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Erdogan slams Macron over 'Armenia genocide' remembrance

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks come after France held its first 'national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide'

Rwanda invites Macron to attend 25th anniversary of genocide

Mar 12, 2019 - 8:08 PM

If Emmanuel Macron accepts, he will become only the second French president to visit the country since the genocide, which still poisons relations between the two nations

RWANDA AND FRANCE. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Rwandan President Paul Kagame hold a joint press conference after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 23, 2018. File photo by Francois Mori/Pool/AFP

Cambodia genocide verdict a signal to other perpetrators – U.S.

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:01 PM

'Let this be a message to other perpetrators of mass atrocities, even those at the highest levels, including former heads of state, that such actions will not be tolerated and they will ultimately be brought to justice,' says US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert

VERDICT. Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin (C), speaks as Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Miguel de Serpa Soares (2nd-R) looks on during a press conference after the verdict of two former Khmer Rouge leaders at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on November 16, 2018.Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The events covered by the verdict span the 4 years of the Pol Pot regime and include extensive crimes against humanity

GUILTY. This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan (L) and 'Brother Number Two' Nuon Chea (R) in the courtroom at ECCC in Phnom Penh on October 31, 2013. File photo by Mark Peters/ECCC/AFP

Facebook allows ads to target 'white genocide' conspiracy theorists

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Facebook has since deleted the category, apologized, and said it shouldn't have existed in the first place

'Ongoing genocide' against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims – U.N.

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Marzuki Darusman, chair of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, says that beyond mass killings, the conflict include the ostracization of the targeted population, prevention of births, and widespread displacement in camps

CRISIS. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

French prosecutors move to drop probe into 1994 Rwanda presidential attack

Oct 14, 2018 - 5:30 AM

Lawyers for former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana's widow Agathe call the prosecutors' move 'unacceptable' and 'largely politically motivated'

GENOCIDE. Rwanda's former president Juvenal Habyarimana's brother-in-law, Protais Zigiranyirazo, consults his counsel on December 18, 2008 in Arusha at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), where he was convicted to 20 years in prison for aiding and encouraging the killing of Tutsi's during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. AFP file photo

Myanmar army chief defiant after UN 'genocide' probe

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:54 PM

No country, organization or group has the 'right to interfere in and make decision over sovereignty of a country,' military-run newspaper Myawady quotes Min Aung Hlaing as telling troops in a speech on Sunday

MIN AUNG HLAING. Myanmar military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing speaks during the second day of 'Sin Phyu Shin' joint military exercises in the Ayeyarwaddy delta region on February 3, 2018. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/AFP

‘To forget is a crime’: Genocide survivor helps heal Cambodia’s wounds

Sep 01, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Youk Chhang receives the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018 for his work gathering and preserving evidence of the Khmer Rouge abuses

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Myanmar army chief must be prosecuted for 'genocide' – UN probe

Aug 27, 2018 - 4:29 PM

(UPDATED) A UN-backed fact-finding mission into violations in Myanmar said the country's 'top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in the north of Rakhine State'

MIN AUNG HLAING. Myanmar military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing speaks during the second day of 'Sin Phyu Shin' joint military exercises in the Ayeyarwaddy delta region on February 3, 2018. File photo by Lynn Bo Bo/AFP

Scepticism as Myanmar announces repatriation of first Rohingya family

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) Bangladesh and Myanmar are supposed to begin repatriation in January but the plan is repeatedly delayed as both sides blame the other for a lack of preparation

REFUGEE. File photo of fleeing Rohingya refugees rests under a makeshift shelter near Ukhiya on the Bangladesh border on August 27, 2017, after violence erupted in bordering Myanmar's Rakhine state. AFP PHOTO / Sam JAHAN

Duterte apologizes to Suu Kyi for 'genocide' remark

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:23 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also defends Aung San Suu Kyi from criticism over human rights abuses against the Rohingya

ASEAN WELCOME. President Rodrigo Duterte and partner Honeylet Avancena welcome Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the opening of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

U.S. Holocaust Museum strips rights award from Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Mar 08, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The Museum says it is rescinding the award due to Aung San Suu Kyi's inaction over what it called 'mounting evidence of genocide' committed by the Myanmar military against civilians from the Rohingya minority

