Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
- Yesterday, the ICJ reached its judgment in the frontier dispute between Burkina Faso and Niger. The BBC has more here.
- According to a bipartisan report by the Constitution Project (.pdf), the US has engaged in torture at the highest levels. Human Rights Watch also offers a statement here.
- The New Zealand parliament has passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.
- Privacy International has sued the United Kingdom over concerns for refusing to divulge information surrounding surveillance equipment used by the UK.
- Ex-rebels have launched reprisal attacks in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, while the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has expressed grave concern that since the overthrow of the government three weeks ago, there has been a rise of torture, rape, kidnappings and targeted killings in the country.
- Foreign Policy has a piece showcasing China as a cyberwar victim to US hackers.
- Human Rights Watch highlights several recent attacks in Somalia, specifically against a courthouse and an aid workers’ convoy, carried out by Al-Shebaab and classifying them as war crimes.
- The Pakistan Taliban have denied any involvement in the Boston Marathon bombing.
- The President of the General Assembly and former foreign affairs minister of Serbia, Vuk Jeremic, has defended last week’s General Assembly meeting on international justice and reaffirmed his criticism of the ICTY as a template for other war crimes tribunals.
- Over at Foreign Affairs, David Kaye asks how long America’s honeymoon with the ICC will last.
- The European Commission has given Serbia a final chance to reach a deal with Kosovo by delaying the release of a report on Serbia’s preparedness to become an EU Member State.
- The EU is also holding out the carrot of membership to Albania in an effort to ensure that the June elections live up to international standards.
- The EU’s Trade Commissioner is considering to investigate subsidies of Huawei and ZTE even in the absence of a formal complaint by European competitors.