Syria’s opposition suspended its pledge to attend this week’s peace talks in Switzerland after the United Nations invited Iran, jeopardizing the latest attempt to end a war that’s killed more than 100,000 people.
France plans to hold its first trial resulting from the Rwandan genocide as the 20th anniversary of the attempt to eliminate the country’s ethnic Tutsi population approaches, the lawyer who will prosecute the case said.
A United Nations court set up to prosecute suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide will start on May 16 examining evidence against two of the tribunal’s most- wanted men, said Rwandan Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama.
A Tanzanian lawyer who defended a Rwandan genocide suspect was shot dead and documents were stolen from his vehicle in an attack in which two other people died, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said.
The passage of a United Nations Security Council resolution to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile is a major victory for U.S. diplomacy. It came about by implementing some of the major lessons of the post-Cold War decades -- the importance of force to back up diplomacy and a willingness to use force outside the UN context. Now President Barack Obama must use these lessons in the endgame. But he must also apply a third lesson: keeping the world’s attention on the much more important, and harder, task of ending the civil war.
The International Tribunal for Rwanda found two former military chiefs guilty of crimes in connection with the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and sympathetic Hutus were massacred in 100 days.
A leader of an ethnic-Hutu rebel group with links to the 1994 Rwandan genocide was arrested in France for alleged war crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the International Criminal Court said.