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[RED DEMOCRATICA] UN's Pillay: Independent war-crimes inquiry needed of Sri Lankan civil war


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February 25, 2014
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UN's Pillay: Independent war-crimes inquiry needed of Sri Lankan civil war
Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, is seeking an independent international investigation into war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam during the country's civil war. Such an inquiry "would contribute to establishing the truth where domestic inquiry mechanisms have failed," she says. The war-crimes issue is expected to be debated at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in March. Reuters (2/25), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/24)
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UN Dispatch
"Christian militiamen killed at least 70 people in the remote southwest of Central African Republic, at one point ordering a group of Muslims to lie on the ground and shooting them one by one, witnesses said Monday." UN Dispatch (2/25)
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Security Council mulls sanctions against those blocking Yemen's progress
The United Nations Security Council likely will consider a draft resolution this week calling for sanctions against individuals who are blocking Yemen's political progress, envoys say. The sanctions would include restrictions on travel and assets. Google/Agence France-Presse (2/24)
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Donors give vote of confidence to Senegal's development plan
International donors are pledging $7.8 billion to help Senegal add jobs and boost the agriculture, tourism and mining industries. The pledge amount exceed expectations. "This shows that Senegal has won the confidence of donors, but that means we do not have the right to fail this trust," says Macky Sall, Senegal's president. Reuters (2/25)
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Developers have high hopes for Mexican solar facility
A private-sector photovoltaic solar project in Mexico is operational and could provide power to 164,000 people, replacing power obtained from an aging fossil fuel-powered plant. "The idea is to see how this type of merchant-risk deal can be replicated down the road, not only in Mexico and Latin America, but around the world," says Hector Olea, president and CEO of project contractor Gauss Energia. Thomson Reuters Foundation (2/25)
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Ukraine provisional government to be named Thursday
Ukraine lawmakers are postponing the announcement of the provisional government until Thursday amid negotiations, writes David Herszenhorn. Separately, Ukraine's parliament today agreed that when former President Viktor Yanukovych is found, he will be handed over to the International Criminal Court to be tried. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/25), Voice of America (2/25), ForeignPolicy.com (2/24)
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South Sudan government sets conditions for interim solution
The South Sudan government is telling mediators that an interim government can't exclude President Salva Kiir or his former deputy, Riek Machar, writes Sudan Tribune. Reportedly, the mediators are considering an interim government proposal similar to the one instituted in the Central African Republic. Sudan Tribune (2/24), IRINNews.org (2/24)
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