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A scholar’s journey to understand the needs of Pol Pot’s survivors
A scholar’s journey to understand the needs of Pol Pot’s survivors
18.04.18
John Ciorciari

Forty-three years ago today, the Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia. Their radical regime, led by the dictator Pol Pot, inflicted countless atrocities and left deep wounds. Neighbors turned against one another. Families were fractured. Political cleavages deepened. An estimated 1.7 million people died. Almost everyone suffered personal trauma. Survivors are still in the long process of seeking reconciliation, or putting the pieces back together in lives and societies shattered by conflict. Yet the measures taken to address political and social conflict are not always conducive to...

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Preventing sexual violence: lessons from rebel armies in Burundi and Uganda
Preventing sexual violence: lessons from rebel armies in Burundi and Uganda
11.04.18
The Conversation, Angela Muvumba Sellström

I conduct research on wartime sexual violence. But hold on. My work focuses on the non-cases: armed political actors which have committed little sexual violence and have a history of disciplining their members’ sexual behaviour. This effort seems ridiculously extraneous in the current climate. Just in the last years, Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Daesh) in Syria and Iraq have systematically abducted and abused thousands of women and girls. However, as researcher Elisabeth Jean Wood has demonstrated, sexual violence patterns vary because...

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Vojislav Seselj: Unrepentant Serb ultranationalist
11.04.18
AFP

Serb academic turned far-right leader Vojislav Seselj, who was found guilty Wednesday by a UN court of crimes against humanity, won notoriety during the 1990s Balkan wars for his incendiary rhetoric and remains defiant in defending the idea of a "Greater Serbia". UN war crimes judges in The Hague overturned the shock 2016 acquittal of the stocky, ruddy-faced former deputy prime minister, sentencing him to 10 years behind bars, although ruling that he had already served 12 years in custody. The court found the 63-year-old guilty of "instigating persecution, deportation and other inhumane acts". Prosecutors had accused Seselj of poisoning the minds of volunteer forces who committed...

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Karadzic urges UN judges to throw out war crimes conviction
Karadzic urges UN judges to throw out war crimes conviction
23.04.18
AFP

Once-feared Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic Monday urged UN judges to overturn his conviction for war crimes during the Balkans conflict, and either acquit him or order a new trial. Appearing at the start of his two-day appeal dressed in a dark suit and red tie, Karadzic, 72, smiled and greeted his defence team in the tribunal in The Hague. He was sentenced to 40 years behind bars in March 2016 for the bloodshed committed during the Balkan country's three-year war from 1992-1995 which killed 100,000 people and left 2.2 million others homeless. Once the most powerful Bosnian Serb...

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Eighteen killed in Nigerian church by suspected herdsmen
Eighteen killed in Nigerian church by suspected herdsmen
24.04.18
afp

Two priests were among at least 18 people killed in a dawn attack on a church in central Nigeria, police said on Tuesday.  Around 30 suspected herdsmen attacked Mbalom community in the volatile region killing the worshippers and the two priests, said Benue state police commissioner Fatai Owoseni in the state capital of Makurdi.  "They attacked the venue of a burial ceremony and also attacked the church where the two reverend fathers were holding mass," said Owoseni.  "We were able to recover 16 bodies from the scene of the attack and those of the two priests."  Worshippers were gathered for the daily 5:30 am (0430GMT) service at St. Ignatius Catholic church when they heard gunshots, said Mbalom resident Terhemen Angor to...

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At UN, Colombia's president says drugs is main threat to peace
At UN, Colombia's president says drugs is main threat to peace
24.04.18
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Delivering a swansong address to the United Nations, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos called Tuesday for a shift in the global approach to drug trafficking, which he described as the main threat to peace. Santos, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating an end to the decades-old conflict with FARC rebels, spoke at a UN meeting on sustaining peace ahead of elections on May 27 to choose his successor. "Today, drug trafficking continues to be the main threat to peace," said Santos, who is due to step down in August after serving eight years in office. "If we want to protect peace in Colombia, in the region and in the world, we need to change the global strategy to overcome the drug problem." The president stressed the...

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Yemen rebels vow to avenge coalition killing of political head
Yemen rebels vow to avenge coalition killing of political head
24.04.18
afp

Yemen's Huthi militias vowed Monday to avenge the killing of their top political leader in what they said was a Saudi-led coalition air strike, the highest-ranking rebel to die in the three-year conflict. Saleh al-Sammad, head of the Huthis' supreme political council, was "martyred" last Thursday in the eastern province of Hodeida, the Iran-allied rebels said via their Saba news agency. Sammad's death is a major blow to the Shiite rebels who have been fighting forces of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia. The most senior rebel to have been killed since the coalition intervened in March 2015, his name was on a Saudi list of 40 Huthi leaders that put bounties on their heads totalling...

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Armenia opposition leader Pashinyan says 'ready to lead' country
Armenia opposition leader Pashinyan says 'ready to lead' country
24.04.18
afp

  Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday said he was ready to lead the country after the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian following eleven days of protests against his rule. "Yes of course we are ready to lead our country," Pashinyan said at a news conference in Yerevan, after being asked whether he was ready to steer the government of the ex-Soviet South Caucasus country. "If people will bestow on me this responsibility, I'll assume the responsibility," Pashinyan said. On Wednesday morning the 42-year-old leader of the Civil Contract party is set to meet the acting head of government Karen Karapetyan to discuss the transfer of power. According to Armenian law, lawmakers in the...

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