From the monthly archives: June 2021

On June 2nd, Finnish member of parliament Anna Kontula from the Left Alliance party, submitted a new bill to include human rights considerations in arms import, and not just export. By the proposed law, the ministry of defense would assess the human rights situation in the tenderer’s home country, as well as the possible human […]

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African leaders promised to “silence the guns” by 2020. Today, it is Africa’s voice for peace that is silent.

Just two decades ago, when the G7 leaders assembled, it was standard for Africa to be on the agenda, represented by an African leader who was forging a new partnership between a democratizing and developing continent […]

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May 24, Eritrean Independence Day, and June 20 Martyrs Day

It was around 2 p.m., June 5, 1998, when I was rudely awakened to the impending war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. I was on my way to pick up my son from school. En route, a fighter jet whizzed overhead and, in seconds, dropped a […]

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The explosions of violence across Ethiopia, intersecting with the deep violence woven into the political fabric of Eritrea, pose challenges to political leaders, thought leaders, and civil society.

The gross violations inflicted on the people of Tigray are – like all such cases of mass atrocity – partly sui generis, but also a manifestation of […]

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Photo: Srebrenica Genocide Memorial or Srebrenica–Potočari Memorial. Courtesy of Jelle Visser, July 27, 2017, @ Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Millions of dollars, hours, words of testimony, reams of paper, investments in hope and anguish later, it is difficult to say much about the June 8, 2021 decision of the Appeals Court of the […]

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