Tag: War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Why Humans Aren’t the Worst (Despite, Well, Everything Happening in the World)

Produced by ‘Sway’ In 2019, when Rutger Bregman published his book “Humankind: A Hopeful History” and made a case for the decency of human nature, the world had yet to experience a deadly pandemic. But what does the historian think of humanity now, amid protests against coronavirus lockdowns as well as the climate crisis and […]

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ISIS Fighter Convicted in Death of Enslaved 5-Year-Old Girl

BERLIN — A German court on Tuesday convicted an Islamic State fighter for crimes against humanity and war crimes for tying up a 5-year-old Yazidi girl he had bought as a slave in Iraq, and leaving her in scorching heat to die of thirst. The 29-year-old man, identified only as Taha Al-J. under German privacy […]

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Ethiopian Leader Vows to Lead Troops as War Threatens to Widen

NAIROBI, Kenya — The Nobel Peace Prize has dogged Abiy Ahmed since he went to a war a year ago, stoking the outrage of critics who viewed the 2019 prize awarded to Ethiopia’s prime minister as a terrible mistake. But this week Mr. Abiy went a step further when he declared that he was heading […]

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Pentagon Chief Expected to Discuss 2019 Airstrike That Killed Dozens

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III is expected on Wednesday to make his first public comments about a U.S. airstrike in Syria in 2019 that killed dozens of women and children, Pentagon officials said. Mr. Austin, who became secretary earlier this year after the Biden administration began, received a briefing on Tuesday about […]

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Blinken Heads to Africa as U.S. Tries to Avert Ethiopia Disaster

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is scheduled to depart on Monday for a five-day swing to Africa, where he will lend support for democratic principles and seek to advance diplomacy aimed at preventing Ethiopia from descending into a catastrophic civil war. Mr. Blinken plans to begin his trip with a stop in […]

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How the U.S. Hid a Deadly Airstrike

Dave Philipps contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Neena Pathak, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, […]

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Book Excerpt: Navy SEAL’s Behavior Led Teammates to Change Their Mission

Throughout the contentious trial of Eddie Gallagher, a Navy SEAL chief accused of killing a prisoner in Iraq in 2017, Navy prosecutors never mentioned the name of the Islamic State fighter he had actually been charged with murdering. He was just “the kid” or “the victim,” sometimes “the dirtbag” — not even “John Doe.” In […]

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How the U.S. Hid an Airstrike That Killed Dozens of Civilians in Syria

The Times investigation found that the bombing had been called in by a classified American special operations unit, Task Force 9, which was in charge of ground operations in Syria. The task force operated in such secrecy that at times it did not inform even its own military partners of its actions. In the case […]

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For Some South Africans, de Klerk Missed Chances for True Reconciliation

The video was “a last-minute revision of history” and Mr. de Klerk’s self-conscious attempt to preserve his legacy as the hero who released Mr. Mandela from jail, said Sithembile Mbete, a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria. “The more tragic part of F.W. de Klerk’s death is that he dies with so many secrets,” […]

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U.S. Holocaust Museum Says China ‘May Be Committing Genocide’ Against Uyghurs

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said in a report issued on Tuesday that China had escalated its crimes against the Muslim community of Uyghurs in the northwestern region of Xinjiang and that it was “gravely concerned” that the government “may be committing genocide.” The report, “‘To Make Us Slowly Disappear’: The Chinese Government’s Assault on […]

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U.N. Rights Panel Pressures Sudan Over Coup

GENEVA — The United Nations’ top human rights body decided on Friday to appoint an independent expert to monitor and report on abuses in Sudan since the military takeover less than two weeks ago, escalating international pressure on leaders of Africa’s third-largest country to restore civilian rule. At an emergency session of the Human Rights […]

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Lawmakers Ask Biden to Rescind Medals for Wounded Knee Massacre

More than a dozen members of Congress have called on President Biden to use his executive authority to revoke Medals of Honor awarded for the killings of members of the Lakota Sioux tribe, including unarmed women and children, at Wounded Knee, S.D., in the 19th century. In a letter coordinated by Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat […]

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Atrocities on All Sides in Ethiopia’s War, U.N. Says as Rebels Advance

NAIROBI, Kenya — As the conflict in Ethiopia stretches into its second year and Africa’s second most populous nation continues to fracture, a report by the top U.N. human rights body released on Wednesday offered evidence that all sides in the war had committed gross human rights violations, including killings of civilians, sexual violence and […]

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A Farewell to Readers, With Hope

But winning a state chess championship is not a scalable way to solve homelessness. The dazzling generosity in response to Tani’s success is heartwarming, but it needs to be matched by a generous public policy. Kids should get housing even if they’re not chess prodigies. We didn’t build the Interstate System of highways with bake […]

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The Charges Against Bolsonaro Are a Welcome Start

