Weekday News Wrap: Friday, March 29, 2013
- North Korea has put its rocket units on standby aimed at the US air force bases in South Korea and the Pacific after the US flew two nuclear stealth bombers over the Korean Peninsula yesterday.
- Iran, North Korea and Syria have blocked the adoption of the UN Arms Trade Treaty, though the expectation is that with the text of the treaty in a General Assembly resolution, it would pass overwhelmingly.
- The UN Security Council has passed the first-ever “offensive” UN peacekeeping brigade to be dispatched in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, operating under orders to “neutralize” and “disarm” rebel groups they encounter.
- Thirty-one men being held at Guantanamo Bay prison have told the ICRC that they are being denied access to drinking water by their jailers.
- Human Rights Watch has called on Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of war crimes beginning with the investigation of the country’s own Minister of Resettlement, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, alleged to be a former leader of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE).
- Human Rights Watch has also published Hostages of the Gatekeepers, a report on abuses against internally displaced persons in Mogadishu, Somalia.
- EJIL: Talk! has an analysis of the recent news that Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, acquitted in December 2012 by the ICC, has applied for political asylum in the Netherlands citing that he fears persecution were he to be returned to his native Congo.