News Clips – May 12, 2017

Fatou Bensouda addresses the United Nations Security Council
Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Civil Society

  • On Thursday, five LGBT activists in Russia were detained while trying to submit a petition, requesting an investigation into the crackdown against gay men in Chechnya. [Guardian]
  • On Monday, Xie Yang, a human rights lawyer in China, was tried for inciting state subversion. [Guardian]
  • This week, the President of Tunisia deployed the army to protect businesses from sit-ins, and other demonstrations, that are protesting unemployment and corruption in the country. [Washington Post]

Violence & Humanitarian Crises

  • On Thursday, two civilians were killed, and three were injured, during gunfire attacks between Indian and Pakistani soldiers at the Kashmir border. [Washington Post]
  • On Wednesday, a court in Austria convicted a man of war crimes for the murder of 20 wounded Syrian soldiers. [Guardian]
  • On Tuesday, a motorcycle bomb and a car bomb detonated in the Pattani province of Thailand, injuring 40 people. [Al Jazeera]
  • On Monday, a rebel group in the Central African Republic ambushed a United Nations convoy, leaving four United Nations peacekeepers dead. [Washington Post]
  • On Monday, a car bomb explosion in Somalia, claimed by Al-Shabab, killed five people and wounded 20 others. [Al Jazeera]

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Migrants, Refugees, & Asylum Seekers

  • Over the weekend, two boats sank in the Mediterranean Sea; 250 refugees and migrants remain missing. [Al Jazeera]
  • On Monday, Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, announced to the United Nations Security Council that the ICC may investigate migrant-related crimes in Libya, such as human trafficking. [UN News Centre]


  • On Wednesday, Colombia’s congress approved a law that recognizes the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as a legal political party and guarantees FARC five seats in both the senate and lower house. [Al Jazeera]
  • On Wednesday, South Korea elected Moon Jae-in as its next President. [Washington Post]
  • On Sunday, France elected Emmanuel Macron as its next President. [Washington Post]