Violences en Ituri en RDC: qui sont les dignitaires envoyés par Kinshasa?

Suite au regain de violence dans la province de l’Ituri, ces dernières semaines, le président Félix Tshisekedi a délégué une mission de dignitaires. L’objectif est de sensibiliser les commandants de la milice Codeco à déposer les armes. Une délégation composés d’anciens chefs de guerre, ayant eu parfois affaire à la justice internationale. Avec notre correspondant à Kinshasa, Patient Ligodi Parmi les dignitaires envoyés en Ituri, il y a l’ancien chef de guerre Germain Katanga, libéré au mois de mars après plus de dix ans aux mains de la Cour pénale internationale. En 2003, il n’a que 24 ans quand il prend la tête de la Force de résistance patriotique de l’Ituri (FRPI). Puis tout s’accélère.

Armed group's attacks in DRC killed almost 800 in 18 months: UN

UN report says attacks by ADF fighters in eastern DRC could constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes. Intensified attacks by an armed group in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past 18 months have killed at least 800 civilians, according to the United Nations, which said the assaults may amount to crimes against humanity. In a report released on Monday, the UN's Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in the DRC documented a series of "widespread, systematic and extremely brutal" rights abuses by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). ADF, which was formed in 1986 by groups based in neighbouring western Uganda, has long been active along the border and in recent ye

Bosnia-Herzegovina 25 Years After Srebrenica Genocide

Before the collapse of Yugoslavia in the early 1990’s, the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina was one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse republics within Yugoslavia. According to a census taken in 1991, the population included 43% Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), 31% Serbs, and 17% Croats, and 8% other minorities. During his communist regime, the President of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, was able to stifle nationalist sentiments in Yugoslavia. However, following his death in 1980, nationalism quickly swept across Yugoslavia and ethnic groups began vying for independence. On January 9, 1992, Bosnian Serbs self-declared an autonomous Serb region in Bosnia-Herzegovina that was later renamed

What are the 10 stages of genocide?

July 11 marks the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the worst atrocity on European soil since the Holocaust. In July 1995, Serb forces systematically killed more than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys in the so-called UN-protected enclave in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. But what led to the massacre? In the nineties, American genocide scholar Gregory H Stanton, examined the stages of genocide, which eventually became his "10 stages of genocide" theory. Genocide is not committed by a small group of individuals, rather a large number of people and the state all contribute to genocide. At each stage, preventive measures can stop the situation from deteriorating further, Stanton

USCIRF Applauds Global Magnitsky Sanctions Against Senior Chinese Officials

Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today applauded the U.S. Department of Treasury’s designations under the Global Magnitsky Act and the Department of State’s imposition of visa restrictions on senior Chinese officials responsible for egregious religious freedom violations against Uyghur and other Muslims in Xinjiang. “For years, USCIRF has called on the administration to impose targeted sanctions against Chen Quanguo, Zhu Hailun, and other senior officials responsible for the Communist Party’s genocidal policies against the Uyghur people.” USCIRF Commissioner Nury Turkel stated. “Today’s announcements represent a major victory for relig

Burkina Faso's volunteer fighters are no match for jihadists

KONGOUSSI, Burkina Faso (AP) — Armed only with a knife, Issa Tamboure was no match for gun-wielding jihadists who attacked his village in northern Burkina Faso in March. So Tamboure, 63, rounded up his family — including his 13 children — and ran, eventually reaching a camp for people displaced by violence. But Tamboure was not a typical civilian fleeing the extremists linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State organization who have been dramatically escalating their attacks in the West African nation in recent years. He is among the volunteers who signed up with Burkina Faso’s military to help fight the militants. But his plight shows the program’s weakness: With little training, few weapons,

Death toll in Ethiopia violence over singer's killing hits 239

At least 239 killed in protests since last week over murder of popular ethnic Oromo singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa. The death toll from demonstrations and ethnic violence that erupted in Ethiopia last week following the murder of a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group has risen to 239, according to police. Pop star Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, a hero to many Oromo who saw him as the voice of their marginalisation, was shot dead by unknown attackers on June 29, heightening ethnic tensions threatening the country's democratic transition. Protests broke out in the capital Addis Ababa, as well as the surrounding Oromia region which is the homeland of the country's largest ethnic group, who have long

Why are the UK and US still downplaying the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda?

