CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2001 |
Armenians throughout Southern California will gather today for a series of public events to remember victims of the first-recorded genocide of the 20th century, when an estimated 1.5 million people were killed by the Turks during World War I. A protest will be held in front of the Turkish Consulate, 4801 Wilshire Blvd., at 3 p.m. Thousands are expected to march, chant and hold protest signs that call for the Turkish government's acknowledgment of the genocide, which it has long denied.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1995 |
Armenian organizations throughout the Los Angeles area will begin a monthlong commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Armenian genocide this weekend, culminating April 23 in a church service in Glendale that draws thousands of Armenians annually. Beginning in April, 1915, Turkey launched a massive extermination of Armenians in a drive to conquer its neighbor nation. The number of Armenian casualties has never been calculated, but experts believe several million lives were lost.
November 24, 2001 |
The U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague has agreed to hear genocide charges against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for alleged atrocities during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, a spokeswoman said Friday. Milosevic, who led Yugoslavia through four Balkan wars in the 1990s, already faces two indictments accusing him of war crimes in Croatia and in Kosovo, a province of Serbia, the dominant republic of Yugoslavia.
January 31, 2001 |
The Defense Ministry scrapped a $200-million deal with a French company Tuesday as Turkey swiftly retaliated against a new French law recognizing as a genocide the killings of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire. The decision to cancel Dassault Aviation's contract to upgrade electronic warfare systems on 80 Turkish F-16 warplanes came immediately after French President Jacques Chirac signed the law, which was passed by Parliament on Jan. 18.
August 19, 2011 |
Issa Munyangaju is willing to tell his story, but he requires a beer. He sips a Primus in a dim concrete bar and talks about the houseboy he shot during the genocide. They were friends, he says, until they came to a roadblock manned by Hutu militiamen. They gave Munyangaju, also Hutu, a gun. They told him he would be killed if he didn't execute his friend, whose ethnic group, the Tutsis, had been targeted for extermination. "I followed their orders," Munyangaju, 44, says. He put a bullet in the young man's stomach, and was within earshot when another shot finished him off. While he was in prison, government officials visited to tout the benefits of confessing at a type of trial known as gacaca (pronounced ga-CHA-cha)
July 24, 2005 |
Former President Clinton, visiting a Rwandan genocide memorial, expressed regret for his "personal failure" to prevent the 1994 slaughter of more than 800,000 people. On a brief visit to look at anti-AIDS projects in Rwanda, Clinton placed a wreath at a museum commemorating victims of the 100-day massacre by Hutu extremists during his presidency. "I express regret for my personal failure," he said.
April 18, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - On the first day of trial, a witness named Bernardo Bernal recounted how, as a 9-year-old in the spring of 1983, he hid in a stream and watched Guatemalan soldiers kill his parents and two younger brothers. On the second day of testimony in Guatemala City, a man named Pedro Chavez Brito described how soldiers found him and his siblings hiding in a traditional sauna in their village on Nov. 4, 1982. His sister was carrying a newborn. " 'You are a guerrilla, you gave food to the guerrillas,' they said to my sister," the witness said, according to an unofficial transcript of the genocide case in Guatemala.
April 16, 1995 |
There is no space remaining in hell today. The doomed already fill it. They live, sleep, eat, rot and die squeezed together four men per square yard in the roofless brick box that is Gitarama Prison. Built to confine 400 on a ridge among the banana and potato communes of central Rwanda, the prison yard is now engorged with 6,793. There is no room to lie and sleep, no space to sit.
November 9, 2004 |
United Nations investigators arrived in Sudan to determine if genocide occurred in the Darfur region and investigate reports of human rights violations there, a spokesman said. The team from the International Commission of Inquiry will travel to Darfur from Khartoum, the capital, this week. The U.S. and human rights groups have asserted that the Sudanese regime and allied Arab militias are guilty of genocide in Darfur.
June 18, 2004 |
A U.N. tribunal trying the alleged masterminds of Rwanda's 1994 genocide convicted a former Rwandan mayor for his role in the slaughter and sentenced him to 30 years in prison. Sylvestre Gacumbitsi, 57, was convicted by the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda of genocide, extermination and rape for ordering the killings of minority Tutsis in the commune of Rusumo, where he was mayor.