Lisa Mulgrew

ICC Prosecutor Seeks Investigation Into Possible War Crimes In Afghanistan

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has announced her intention to seek an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan since May 2003, when Afghanistan became a member of the court. If the investigation goes ahead, it would be one of the first […]

UN Pushes For More Peacekeepers In CAR Amidst Intensifying Violence

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has called for an extra 900 peacekeepers to be deployed in the Central African Republic. The request comes after an uptick in ethnic and religious-based violence against civilians in the country. In a report to the United Nations Security Council, Guterres recommended an […]

Canada To Pay Compensation To Indigenous Victims Of Forced Adoption Scheme

In a significant victory for Indigenous rights activists, the Canadian government has recently agreed to pay up to $800 million dollars in compensation to Indigenous victims of historic forced adoptions. The settlement signals a potential renewed commitment by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to deliver on its campaign promise of rebuilding […]

Sexual Violence As A Weapon Of War In The Central African Republic

According to a report released this month by Human Rights Watch, armed milita groups in the Central African Republic have used rape and sexual slavery against civilians as a tactic of war. The report sheds light on the horrific violence that has been inflicted on women and children in the […]

Environmental Defenders Being Killed In Record Numbers Globally

Last year was the deadliest on record for people defending their community’s land, natural resources or wildlife, according to a report released by the non-governmental organization, Global Witness. At least 200 land and environmental defenders were killed in 2016, the report states, an increase of almost ten percent from 2015, […]

U.S. Poised To Ease Limits On Drone Strikes

The Trump administration is preparing to relax Obama-era rules on drone strikes and commando raids, according to a new report by the New York Times. Charlie Savage and Eric Schmitt, citing officials familiar with internal deliberations, reported in the Times last week that the Trump White House plans to replace […]

UN Reports Global Hunger Rising With Conflict And Climate Change

The number of hungry people in the world has increased for the first time in more than a decade, according to a new United Nations report released last Friday. The study found that conflict exacerbated by climate-related shocks has threatened food security over the past year, sparking concerns that the […]

Casualties From Cluster Munitions More Than Doubled in 2016

Casualties from cluster munitions more than doubled in 2016 compared with the previous year, according to a new report released by the Cluster Munition Coalition. The group, which monitors the global use of outlawed cluster munitions, revealed in its 2017 annual report that nearly a thousand people were killed or […]

The Pardoning Of “The World’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio

In a move that has drawn significant criticism, U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he had issued a presidential pardon for former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio, formerly the sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, was convicted in July 2017 of criminal contempt of court for ignoring a federal […]

Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kill 15 And Abduct 8 In Cameroon

Boko Haram militants are believed to be responsible for an attack that left 15 people dead and eight others missing in northern Cameroon on Friday. According to reports by Reuters and Al Jazeera, members of the Boko Haram extremist group stormed Gakara, a small village just outside the town of […]