EMPOWERMENT. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi tells business leaders at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit on November 12, 2017, that women should be given more decision-making roles. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dutch MPs recognize Armenian 'genocide'

Feb 23, 2018 - 8:55 AM

But acting Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag quickly tempers the motion, saying even though the ruling 4-party coalition voted for the motion, the government will 'restrain' itself

GATHERING. In a demonstration on April 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey, Armenians across the world gather to commemorate the Armenian genocide of 1915

Unliked: How Facebook is playing a part in the Rohingya genocide

Jan 05, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Facebook’s virtual coercive is one of division, competing realities and a lack of mutual acceptance. In Facebook’s virtual coercive, fiction is reality and lies can validate.

PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017, shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp at Cox's Bazar. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

PROFILE: Who is Ratko Mladic, the 'Butcher of Bosnia'?

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:23 PM

To the families of the victims of the Bosnian War, Ratko Mladic will forever be associated with the bloody 44-month siege of Sarajevo and the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica

EVIL, THEN AND NOW. This combination of pictures shows (L) Ratko Mladic then Bosnian Serb General looking on in Sarajevo on on February 15, 1994 and (R) Mladic smiling as he enters the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on November 22, 2017, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial. 1994 photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP; 2017 photo by Peter Dejong/Pool/AFP

Ratko Mladic, 'Butcher of Bosnia,' found guilty of genocide

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) The court finds him guilty on 10 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1992-1995 war that killed 100,000 people and displaced 2.2 million

CONVICTED MASS MURDERER. Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic enters the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on November 22, 2017, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial. Peter Dejong/Pool/AFP

Historic verdict due in genocide trial of 'Butcher of Bosnia'

Nov 22, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The man, who remains a hero to many in Serbia, has denied 11 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1992-1995 war

CRY FOR JUSTICE. In this file photo, a member of the 'Mothers of Srebrenica' demonstrates next to a portrait of Bosnian Serb ex-army chief Ratko Mladic during a demonstration in front of the European Court of Human Rights (CEDH) in Strasbourg, eastern France, on October 11, 2012.  Frederick Florin/AFP

'Mounting evidence' of Myanmar genocide – watchdogs

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Myanmar security forces slit the throats of Muslim Rohingya, burned victims alive, and gang-raped women and girls, according to two separate reports detailing mounting evidence of genocide

EXODUS. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Top Khmer Rouge leader denies genocide at close of UN-backed trial

Jun 23, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Khieu Samphan one of the Khmer Rouge s few public faces as its head of state claims he was not part of the killing machine that decimated nearly a quarter of Cambodia s population

UK says South Sudan violence amounts to 'genocide'

Apr 13, 2017 - 9:23 PM

South Sudan s Information Minister Michael Makuei slams International Development Minister Priti Patel s comments as unfortunate and misleading

CIVIL WAR. This file photo taken on February 26, 2016 shows Akki Adduok, a displaced woman residing in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, South Sudan, sitting in the spot where her shelter used to be. File photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

EXPLAINER: Police, military officials liable for Duterte's illegal kill orders

Mar 05, 2017 - 10:45 AM

The Rome Statute is precisely designed to demolish the wall of impunity with which state officials commit human rights violations, like the ones occurring on a virtually daily basis in our midst

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Yes, Int'l Criminal Court can prosecute Duterte for killing spree

Mar 04, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The Philippines effectively domesticated the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court when it enacted Republic Act 9851 – the commander in chief can be held liable for crimes against humanity

DRUG WAR'S TOLL. Three suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bosnia to appeal ruling clearing Serbia of genocide

Feb 18, 2017 - 10:23 AM

The request for revision would be forwarded to the Hague based International Court of Justice next week – just a few days before a 10 year deadline expires

APPEAL. In this file photo, Bosnian Muslim women, survivors of July 1995 massacre in Srebrenica react as they watch live broadcast of the verdict reading in the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, in Tuzla, on March 24, 2016. File photo by STR/AFP

UN calls on Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit crisis-hit Rakhine

Dec 09, 2016 - 1:10 PM

Myanmar s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has described the situation as under control and asked the international community to stop stoking the fires of resentment

CRISIS. In this photograph Taken on October 14, 2016 and released on October 15 by the Myanmar President's Office, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (C) with military and civilian officials walk together following a security meeting in Naypyidaw on the situation in Rakhine State. File photo from the President's Office/AFP

