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accountability for serious crimes in Africa, ICTJ joined hundreds of human rights groups and transitional justice partners to ask the African Union toprioritize justice. The letter warns that strained relationshipsbetween the AU and the International Criminal Court (ICC) may put justice at risk.
has reopened a preliminarycriminal investigationagainst former President Alvaro Uribe. Heis accused of involvement with far-right paramilitary groups while he was a state governor in the 1990s. According to the Colombian government, 157,013victimsof violence were compensated in 2012,allegedly exceeding the year's target by 47%. The government of
passed an agreementthat wouldnot recognizerulings from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for cases that tookplace before 1987, but after the president held consultations human rights activists, it was soonrepealed. In
, eight former army officers were charged with themurder of a popular songwriter,Víctor Jara, who was tortured and killed days after the 1973 military coup. In 2012,
’s courtstried nearly400 suspectsof committing crimes against humanity during the “Dirty War.”
courtsfreedtwo members of the death squad Grupo Colina, who allegedly kidnapped, tortured andkilled an intelligence agent in 1997.
Questions surrounding transitional justice in
have dominated the headlines after Scotland YarddetectivesarrestedColonel Lama of Nepal on allegations of war crimes and human rights abuses. Thearrest has led toreactionsfrom rights groups, who have criticized the government of Nepal over itsunwillingness to form a transitional justice mechanism to address the past. In a joint op-ed, ICTJ andthe International Commission of Jurists called for Nepal to establish a full transitional justice program,including an official truth mechanism that complies with international standards. As air strikes andheavy violencecontinues to hit
Kachin state, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonhas called for reconciliation and protection of civilians. The government of
isfacingpressurefrom opposition parties and human-rights groups over alleged political interference at itsInternational Crimes Tribunal. The United Nationsendedits 13-year peacekeeping mission in
has created a specialtask forceto track suspected war criminals. Prosecutors haveopened a number of cases linked to Switzerland, including the case of Khaled Nezzar, former Algeriandefense minister, and ex-Guatemalan police chief Erwin Sperisen. In the final hearing of a decade-longcase before the Supreme Court of the
, the Dutch state wasaccusedof bearing