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Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Posted by Carine Umuhumuza on May 31, 2013

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.

On May 29, the United Nations recognized the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers to honor peacekeepers who fallen in the line of duty. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated:

“Whatever the cause of death, we honour all fallen peacekeepers for their sacrifice, courage and selfless service on behalf the United Nations… our blue helmets bring hope to millions of people in some of the most troubled parts of the world.”

Following visits to the region, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim published an op-ed in the Huffington Post pledging his lasting commitment to the region, urging the need to jump-start development programs to bolster wider peace efforts, and promising to join forces with the U.N.

On May 30, the Ugandan government allowed the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper journalists to return to work after a ten-day shutdown of the newspapers after the Monitor published a letter. The letter, leaked to it by General David Sejusa, on May 7 alleged that the government was planning to assassinate senior army officers and government officials opposed to President Yoweri Museveni's son succeeding his father as head of state. (Read the timeline of events on the Enough Project Storify here.)

The Leitner Center at Fordham Law School recently published a report, “International Criminal Tribunals: A Visual Overview” (PDF), that offers a comprehensive look at international criminal tribunals in Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and Lebanon. The author, Daniel McLaughlin, writes:

There is wide awareness, though little true understanding, of the work of the international criminal tribunals. This publication seeks to redress this knowledge gap by providing well-researched and accessible information for those wishing to more fully understand the international criminal tribunals and the conflicts over which they have jurisdiction.

This week,Christopher Keith Hill, passed away after a battle with cancer. Hill, a longtime human rights champion, was a key component of the successful campaign to create the International Criminal Court and was instrumental in creating a strong, effective and independent ICC.