Mladic, 'Butcher of Bosnia', back in court as trial nears end

Dec 05, 2016 - 3:41 PM

More than 4 years after Ratko Mladic s trial opened at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia ICTY in The Hague prosecutors will begin 3 days of closing arguments and will likely call for a long jail term

'THE BUTCHER OF BOSNIA.' This file photo taken on May 16, 2012 shows former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic siting at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague before the opening of his war crimes trial. File photo by Toussaint Kluiters/AFP

Suu Kyi must stop Rohingya 'genocide' – Malaysia PM

Dec 04, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak criticizes the Myanmar democracy icon of keeping silent on the plight of Rohingya genocide

Court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The decision delivers a blow to their hopes of release as they face a second trial for genocide

This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan (L) and 'Brother Number Two' Nuon Chea (R) in the courtroom at ECCC in Phnom Penh on October 31, 2013. Mark Peters/ECCC/AFP

4 important int’l issues Jokowi failed to discuss

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Here are 4 issues that President Joko Widodo avoided discussing in his State of the Nation address despite the fact that they have put Indonesia under the international spotlight

Presiden Jokowi (kedua kiri), Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla (ketiga kiri), dan Ketua MPR Zulkifli Hasan (kiri) sesaat sebelum penyampaian pidato kenegaraan di gedung parlemen, pada 16 Agustus 2016. Foto oleh M Agung Rajasa/Antara

Karadzic appeals 40-year genocide sentence

Jul 22, 2016 - 9:18 PM

Warcrimes prosecutors also appeal the sentence asking the court to put Karadzic behind bars for life

RADOVAN KARADZIC. A protester looks at a picture of Radovan Karadzic with a slogan 'I'm Radovan' in Belgrade, Serbia, March 27, 2016. File photo by Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Indonesia found 'guilty of genocide in 1965'

Jul 21, 2016 - 3:16 PM

The decision of the judges does not bear any practical effect on those accused as it is not a criminal court but it is a bi for survivors and families of victims who have not been compensated

TUNTUTAN JAKSA. Uli Parulian Sihombing (sebelah kanan) tengah membacakan tuntutan Jaksa dalam sidang IPT yang digelar di Belanda. Foto oleh Rika Theo/Rappler

Turkey: Pope's genocide declaration bears stamp of 'Crusades' mentality'

Jun 26, 2016 - 4:12 PM

It is not an objective statement that conforms with reality says Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canlikli

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan on June 25. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Pope visits Armenian genocide memorial

Jun 25, 2016 - 4:12 PM

I pray here with pain in my heart that such tragedies will not happen again that humanity does not forget and knows how to overcome evil with good says Pope Francis

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan on June 25. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Turkey blasts Germany after MPs back 'genocide' motion

Jun 02, 2016 - 2:55 PM

5th UPDATE A furious Turkey recalls its ambassador to Germany and also summons Berlin s charge d affaires to a meeting in Ankara

epa05342056 Members of the German parliament of SPD, Alliance '90/The Greens and CDU/CSU cast their votes on the aknowledgement of the Armenian genocide of 1915-16 during a session of the German Parliament in Berlin, Germany, 02 June 2016. The German parliament approved almost unanimously a resolution recognizing the massacre of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire almost a century ago. EPA/MICHAEL KAPPELER

Rwanda's 100-day bloodbath, a modern genocide

May 08, 2016 - 11:26 AM

In 1998 the court handed down its first life sentences and included rape and sexual violence in acts of genocide

OVERCOME WITH EMOTIONS. Women cry at the Amahoro stadium in Kigali. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Poland accuses Russia of 'terrorism' over 2010 jet crash

Mar 14, 2016 - 9:19 PM

Poland accuses Russia of downing a Polish presidential jet in 2010 in what it calls an act of terrorism sparking an immediate retort from Moscow

AFTERMATH. A Russian policemen walks near the wreckage of a Polish government Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft that crashed near Smolensk airport on April 10, 2010. Photo by Maxim Malinovsky / AFP

Filipino bishops on killing of Christians: It's genocide

Mar 12, 2016 - 10:43 PM

Extremists ‘are determined to decimate Christian populations ’ Filipino bishops say after the murder of 4 of Mother Teresa’s sisters

