January 26, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen on Monday made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The pre-trial hearing was brief as Ongwen simply had to confirm his identity and that he clearly understood the charges against him. During his hearing, ...[read more]
January 17, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined El Salvador in a ceremony Friday commemorating the twenty-third anniversary of the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords. The accords, signed on January 16, 1992, marked the conclusion of more than a decade of civil war in El Salvador. The Salvadoran ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said Wednesday that humanitarian workers are increasingly being called on to deal with the consequences of crises that arise out of complex situations, including poor governance, political paralysis, underdevelopment, poverty and inequality. Amos, who ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by William Helbling
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reported Friday that hundreds of civilians were targeted and massacred based on their ethnicity and political beliefs in two separate events last year that may amount to war crimes. In the capitals of Unity State and Jongelei, 353 civilians were murdered and ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Addison Morris
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged Congolese authorities to bring to justice those who commanded rebel troops to commit killings, rapes, mutilations and child abductions across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). HRW pointed specifically to the fact that Mai Mai militia leader Ntabo ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called Tunisia's military justice law repressive after blogger Yassine Ayari was sentenced to three years for "defaming the army" and "insulting military high command" for posting criticisms of government officials on Facebook. HRW criticized the Tunisian ...[read more]
December 29, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
The Islamic State (IS) executed 1,878 people in Syria over the past six months, reported the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on Sunday. Of those killed, 120 were members of IS who were foreign fighters trying the leave the ranks and head home. However, the majority of those ...[read more]
December 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Nigerian court martial sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, their lawyer, Nigerian human rights activist Femi Falana, stated on Thursday. The soldiers were found guilty of mutiny while fighting the insurgent Boko Haram Islamist group, in which the soldiers refused to assist in recapturing ...[read more]
December 9, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The Israeli army's air strikes on four landmark buildings in Gaza from July to August this year were deliberate and indicative of war crimes, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday. No one was killed in the attacks, but many civilians in neighboring buildings were severely injured. AI reported ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced 188 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death for an August 2013 attack on a police station in the governate of Giza, widely known as the "Kerdasa massacre." This incident resulted in the death of 11 police officers and two civilians and was staged in ...[read more]

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