US Raises Alarm of Possible Human Rights Violations in Burundi

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The U.S. State Department says it is “deeply alarmed” by reports out of Burundi of serious human rights violations stemming from a nine-month political crisis. Spokesman Mark Toner issued a statement Tuesday calling on the Burundian government to “permit an immediate, impartial investigation into these recent allegations and to hold accountable all those found responsible for crimes.” Numerous reports of …

Senegal Court Puts Former Chad Leader Habre on Trial

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A special court in Senegal began a long-awaited trial Monday against former Chadian ruler Hissene Habre on charges of crimes against humanity. The 72-year-old Habre and his lawyers have dismissed the court as lacking due process and said they would not take part in the trial, but he was present Monday after authorities forced him to appear. The court, established …

African Union Finally Releases Report on South Sudan Atrocities

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The African Union on Friday released a long-awaited report into alleged atrocities committed during South Sudan’s 19-month-long conflict, but only gave the report to representatives of President Salva Kiir’s government. That drew the ire of rebels loyal to Riek Machar, who insisted that they and the government are equal parties in the South Sudan peace process, and should both be …