Decades after the 1994 genocide, the countries have contested the wording of a UN resolution to remember its victims. As the bodies piled up in the streets of Rwanda 26 years ago, no amount of spin could disguise the crime. There were no sealed camps; the massacres were in broad daylight. Yet in the UN security council the UK and US governments avoided the question of mass killing and saw only a civil war. This bolstered arguments that nothing – they thought – could be done. It was scandalous, the Czech Republic’s ambassador Karel Kovanda told them, not to recognise that a genocide reminiscent of the Nazi Holocaust was under way. Kovanda remembers a friendly arm taking him aside as UK diplom

Dans l’ouest ivoirien, une cohabitation sous tension

Côte d’Ivoire : à Duékoué, « ville martyre », ni oubli ni pardon (1/5) La présidentielle d’octobre ravive les souvenirs des massacres perpétrés lors de la crise post-électorale de 2011. Séraphin relève un à un les petits pots de fleurs renversés par le vent. Il sort de sa poche un grand sac-poubelle et le remplit des déchets qui jonchent le sol. Au moment de repartir, l’homme de 23 ans s’incline devant la stèle et se signe. « C’est ici que mon père et mon oncle sont enterrés. » Symboliquement, du moins, car leurs corps n’ont jamais été retrouvés. « Ils ont certainement été jetés dans une fosse, mais on ne le saura jamais. Il n’y a pas eu d’enquête », ajoute-t-il, amer. Qu’importe pour Séraph

DRC violence displaced more than one million in six months: UN

The UNHCR voices alarm at an increasing number of attacks by armed groups on displaced civilians in the African nation. More than one million people have been forced to flee their homes in the violence-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the start of the year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. The UNHCR voiced alarm at an increasing number of attacks by armed groups on displaced civilians, saying it was "appalled" by the surging violence. "In the last eight weeks, UNHCR and its partners have recorded multiple attacks by armed groups on displacement sites and villages," it said in a statement. It added the attacks were mainly in Djugu Terr

Over 180 Bodies Found Dumped in Burkina Faso Town, Report Says

DAKAR, Senegal — The bodies of at least 180 men thought to have been killed by security forces have been found dumped in fields, by roadsides and under bridges in a town in the West African country of Burkina Faso over the past eight months, witnesses told human rights researchers. Residents of the town, Djibo, in the north of the country, said many of the bodies were found shot and blindfolded, their hands bound. Many said they recognized relatives among the dead. The testimony is contained in a new report by the New York-based group Human Rights Watch and matches the accounts of several witnesses interviewed for a recent investigation by The New York Times into extrajudicial killings by Bu

In Burkina Faso, violence and COVID-19 push children out of school and into harm's way

BOUCLE DU MOUHOUN REGION, Burkina Faso When 13-year-old Martine left her village in northern Burkina Faso for a safer town last year, she hoped to restart an education disrupted by jihadist violence. But, alone without her parents —who stayed behind — new risks soon arose: in December she was dragged from a wedding party and raped by a man three times her age. “If I was living at home, my parents never would have allowed me to go to the wedding alone and this would never have happened,” said Martine, whose surname is being withheld to protect her identity. As jihadist-linked violence surges in Burkina Faso, children are facing particularly severe hardships: more than half of the roughly one

Sudan: Growing protests against insecurity in central Darfur

Villagers in Darfur are demanding Sudan's government does more to protect them from militia attacks. Thousands of protesters in Sudan have been staging a sit-in outside the administrative headquarters in the town of Nertiti, central Darfur, for more than a week. They accuse the government of failing to protect them from militia attacks. Sudan's police chief and his deputy were sacked on the weekend. SOURCE: Al Jazeera's Hiba Morgan reports from Khartoum, Sudan.

