RSF_en News Co-signing organizations in alphabetical order : Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture, FranceAmnesty International, Benin Advocates for Public International Law, UgandaArabic Network for Human Rights Information, EgyptAsia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, AustraliaAct for Peace, AustraliaArab Coalition for Sudan, SudanArab Program for Human Rights Activists,EgyptArab-European Center Of Human Rights And International Law, NorwayArab Foundation for Development and Citizenship, United KingdomAndalus Institute for Tolerance and anti-Violence Studies, EgyptBenin Coalition for the International Criminal Court, BeninCairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, EgyptCampaña Colombiana Contra Minas, ColombiaCenter for Media Studies and Peacebuilding, LiberiaChild Soldiers International, United KingdomChristian Solidarity Worldwide, BelgiumClub des Amis du Droit du Congo, Democratic Republic of CongoCoalition Ivoirienne pour la Cour Penale Internationale, Cote d’IvoireColombian Commission of Jurists, ColombiaCommunity Empowerment for Progress Organization, South SudanConflict Monitoring Center, PakistanCongress of National Minorities of Ukraine, UkraineComité Catholique Contre la Faim et Pour le Développement – Terre Solidaire, FranceComision Mexicana de Defensa y Promocion de los Derechos Humanos, MexicoComision de Derechos Humanos, PeruCSO Network, Western KenyaDawlaty Foundation, LebanonDemocracia Global, ArgentinaEast Africa Law Society, TanzaniaEgyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, EgyptElman Peace and Human Rights Center, SomaliaEuro-Mediterranean Human Rights NetworkFN-forbundet / Danish United Nations Association, DenmarkFranciscans InternationalFundación de Antropología Forense, GuatemalaFriends For a NonViolent World, United States Georgian Young Lawyers Association, GeorgiaGenocide Alert, GermanyGlobal Solutions.org, United StatesGlobal Justice Center, United StatesGlobal Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, United StatesGulf Centre for Human Rights, DenmarkHoriyat for Development and Human Rights, LibyaHumanist Institute for Development Cooperation, The NetherlandsHumanitarian Law Center Kosovo, KosovoHuman Rights First, United StatesHuman Rights WatchInternational Justice Project, United StatesInternational Commission of Jurists, KenyaInternational Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, NigeriaInternational Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, United StatesInternational Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture, FranceInternational Center for Policy and Conflict, KenyaInsan, LebanonJacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, United StatesJustice Without Frontiers, LebanonKenya Human Rights Commission, KenyaLa Coalition Burundaise pour la Cour Penale Internationale, BurundiLira NGO Forum, UgandaLigue pour la Paix, les Droits de l’Homme et la Justice, Democratic Republic of CongoMedia Foundation for West Africa, GhanaMinority Rights Group International, United KingdomNational Youth Action, Inc., LiberiaNo Peace Without Justice, ItalyNorwegian People’s Aid, NorwayOptimum Travail du Burkina, Burkina FasoOpen Society Justice InitiativePakistan Body Count, PakistanPAX, The NetherlandsPax Christi InternationalParliamentarians for Global ActionEl Equipo Peruano de Antropología Forense, PeruPhysicians for Human Rights, United StatesPak Institute for Peace Studies, PakistanREDRESS, United KingdomReporters Without Borders, FranceRencontre africaine pour la défense des droits de l’homme (Raddho-Guinée), GuineaReseau Equitas, Côte d’IvoireSamir Kassir Foundation, LebanonSouthern Africa Litigation Centre, South AfricaSouth African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law, South AfricaSyrian Network for Human Rights, United KingdomSyria Justice & Accountability Center, The NetherlandsSyrian Nonviolence Movement, FranceSyrian Observatory for Human Rights, United KingdomSynergie des ONGs Congolaises pour la lutte contre les Violences Sexuelles, Democratic Republic of CongoSynergie des ONGs Congolaises pour les Victimes, Democratic Republic of CongoThe International Federation for Human Rights, FranceThe Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law, Sierra LeoneThe Association of Political Scientists, GreeceThe Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention, CanadaThe Igarape Institute, BrazilThe Arab World Center for Democratic Development, JordanThe United Nations Association of Sweden, SwedenUnited to End Genocide, United StatesVision GRAM-International, CanadaViolations Documentation Center, SyriaWake Up Genève for Syria, SwitzerlandWest Africa Civil Society Institute, GhanaWest African Bar Association, NigeriaWorld Federalist Movement, CanadaWorld Federation of United Nations AssociationsWomens’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Switzerland Zarga Organization for Rural Development, Sudan March 8, 2021 Find out more to go further News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out more News