Even worse, the government allegedly made a pact with Prevent Senior, a major private health care chain, to produce data about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine and other unproven drugs in the treatment of Covid-19. Twelve whistle-blowing doctors have accused the organization of testing drugs on patients without their knowledge and without having proper authorization from […]

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A California Law School Reckons With the Shame of Native Massacres

Ultimately, Mr. Faigman said in an interview, the question of whether Hastings keeps its name rests with the Legislature and the governor. His critics say Hastings should proactively demand the change. A spokeswoman for Mr. Newsom, Erin Mellon, said the governor hoped Californians would “think critically about the harmful legacies of our forebears.” The governor […]

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German Woman Convicted of a Crime Against Humanity in Death of Yazidi Child

BERLIN — A criminal court in Munich sentenced a German convert to Islam to 10 years in prison on Monday, finding the woman guilty of supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and a crime against humanity for leaving a 5-year-old Yazidi girl to die of thirst in the scorching heat. The sentencing of the 30-year-old […]

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Brazil Senate’s Pandemic Panel, in Last-Minute Shift, Softened Criminal Recommendations on Bolsonaro

BRASÍLIA, Brazil — On Tuesday night, a Brazilian congressional panel was hours away from revealing on national television its recommendation that President Jair Bolsonaro should face homicide and genocide charges for his mishandling of the pandemic, which has killed 600,000 Brazilians. Then a few senators had second thoughts. Even though they opposed Mr. Bolsonaro and […]

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At Rwanda’s Favorite Bars, Forget the Beer: Milk Is What’s on Tap

KIGALI, Rwanda — As the sun scorched the hilly Rwandan capital on a recent afternoon, a motorcycle taxi driver, two women in matching head scarves and a teenager wearing headphones all separately sauntered into a small roadside kiosk to drink the only thing on tap: milk. “I love milk,” said Jean Bosco Nshimyemukiza, the motorcycle […]

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U.N. Votes to Appoint Human Rights Watchdog in Afghanistan

GENEVA — Spurred by mounting evidence of Taliban abuses since the group seized power two months ago, the United Nations top human rights body voted Thursday to appoint an independent expert backed by specialist advisers to investigate and report on abuses in Afghanistan. The Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a European Union-led resolution endorsed […]

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Germany Sets Aside an Additional $767 Million for Holocaust Survivors, Officials Say

“We’re dealing with people who weren’t even born during the Holocaust,” he said, adding that negotiators used Zoom because of the coronavirus pandemic. “They still recognize their moral responsibility.” The German Embassy in Washington did not immediately comment. Ms. Khusid, who moved to the United States in 2010 to live near her daughter, is one […]

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A Tech-Savvy Holocaust Memorial in Ukraine Draws Critics and Crowds

KYIV, Ukraine — An advertisement on the Ukrainian-language version of Tinder, the online dating platform, offered a not-so-romantic experience. “Touch the tragedy of Babyn Yar,” the ad suggested, urging users to learn more about one of the largest mass shootings of Jews in World War II, at a site in Kyiv. The pitch was hardly […]

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He’s Australia’s Most Decorated Soldier. Did He Also Kill Helpless Afghans?

But it is unlikely that all the soldiers will go to trial, given the increasing challenge of collecting evidence about events that happened over a decade ago, said Ben Saul, who teaches international law at the University of Sydney. “The longer this drags on,” he said, “the more difficult it is to get a successful […]

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3,000 Yazidis Are Still Missing. Their Families Know Where Some of Them Are.

Some of the children have forgotten that they are Yazidi. Mr. Hussein knows from his son, who is not being identified for his own safety, that he is being forced to work in construction for about $1 a day. But without the $9,000 the captors are demanding for each of his six relatives, Mr. Hussein […]

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Mohib Ullah, 46, Dies; Documented Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya

Mohammed Mohib Ullah was born to Fazal Ahmed and Ummel Fazal in a village in Maungdaw Township, a Rohingya-majority sliver of land abutting Bangladesh. His father was a teacher, and Mr. Mohib Ullah followed in his footsteps, teaching science. He was part of a generation of middle-class Rohingya who could still take part in Myanmar […]

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German Police Arrest 96-Year-Old Nazi Suspect Who Tried to Skip Court

BERLIN — The 96-year-old woman, a former secretary in a concentration camp, was supposed to appear in court to face charges of being an accessory in the deaths of more than 11,000 people, in what may be one of the last Nazi trials in Germany. But instead of taking a taxi from her assisted living […]

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Five Years After Peace Deal, Colombia Is Running Out of Time, Experts Say

LA PAZ, Colombia — On a coca farm hidden in the jungle, a half-dozen day laborers slip out of hammocks and head to work, harvesting the shiny green leaves that will become cocaine. In the nearby village of La Paz, chalky white cocaine base serves as currency, used to buy bread or beans. And in […]

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