Towards Accountability for Atrocity Crimes in Mexico
Just over two years ago, 43 students were disappeared in the Mexican state of Guerrero by police officers acting in collusion with organized crime. The case captured the world’s attention but is only one part of Mexico’s history of impunity for atrocity crimes. Join us for a panel discussion of the Open Society Justice Initiative’s new report,Undeniable Atrocities: Confronting Crimes Against Humanity. Based on over three years of research together with five Mexican partner organizations, the report finds a reasonable basis to believe that both Mexican federal forces and cartels have perpetrated murder, enforced disappearances, and torture on a widespread and systematic scale — amounting to crimes against humanity — and makes important recommendations for reforming the country’s criminal justice system.
Panel Discussion Featuring:
Michael Chamberlin, Diocesan Center for Human Rights Fray Juan de Larios
Christian De Vos, Open Society Justice Initiative
Ina Zoon, Open Society Justice Initiative
Claudia Paz y Paz, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Interdisciplinary
Group of Independent Experts (TBC)
Moderated by Susana SáCouto, War Crimes Research Office
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Panel 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, Washington College of Law, Warren NT07
Reception to follow, 6:00-7:00 PM in the Capital Hall Atrium
Copies of the report will be available in English and Spanish
Register at https://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration
By Samantha Netzband
Impunity Watch, Africa Desk Reporter
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia– Unrest continues in Ethiopia as protests spark 1,000 arrests in the Sebeta town just outside of the capital Addis Ababa. On October 9, 2016 the country proclaimed a state of emergency after protesters were killed by security forces. Under the state of emergency movement of diplomats, protests, and access to the internet and social media have been restricted.
Demonstrators in the Oromia region protest while security forces hold back the crowd. (Photo Courtesy of International Business Times)
People in the Oromia region of Ethiopia have been protesting since late last year. Unhappy with the current government and the lack of their ability to self determine they have conducted peaceful protests. The government however, has hit back hard.
According to Amnesty International over 600 people have been killed since November. Outsiders, like Angela Merkel, are calling on Ethiopia to allow protest, and if necessary curb protests with proportionate force. Many see the countries use of a state of emergency as a way to curb protests in a violent fashion.
Ethiopia’s state of emergency is expected to last for six months. During this time the Oromia people show no sign of stopping their protests.
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