Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, April 11, 2013
- Human Rights Watch has published a new report entitled Death from the Skies alleging that Syrian forces have killed over 4,300 civilians by targeting places like bakeries and hospitals, and calls these air raids war crimes.
- Concerns about Syria and North Korea top the agenda of the G8 summit taking place this week in London.
- The EU has informed North Korea that it didn’t think the recent tensions warrant a withdrawal of EU Members’ diplomats from Pyongyang.
- The UN General Assembly is debating the role of the international criminal justice system in reconciliation, a meeting that the US and other nations boycotted because of allegations that Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, the meeting’s organizer, is using it as a way to unfairly criticize the ICTY and divert attention away from the role of Serbia in the Balkan wars.
- Nuon Chea, also known as “Brother Number Two” to Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot has been found fit to stand trial before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.
- Foreign Policy has more on the McClatchy report we told you about yesterday that fewer than two percent of those killed by drone in Pakistan are senior Al-Qaeda leaders. Micah Zenko at FP calls this proof that the US has been lying in the drone wars an Inconvenient Truth.
- Uruguay has legalized same-sex marriage, making it the second South American country to do so, along with Argentina.
- Japan has given Taiwan an unconditional concession to fish in a large area of the contested East China Sea. The breakthrough is seen as a move by Japan to keep Taiwan on its side.
- A US judge has ordered that the US must prove that Pfc. Bradley Manning knew that the documents he leaked to Wikileaks would aid al-Qaeda and other US enemies.