News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Over one hundred civil society groups from around the world issued the following statement today to urge the United Nations Security Council to approve a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court:We, the undersigned civil society groups, urge United Nations Security Council members to approve a draft resolution supported by a broad coalition of countries that would refer the situation in Syria to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).More than three years into a conflict that has claimed well over 100,000 lives, according to the United Nations, atrocity crimes are being committed with complete impunity by all sides in the conflict, with no end in sight.Neither Syrian authorities nor the leaders of non-state armed groups have taken any meaningful steps to ensure accountability for past and ongoing grave human rights crimes. The failure to hold those responsible for these violations to account has only fueled further atrocities by all sides. Against this background, we believe the ICC is the forum most capable of effectively investigating and prosecuting the people who bear the greatest responsibility for serious crimes and of offering a measure of justice for victims in Syria.The latest report from the UN’s Syria Commission of Inquiry, published on March 5, 2014, also found that all sides to the Syria conflict continued to commit serious crimes under international law and held that the Security Council was failing to take action to end the state of impunity. The commission, which has published seven in-depth reports since its establishment in August 2011, recommended that the Security Council give the ICC a mandate to investigate abuses in SyriaThe need for accountability in Syria through the ICC has likewise been supported by more than 60 UN member countries, representing all regions of world, including 10 of the current members of the Security Council. We urge all Security Council members to heed this call for justice. Other countries should publicly support the draft resolution and warn Russia and China against using their veto power to obstruct accountability for violations by all sides.As a permanent international court with a mandate to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity when national authorities are unable or unwilling to do so, the ICC was created to address exactly the type of situation that exists in Syria today. Though the court’s work can be only one piece of the larger accountability effort needed in Syria, it is a crucial first step.We therefore strongly urge Security Council members to urgently act to fill the accountability gap in Syria. The people of Syria cannot afford further disappointment or delay. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation May 15, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Groups Call for ICC Referral
ISP is investigating a fatal crash in Fulton County. Preliminary info is three children were struck & killed at a school bus stop near 4600 N State Road 25. @ISPPeru PIO Sgt. Tony Slocum is at the scene. Updated and confirmed info will be sent via news release later today.— Indiana State Police (@IndStatePolice) October 30, 2018The driver of the truck is a 24-year-old woman who stayed at the scene and has been cooperating with police, WRTV reported.The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation posted a statement on Facebook after the incident.“Our school corporation has suffered a tragedy this morning. We have learned of three student fatalities and one student seriously injured and airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital as they were hit by a vehicle while boarding their bus. We have deployed all school counselors to meet the emotional needs of our staff, students and parents,” the school wrote on Facebook. “We are awaiting to learn more confirmed details but wish to ask the community to come together to pray for the families, our students and our staff.”This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. WLS(ROCHESTER, Ind.) — Three children from the same family were killed and a fourth child was seriously injured Tuesday morning when they were struck by a pickup truck as they were about to board a school bus, police said.Twin 6-year-old brothers and their 9-year-old sister were killed in incident on a rural road in Indiana, and an 11-year-old boy suffered multiple broken bones, police told ABC Indianapolis affiliate WRTV.The incident occurred around 7:15 a.m. in Rochester, a city near Fort Wayne, the Indiana State Police said. The injured boy was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital by helicopter.The four children were crossing a two-lane road from a mobile home park to get to their school bus when they were struck by a Toyota Tacoma truck, police said. A preliminary investigation showed the yellow school bus was in the northbound lane of State Road 25 with its emergency lights flashing and its and its stop-sign arm out when the children were struck by the southbound truck, state police said.
