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Posts Tagged ‘Genocide’

Why Africans should support justice in DRC by acknowledging the Congolese genocide

AFP photo   By Benedicte Kumbi Last year friends such as Ugandan Josephine Apira and Rwandan comrades of the same struggle Ambrose Nzeyimana and Rene Claudel Mugenzi agreed to support a petition we as Congolese had written regarding the situation in the Great Lakes.

Sri Lanka and the International Criminal Court

Reuters photo   By Thambu Kanagasabai There appears to be some confusion as to the scope of functions and jurisdiction of the ICC, and more particularly its jurisdiction over Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes.

Thawing the frozen Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By Cynthia M. Lardner The frozen Israeli-Palestinian conflict has raged on almost since the day Israel achieved independence in 1948, further degrading the most destabilized region in the world.

Sri Lanka’s history of unfulfilled commitments

Stefan Wermuth/Reuters   By Thambu Kanagasabai   Extending the never ending history of grievances and sufferings of Tamils

Burma: Where Hypocrisy Clashes with Morality

Darren Whiteside/Reuters   By Cynthia M. Lardner   “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” wisely stated George Santayana.

UN system owes Sri Lankan Tamils remedial justice

AFP photo   By Kumarathasan Rasingam   “In the end, it comes down to values, as was said so many times today. We want the world our children inherit to be defined by the values enshrined in the UN Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.”  –  António Guterres – New UN Secretary […]

The Proposed Constitution in Sri Lanka…

AFP photo   By Thambu Kanagasabai   Will it accommodate the just demands of the Tamils or abandon them to choose their own destiny?

Totalitarian dominance within African Democracy

By Ogunniyi Abayomi The recent Ghanaian election was observed as the exemplary illustration of a democratic state within its sphere of power. The display of maturity during the election between President Mahama over the loss of the presidential seat to Nana Akufo-Addo exhibited the total value demonstrated for the satisfaction of the masses, rather than […]

The unforgivable silence of Suu Kyi and the dismay of a Nobel laureate

By Abu Sufian The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi is widely known as ‘a democracy hero’ and/or ‘Human Rights Champion’ in her home country Myanmar and beyond. Without a shred of doubt, she contributed to her country and tried to restore democracy over and over again, showing her strong resilience against […]

Renewed recruitment in South Sudan an indicator all parties preparing for conflict

Peter Louis   By Peter Louis Members from a United Nations commission on human rights for South Sudan on Wednesday gave press a briefing on their ten day vist to report on the country’s worsening condition.

Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing

Guang Niu   By Cynthia M. Lardner Genocide and ethnic cleansing, forms of Scientific Racism, have been around since the beginning of time. Since the Holocaust, various conventions and treaties have been entered into making genocide a crime and ethnic cleansing a crime against humanity. International tribunals have been created, at great expense, to acknowledge […]

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: International Criminal Law

By Cynthia M. Lardner International criminal tribunals have been created to redress the harm done to millions of victims as a result of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, to provide reparations, and to act as a deterrent. Vested with the authority to proceed when nations are unable to effectively adjudicate matters internally and […]

Poetry

By Shola Balogun

Testing Time for United Nations and Sri Lanka

By Thambu Kanagasabai The armed struggle by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam which commenced in 1976 with the failure of peaceful struggles initiated in 1956 by the past Tamil political leaders, reached its climax in the Eelam war IV from 2006 – 2009.

Museveni sworn in as President amid controversy in Uganda

By Gloria Nakiyimba Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been sworn in as Uganda’s President. In his maiden speech after taking the Presidential Oath for another term of five years, president Museveni called upon African leaders to work for total peace in Congo, Burundi, Somalia and Central African Republic.

Historical, political and legal justification of Tamils’ right of self-determination

By Thambu Kanagasabai The UN covenant on civil and political rights, which came in to effect in 1966, lays down the right and principle of self-determination under Article 1 as follows:- ‘All people have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that they freely determine their political status and thereby pursue their economic, social and […]

Netanyahu’s poisonous nonsense about World War Two

By Rupen Savoulian In October 2015, at the meeting of the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an extraordinary claim about the genocide of the Jews during World War Two; killing the Jewish population of Europe was not the idea of Hitler and the Nazi Party, but was originally espoused […]

Bangladesh conveys strong protest against Islamabad’s remarks

By Sheuli Akter The Bangladeshi government has conveyed its strong protest against the remarks of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan made on November 22 concerning the executions of two individuals, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed, convicted of crimes against humanity and genocide in Bangladesh.

Dakar hosts conference on state sovereignty and international criminal justice

  By Alpha Jallow To commemorate the Day of International Criminal Justice, President of the Assembly of States Parties, H.E. Mr Sidiki Kaba convened, on the 20th and 21st July, a regional conference in the Senegalese capital Dakar on the ‘Sovereignty of States and International Criminal Justice’.

‘Peace-ing’ It All Together: UN Peacekeepers, Intervention, Escalation and Internal conflicts

  By Anant Mishra Introduction The United Nations’ primary objective is to resolve internal conflicts by deploying a group of ‘Peacekeepers’ in the conflict zone. They were first utilised in 1948 and since then there have been 68 UN peacekeeping operations around the globe involving tens of thousands of UN Police personnel and other UN […]

Elections: A Democratic Necessity and Aid

  By Anant Mishra According to Robert Dahl, noted political theorist, legitimate elections are one of the seven pillars of a functioning democracy. In order to be deemed a democratic country, a state must satisfy the requirement of having free, fair, and frequent election.

BAN KI-MOON AND THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

  By Sylvain Muyali It has been announced that the United Nations will implement a mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in November, for a strategic review of MONUSCO and all aspects of its peacekeeping missions to be undertaken.