Uighur Exiles Push for Court Case Accusing China of Genocide

The complaint at the International Criminal Court is the first of its kind to challenge Beijing on its crackdown on Muslims, but China does not accept the court’s jurisdiction Uighur exiles urged the International Criminal Court on Monday to investigate Beijing for genocide and crimes against humanity, the first-ever attempt to use international law to hold China’s ruling Communist Party accountable for its draconian crackdown on the Muslim minority. A team of London-based lawyers representing two Uighur activist groups has filed a complaint against Beijing for pursuing the repatriation of thousands of Uighurs through unlawful arrests in or deportation from Cambodia and Tajikistan. The case

More than 160 killed in Ethiopia protests over singer's murder

Police confirm at least 166 deaths in violent protests over killing of popular Oromo singer Haacaaluu Hundeessa. At least 166 people have died during violent demonstrations that roiled Ethiopia in the days following the murder of popular singer Haacaaluu Hundeessa, police said. "In the aftermath of Hachalu's death, 145 civilians and 11 security forces have lost their lives in the unrest in the region," said Girma Gelam, deputy police commissioner of Oromia region, in a statement on the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate on Saturday. Another 10 people are known to have died in the capital, Addis Ababa. Girma said a further 167 had "sustained serious injuries" and that 1,084 people h

Cameroon holds first peace talks with main separatist group

Representatives of Cameroon's government have held talks with the main leaders of an Anglophone separatist group for the first time since the conflict began in 2017, a separatist leader and two security sources said on Friday. Julius Ayuk Tabe, the most prominent separatist leader who is currently serving a life sentence in prison for charges including "terrorism", said the meeting took place on Thursday to discuss the possibility of a ceasefire. Violence broke out in 2017 following a government crackdown on peaceful protests by Anglophone lawyers and teachers who complained of being marginalised by the French-speaking majority. The fighting has since caused more than 3,000 deaths and forced

Attacks in Somalia Leave at Least 5 Dead

Devastating assaults, occurring almost daily and often in the capital, Mogadishu, have put a strain on the country’s fragile government. NAIROBI, Kenya — Attacks in two of Somalia’s largest cities killed five people and wounded 16 others Saturday, in the latest example of the chronic failure of the country’s security sector to crack down on terrorist groups. In the capital, Mogadishu, a suicide car bomber targeted a tax collection center in the Hamar Jajab district in the city’s southeast, the Somali Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism said in a statement. While security officers were able to stop the attacker from reaching the collection center, the blast damaged a nearby wall and

Genocide Watch June 2020 Newsletter

Genocide Watch Welcomes a New Summer Staff! Genocide Watch welcomes our 10 new summer staff members! We're very excited to have such a passionate and hard-working cohort. Here are some things they have been working on: The Alliance Team - Lauren Salim and Olivia Dudley - is working with Vanessa Cardenas to improve communications within the Alliance Against Genocide. The Alliance Team will be developing a new website for news from Alliance members. Timestream The Genocide Watch staff is building Timestreams under the direction of Deanna Wilken. Timestream is a new technology through which Genocide Watch will create and publish presentations about genocidal processes around the world to be use

Venezuela security operations leave over 1,300 dead in five months, U.N. rights office says

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan security operations killed at least 1,324 people in the first five months of 2020, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Thursday. Michelle Bachelet, who presented a 17-page report on Venezuela in Geneva, said “I am still concerned about the high numbers of deaths of young people by security forces,” referring to people who were said to have died while resisting authorities. Venezuela’s official figures show 6,710 homicides in 2019 and 1,363 between January and May of this year. Those figures “do not include violent deaths in the context of security operations classified as ‘resistance to the authority,’” said Bachelet, a f

Attackers on motorbikes kill 32 Malian villagers, local officials say

BAMAKO (Reuters) - At least 32 civilians were killed in central Mali when unidentified armed men on motorbikes attacked ethnic Dogon farming villages on Wednesday, local authorities said. The attackers targeted four villages in Mopti region, which has seen dozens of tit-for-tat ethnic massacres as well as jihadist raids over the past few years. Moulaye Guindo, the mayor of the commune of Bankass, released a list of victims on Thursday that put the death toll at 32. Other officials in the area told Reuters they believed the attacks were carried out by jihadists, who often say they are defending Fulani herders against rival Dogon farmers. “Quite a lot of armed men attacked the village (of Goua

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Genocide Watch Report: Countries of Special Concern January-July 2020

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