Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
- For more on M23 leader Bosco Ntaganda’s surrender to the US Embassy in Rwanda Monday, the Armed Groups and International Law blog has a background piece here, Justice in Conflict talks about it at length here, the BBC coverage of the ICC’s welcoming his surrender is here and Reuters talks about the US’ efforts in transferring him to the ICC here.
- In other ICC-related news, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has an op-ed in the NY Times about international justice and diplomacy.
- According to military officials, hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay have nearly doubled since last week.
- A man claiming to be Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s spokesperson in Mali has claimed that a French hostage, kidnapped in November 2011, has been beheaded as a result of French intervention in Mali.
- Amnesty International has said that arms embargoes don’t work and has urged countries to go forth with ratifying an arms control treaty.
- The imprisoned PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan, has said he will make a “historic call” today, raising expectations for a ceasefire announcement to end the almost 30-year-old conflict.
- In Ankara, two explosions have damaged Turkey’s Justice Ministry and the offices of the Prime Minister Erdogan’s party.
- President Obama is visiting Israel and Palestine.
- Days before the start of his posthumous trial, Russia has closed the investigation into the death of Sergei Magnitsky, while he was imprisoned for tax evasion. His death was the trigger for the US Magnitsky Act in late 2012, which in turn caused Russia to freeze US adoptions.
- South Korea is investigating a cyber attack that affected three broadcasters and two major banks, and although officials refuse to speculate there are concerns that North Korea may have been involved.