Weekday News Wrap: Monday, April 2, 2012
- A New Hampshire woman will be retried for immigration fraud. She allegedly lied about her involvement in the Rwandan genocide when applying for asylum in the US.
- US authorities deported a former leader of the Liberian Peace Council who had been living in Rochester since 2006 to the West African country. He is suspected of human rights abuses and war crimes, including the recruitment of child soldiers. His deportation is the first-ever under the Child Soldiers Accountability Act of 2008.
- The Center for Constitutional Rights reports that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has accepted jurisdiction in the case brought against the United States by an Algerian man who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay without charges or trial for more than a decade.
- West African leaders have delivered an ultimatum to the military coup leaders in Mali asking them to leave power by Monday or face economic sanctions
- At the conference on Syria in Istanbul, the 83 members Friends of the Syrian People group has recognized the Syrian National Council as the legitimate representative of the Syrian opposition. The Arab League countries have committed $100 million to pay the opposition fighters and the US has promised communications equipment and $12 million in humanitarian aid.
- In Myanmar, unofficial election results suggest that Aung San Suu Kyi‘s party has won 43 out of the 44 seats in Parliament it contested. Myanmar’s Foreign Minister and his ASEAN counterparts hail the elections as “free and fair“. In a radio interview, Australia’s former ambassador to Myanmar calls for the Australia’s financial sanctions to be lifted.
- New satellite images emerge of North Korea’s rocket launch platform suggest that its preparations are further advanced than previously thought.
- A report on the Animals and Plants Committees Meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) can be found here
- India is considering taking the US to the WTO over its visa fee hikes for foreign companies based in the US bringing in foreign employees, which India alleges are discriminatory because US firms are not subject to these higher fees.