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International Legal News

Weekly update: 25 April – 30 April 2023

The following media round up on international and foreign policy issues from around the world for the period of 25 April to 30 April 2023.

Guernica 37 will provide weekly media updates from the International Criminal Court, European Court of Human Rights, United Nations, European Union and other sources. Should you wish to contribute or submit a media summary, opinion piece or blog, please send to Ned Vucijak at for consideration.

 Photograph: Damian Carrington/The Guardian
The U’wa people inhabit the foothills and cloud forests of the Colombian Andes. Photograph: Damian Carrington/The Guardian

SUDAN - 30 April 2023

BBC News, ‘Sudan crisis risks becoming a nightmare for the world - former PM Hamdok’

SUDAN - 26 April 2023

CNN, ‘Former Sudanese minister Ahmed Haroun wanted on war crimes charges freed from Khartoum prison’

RUSSIA - 30 April 2023

Reuters, ‘Russia pledges harsh response after Polish 'seizure' of embassy school’

ETHIOPIA - 28 April 2023

Africa News, ‘Ethiopia's Amhara ruling party official shot dead’

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NAMIBIA/GERMANY - 28 April 2023

The Guardian, ‘UN representatives criticise Germany over reparations for colonial crimes in Namibia.

Rapporteurs also chastise the German and Namibian governments for excluding Herero and Nama minorities from talks dealing with the mass murder of their ancestors.’

NETHERLANDS - 28 April 2023

EURACTIV, ‘King’s Day marred by protests, debate on Dutch royals link to colonialism. Anti-royalist protests and a heated debate about the royal family’s involvement in Dutch colonialism and slavery overshadowed the Dutch holiday, as King Willem-Alexander and his family visited Rotterdam on Thursday.’

CUBA/USA - 28 APRIL 2023

‘Crimes against humanity’: UN body calls for release of Guantánamo inmate. UN’s arbitrary detention group calls for immediate release of Palestinian Abu Zubaydah, saying detention has no basis in law’

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CNN, ‘Turkey kills ISIS leader in Syria operation, Erdogan says.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on Sunday that the country’s intelligence forces had killed the leader of ISIS in Syria as he vowed to continue the country’s fight against terrorism. In a broadcast, Erdogan said Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization had been tracking a man known as Abu al-Hussein al-Husseini Al-Qurshi “for a long time.”


The Guardian, ‘Indigenous community in Colombia gets its day in court over ‘ancestral land’

The U’wa people’s case against the Colombian government could help protect the environment across Latin America’


BBC, ‘Tangaraju Suppiah: Singapore executes man for supplying cannabis

Singapore has executed a man for conspiring to traffic cannabis despite pleas for clemency from his family, activists and the United Nations.’

IRAN - 29 APRIL 2023

Al Jazeera, ’Even one American in Iraq is too many’, Iran’s Khamenei says

Iran’s supreme leader meets Iraqi president, says recent security and economic agreements need to be fully implemented.’

IRELAND - 1 MAY 2023

BBC, ‘Trevelyan descendant 'would consider' Irish famine compensation

A descendant of 19th Century aristocrat Sir Charles Trevelyan has said if the Irish government asked her family to pay compensation over the Irish famine they would consider the request.’

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