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TRC Before the Bloodshed?
December 11, 2014
JURIST is seeking commentary on the methods through which a troubled society might reconcile differences prior to the outbreak of large-scale violence. Could the Truth and Reconciliation Commission model that was brought to bear in South Africa, Liberia, Argentina, Indonesia and many other countries....... [more]

UNICEF: 2014 a devastating year for children
December 8, 2014
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) issued a press release Friday declaring 2014 "a devastating year for children" citing the 15 million children affected by violent conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, the State of Palestine, Syria and Ukraine. Beyond the newly erupted conflict....... [more]

Madagascar former president arrested upon return to country
October 14, 2014
Former president of Madagascar Marc Ravalomanana was arrested on Monday when he returned to the country after five years of living in exile in South Africa. Tear gas was fired and security forces were seen outside his house before he was detained, a BBC reporter stated. Ravalomana had made several....... [more]

UN: Responsibility to protect becoming increasingly urgent
September 8, 2014
The UN General Assembly on Monday met to discuss "the responsibility to protect" adopted by world leaders in 2005, with UN officials stressing the urgency of this responsibility as crises rage around the world. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the assembly, saying that the world now faces a....... [more]

Rights groups call for South Sudan arms embargo
September 4, 2014
A group of East African and South Sudanese rights group submitted a petition Wednesday to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) calling for an immediate comprehensive arms embargo on South Sudan. IGAD, which is made up of eight East African nations including Kenya, Ethiopia and Ugand....... [more]

South Africa court orders release of tapes in Zuma corruption case
August 28, 2014
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma. Zuma had applied to prevent the tapes from being released while the opposition party, Democratic Alliance, sought access to them. The case has....... [more]

UN: human rights abuses against children continuing with impunity
July 3, 2014
According to a report issued by the UN on Tuesday, children continued to be victims of violence and military recruitment in 23 conflict zones around the world in 2013. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui condemned the abuses, particularly t....... [more]

Outgoing UN rights chief delivers final remarks to council
June 11, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay delivered her final address to the UN Human Rights Council as High Commissioner for Human Rights Tuesday. Pillay, a South African national, took up the post of High Commissioner in 2008, two years after the formation of the UN Humans Right Council. I....... [more]

AI details South Sudan crimes against humanity in new report
May 8, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released a report detailing the crimes against humanity that have been fueled by South Sudan's conflict. The report, entitled "Nowhere Safe: Civilians Under Attack in South Sudan," documents the ethnically-motivated violence that has led to the targeted killing....... [more]

UN rights chief: Syria government abuses 'far outweigh' rebels
April 9, 2014
Human rights violations by Syrian government forces "far outweigh" those by armed rebel groups, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay told the UN Security Council on Tuesday. Pillay briefed the Security Council on the human rights situations in Syria, Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan, Mali an....... [more]

HRW: African nations should investigate the use of cluster bombs in South Sudan
February 16, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the governments of South Sudan and Uganda on Saturday to investigate new evidence that cluster bombs were used in the South Sudan conflict. HRW cited new evidence of cluster bombs, including intact unexploded submunitions or "bomblets," discovered by UN experts in the....... [more]




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