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The account of armed conflict that has affected Colombia for more than 50 years still has chapters that are unknown to Colombians and the world. However, the report “Enough Already! Colombia: Memories of War and Dignity,” created by the National Center for Historical Memory [1], is a valuable step in the right direction and it serves a number of purposes: narrating the truth about the [most?] severe violations that have taken place; revealing the activities of all actors in the conflict, as well as their interests and links to national political and social elites; capturing the memory of the victims and the persistence of their suffering; highlighting judicial, administrative and governmental policies to begin to use judicial mechanism to create cracks in the wall of impunity; and recommending concrete measures to overcome these problems.

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Today, we marked 12 years of the disappearance of our good friends and colleagues. I hope and I pray they are alive and we will meet one day. At the same time, this day should not only be a day of reflection, but it should also be a somber reminder of the onus Medhane, Dawit and other disappeared voices of democracy shoulder us.

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There is much talk of how tough international response to Syria should prove a lesson to Iran, in particular. But Iran has already learned the brutal lessons of what it means to suffer a chemical weapons attack. Iran’s condemnation of chemical weapons blames the rebels, rather than its ally, the Syrian government, but [...]

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(Asmara Sept 18 2013) Freedom Friday Movement (Arbi Harnet), announced today that their underground newspaper started circulations on the streets of Asmara today, 12 years after the day the government banned all privately owned new papers and arrested journalists and proprietors.

MeqaleH Forto (Echoes of Forto), is said to have been inspired by the attempted [...]

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Over the past five years, the horrific phenomenon of kidnapping and torture of refugees in the Sinai desert has received limited attention.  The publication of Van Reisen, Estefanos and Rijken’s Human Trafficking in the Sinai: Refugees Between Life and Death will hopefully help to draw greater focus to this crisis.  The report blends analysis [...]

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The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is in danger of negating one of the basic reasons for its existence. Its recent decisions to acquit senior Serbian architects of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia imply that the Tribunal does not, after all, rise above the traditional impunity enjoyed by state actors [...]

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