Weekday News Wrap: Friday, December 21, 2012
- The ICTR issued its final decision yesterday, sentencing former Rwandan minister Augustin Ngirabatware to 35 years in prison.
- An Argentine court sentenced former Interior Minister Jaime Smart to life in prison for crimes against humanity during the nation’s 1976-1983 “Dirty War.”
- The UN sees no prospect of an end to the violence in Syria, according to Ban Ki-Moon, and urges unity from the Security Council.
- The Security Council unanimously approved a two-track intervention into Mali.
- Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has said that the door is open to ending the standoff that has kept him holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the last six months. He also mentioned that he is ready to publish a “million more files” and that his work “will not be cowed.”
- Amnesty International has warned of a worsening situation for migrants in Greece, reporting of horrible conditions of detainees—including children.
- A day after winning its case against Canada, Japan has requested that a WTO dispute panel is established over anti-dumping duties applied by China on Japanese high performance stainless steel seamless tubes. It is the 27th dispute launched at the WTO this year.
- Russian President Putin is in Brussels for a summit with EU leaders to discuss trade, human rights and Syria.