Wednesday, June 17, 1998

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  • International Criminal Court

    This week in Rome, a five-week U.N. conference has kicked off to discuss the establishment of an International Criminal Court — a permanent war crimes court with the power to indict civilians and soldiers as well as leaders of states or governments

  • Harbury Testifies in Human Rights Court

    We now go down to San Jose, Costa Rica where the case of Harbury versus Guatemala began yesterday in the Interamerican Court of Human Rights, the court of the Organization of American States. An international panel of judges heard four hours of testimony by Jennifer Harbury who is suing the Guatemalan government for the torture, murder and coverup of the case of her husband Efraim Bamaca Velasquez, the last Mayan commandante of the Guatemalan guerillas. Harbury has been on a non-stop crusade since her husband’s capture in 1992 to uncover the facts around her husbands death.

  • International Condition of Gays and Lesbians

    According to a report in this week’s "Washington Blade", human rights groups are disputing the findings in a recent INS-sponsored report on the treatment of gays in Mexico. There is documentation for dozens of anti-gay murders and numerous violent attacks from 1990 to 1995, most of them carried out in the southern state of Chiapas. Local officials openly scoffed at charges that police did little or nothing to prevent and investigate the attacks. International rights monitors noted that most of the attacks and murders were carried out with weaponry known to be available only from police and state security forces.