Rwanda jails ex-pastor for life for genocide killings

Dec 31, 2015 - 3:45 PM

Jean Uwinkindi is found guilty in Kigali s High Court of genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity during the 100 day massacre that began in April 1994 and left 800 000 dead

Khmer Rouge cadre charged with genocide

Dec 09, 2015 - 9:41 PM

The UN backed court is an attempt to administer belated justice to the regime s victims and promote reconciliation in the still scarred nation

Bomb-rigged mass grave of ISIS victims found in Iraq

Nov 28, 2015 - 9:48 PM

A bomb rigged mass grave believed to hold the remains of more than 120 people killed by the Islamic State group is found in north Iraq

LOST. Members of the Yazidi minority search for clues on February 3, 2015, that might lead them to missing relatives in the remains of people killed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, a day after Kurdish forces discovered a mass grave near the Iraqi village of Sinuni, in the northwestern Sinjar area. Photo by Safin Hamed / AFP

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' sentenced to prison

Jul 15, 2015 - 4:25 PM

Oskar Groening 94 sat impassively as judge Franz Kompisch said the defendant is found guilty of accessory to murder in 300 000 legally connected cases of deported Jews who were sent to the gas chambers in 1944

IN COURT. The defendant Oskar Groening in the courtroom in Lueneburg, Germany, April 21, 2015. Ronny Hartmann/Pool/EPA

Fighting the Khmer Rouge, 40 years later

Jul 12, 2015 - 11:30 AM

A powerful documentary about a family unravelling memories of the bloody Khmer Rouge regime commemorates 4 decades since one of the grimmest moments in world history

PAINFUL MEMORIES. An exhibit inside the Tuol Sleng prison

Russia vetoes UN move to recognize Srebrenica 'genocide'

Jul 09, 2015 - 12:41 AM

UPDATED The veto triggers warnings the bitter diplomatic wrangling could spark renewed violence

Turkey slams Belgian PM over 'Armenian genocide' remarks

Jun 20, 2015 - 11:26 PM

Ankara is on a diplomatic offensive in recent months aimed at preventing parliaments from recognizing the killing as genocide for the 100th anniversary of the tragedy

Sudan's Bashir flies out of South Africa, defying court order

Jun 16, 2015 - 8:16 AM

The International Criminal Court ICC said it is disappointed at South Africa s failure to heed its calls to detain Bashir on long standing arrest warrants over the Darfur conflict

BACK HOME. Supporters of Omar al-Bashir cheer as the President returns from South Africa to Khartoum, Sudan, June 15, 2015.  Marwan Ali/EPA

Armenia marks emotional centenary of Ottoman massacres

Apr 25, 2015 - 1:04 PM

More than 20 nations have so far recognized the killings as genocide a definition supported by numerous historians but vehemently opposed by Turkey

100 YEARS. Participants of a torchlight procession in memory of victims of the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire gather in Yerevan, Armenia, April 24, 2015 evening. Photo by Vahram Baghdasaryan/EPA

German foreign minister rejects Armenia 'genocide' label

Apr 25, 2015 - 12:41 AM

Steinmeier says that adopting the term genocide to describe the slaughter of an estimated 1 5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces in 1915 could play into the hands of those who sought to minimize the Holocaust

German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L), German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (C) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) take part in a parliamentary debate on the occasion of the anniversary of massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915/1916. Photo by Britta Pederson/EPA

Armenian Church to canonize 1.5M genocide victims

Apr 23, 2015 - 4:38 PM

The ceremony – that could become the biggest canonization service in history – comes ahead of emotional commemorations to mark a hundred years since the start of the tragedy on Friday April 24

In this file photo, people lay flowers during a memorial ceremony to mark the 96th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the memorial to the dead in Yerevan, Armenia, April 24, 2011. Tigran Tadevosyan/EPA

Rwanda UN genocide court holds final hearing

Apr 23, 2015 - 9:09 AM

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ICTR based in the Tanzanian town of Arusha was set up in 1994 by the United Nations to try those responsible for the genocide

In this file photo, the national flag of Rwanda flutters in front of the Rwandese embassy in Brussels, Belgium, December 31, 2001. Oliver Matthys/Belga/EPA