Mural of Ratko Mladic. Photo: Emmanuel in Europe via Bing (CC).
Mural of Ratko Mladic. Photo: Emmanuel in Europe via Bing (CC).

Gov of Serbia supports provisional release of Mladic for health reasons: On Tuesday, the Serbian government expressed its support for a provisional release of Ratko Mladic on health grounds. According to Serbia’s state TV, the government provided a guarantee, upon request of Mladic’s defence and family, that the former Bosnian Serb commander would not flee were he to be granted to possibility to undertake a hospital treatment in Serbia. Mladic has been on trial at the ICTY since May 2012 on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, and has already suffered two heart attacks. In May, ICTY judges rejected a similar motion seeking Mladic’s provisional release for medical treatment in Russia. (TheSeattleTimes)

UN CEDAW and Committee of Rights of the Child warn of possible CAH against Rohingya: On Wednesday, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) called upon the Myanmar authorities to immediately stop the violence in the northern Rakhine State and to promptly investigate and prosecute cases of violence against women and children which “may amount to crimes against humanity”. “We are particularly worried about the fate of Rohingya women and children subject to serious violations of their human rights, including killings, rape and forced displacement,” said the UN experts in joint statement. According to the latest estimates, more than 507,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar’s army launched a military crackdown in response to an attack by Rohingya fighters in August this year. “Such violations may amount to crimes against humanity and we are deeply concerned at the State’s failure to put an end to these shocking human rights violations being committed at the behest of the military and other security forces, and of which women and children continue to bear the brunt,” read the joint statement. The Committees urged Myanmar’s authorities to prevent, investigate, punish and ensure redress for acts that violate women’s and children’s rights committed under its jurisdiction, and to grant access to and fully cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council’s fact-finding mission to ensure full transparency and accountability. (AlJazeera, Reliefweb)