

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development establishes an ambitious set of goals and targets, the achievement of which will be a formidable challenge for any country struggling with poverty and inequality. This challenge increases dramatically for countries currently experiencing or emerging from violent conflict. 

5/29/2018

Tunisia’s Ministry of Relations with Constitutional Bodies, Civil Society and Human Rights yesterday signed an agreement with the country’s Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) to continue its mission until the end of December 2018.

The ministry’s decision came despite the parliament’s vote on 26 March to disband the commission by the end of May and to reject its request for extension supported by Transitional Justice law.

5/21/2018

By looking at the documentation efforts of Syrian civil society organizations, this paper challenges the notion that criminal prosecution is the sole avenue of justice available for alleged crimes in Syria. Documentation could be used for important other avenues of justice, such as acknowledgement, fulfilling victims’ right to truth, and informing and preparing future transitional justice processes. This paper makes several recommendations for what can be done with documentation to support Syrian victims.

Date published: 
Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:56

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