View Gallery (3 Photos)Winter and the winter sports season are slowly drawing to a close here at Wisconsin, and although brighter days and greener pastures are fast-approaching with spring on the horizon, many of the sports teams are about to head into a hibernation of sorts, at least competition-wise. However, the volleyball team is not among those with a break, and it is actually one of the few teams with a fall season and a spring season – albeit a shorter one for the latter.Spring football practice started Saturday and so began the Andersen Era of Wisconsin football, but only five days earlier and a few hundred feet away at the Field House, the Sheffield Era of Wisconsin volleyball also debuted with the first practice under new head coach Kelly Sheffield.But for many of the players including sophomore Courtney Thomas, sophomore Ellen Chapman and junior Annemarie Hickey, it wasn’t their first time playing since the fall season culminated at the end of November. While all the players spent a few hours a week at the gym in the offseason, a little more than a week before practice began, the trio of players in Thomas, Chapman and Hickey had a very special opportunity to showcase their skills.Beginning Feb. 22, the three players traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the three-day U.S. National A2 team tryouts, a team that features the premier talent in the college level.As for how the opportunity came about for the three players, it was not a roundabout process but instead a very direct proposal as Hickey explained.“Coach just called me up one day and was like, ‘Hey do you want to go to the USA tryout?’ Obviously, I wasn’t going to turn that down. It’s a great experience, a great opportunity. You get to play with some of the best people in the world for volleyball,” Hickey said.For the first time for all three players, it was a chance to play with the best players that college volleyball has to offer instead of against them. And although it was a great opportunity to simply play alongside the best in the business, there was more to the experience than just that, which Sheffield found out his players had done in the report from the tryouts.“The reports that I got back were that they had really good tryouts,” Sheffield said. “It’s one thing to tryout, but it’s another thing when you’re playing against top notch competition of being able to bring it. It sounds like our players were able to bring it, so we’ve got talent here.”It was supposed to be a three-day tryout and learning opportunity for Chapman, Hickey and Thomas, but it blossomed into more than that thanks to some bad weather. The flight for Madison scheduled for Sunday night was cancelled due to a snowstorm, which allowed the three Badgers an opportunity to bond with their new assistant coach Brittany Dildine for the first time since she joined Sheffield at Wisconsin. The players were able to realize not only who Dildine was as a coach, but also as a person, yielding a fun, positive experience for all four, and forging their new relationships in both the coaching and personal realms.“Even from when she first picked us up from the airport when we first got to Colorado Springs, I never really knew her before that, so it was really neat getting to know her and seeing that’s she not just a coach to us. She is like a friend,” Chapman said.The individual experiences in Colorado Springs are symbolic as they transition into what the spring season for volleyball is all about. Much shorter than the fall season with the biggest difference being no championships on the line, the Badgers spring schedule – consisting of three games and a tournament this year – is geared toward the improvement of the individual rather than the team, which Sheffield discussed after the first practice.“I’ve always thought the spring was about the individual and the fall was about the team. This is kind of different when you’re a new coach coming in because you’re trying to learn about each of them individually but you’re trying to put some of those pieces together, as well. The spring, there’s not that worry about the next match. You can totally put all your energies on just getting better,” Sheffield said.Not only does the spring season allow for the players to concentrate on their own development, it also allows for a new coach in Sheffield and his coaching staff to get to know and understand his players whom he only recently met.“Right now it’s just about learning each other. I’ve got to learn who they are and what they’re capable of, and they’ve got to learn me and what our expectations are and how we run things,” Sheffield said. “We try to have a gym where there’s a lot of learning going on, a lot of competing going on and just start building from there. This is day one. Rome wasn’t built in day.”Regardless of how Wisconsin fares this upcoming spring season, the new life and foundations that are a part of spring ball will be the most important in paving the road to success come fall and in the seasons to come in the Sheffield Era.