landmark leap: UN rights chief Jan 14, 2022 0 0 12345 New York UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet has hailed the trial and conviction in Germany of a Syrian former intelligence officer accused of crimes against humanity. “It is a landmark leap forward in the pursuit of truth, justice and reparations for the serious human rights violations perpetrated in Syria over more than a decade,” she said. “Today’s verdict should serve to spur forward all efforts to widen the net of accountability for all perpetrators of the unspeakable crimes that have characterised this brutal conflict.” “This is a clear example of how national courts can and should fill accountability gaps for such crimes wherever they were committed, through fair and independent investigations and trials carried out in line with international human rights laws and standards,” Bachelet said. (DPA) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES New daily high of Covid cases prompts closures in Philippines Jan 14, 2022 0 0 In a world first, Syrian officer indicted for war crimes in German court Jan 14, 2022 0 0 Public transport drivers block roads in Lebanon to protest economic hardship Jan 14, 2022 0 0 India logs 247,000 new coronavirus cases, sharpest daily hike so far DPA New Delhi India recorded more than 247,000 coronavirus cases on Thursday, its biggest-day single-day rise since the beginning of the pandemic, according to officials and news reports. The pandemic’s third wave in .. Taipei defends Taiwan academic attacked by Chinese media for article Taipei Taiwan’s government on Thursday vowed to defend an academic accused by Chinese media of breaking Hong Kong’s national security law by writing an article mainland media claim was pro-Hong Kong independence. .. Botswana to sell 300 elephant trophy hunter licences DPA Gaborone Botswana plans to issue licences to hunt 294 elephants during the opening of this year’s hunting season in April. According to the national park director responsible for issuing the licences, Kabelo .. Probe starts after two Israeli soldiers killed by friendly fire in Jordan Valley Tel Aviv Two Israeli officers are dead after a friendly fire incident during a security patrol adjacent to a military base in the Jordan Valley, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said on Thursday. “The officers were .. Nobel prize committee calls on Ethiopian laureate to end Tigray conflict Copenhagen The awarding institution of the Nobel Peace Prize has called on Ethiopian laureate Abiy Ahmed to put an end to the armed conflict in the Tigray region. “As prime minister and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, ..