Open Society Justice Initiative: Ayotzinapa and Beyond

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

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1,000 Arrested in Ethiopia During Month of Unrest

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.

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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.

For more information, please see: 

Africa News – Ethiopia: Western Diplomat Fears Repression Over New Curfew Restrictions – 18 October 2016

International Business Times – Mass arrests in Ethiopia’s Oromia region days after state of emergency declared – 17 October 2016

New York Times – 1,000 Arrested This Month After Violence: Ethiopia Mayor – 18 October 2016

OPride – Ethiopia’s alarming trend of State Terrorism should Rattle Everyone – 15 October 2016