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Law Minister Narahari Acharya has said the process of setting up a transitional justice mechanism has entered its final stage. He said that the Recommendation Committee, responsible for nominating chairpersons and members of the Commission on Enforced Disappearance and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will unveil the names of proposed chairpersons and members for the two commissions within a few days.

The annex to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed November 19, 2012, between the Justice, Human Rights and Transitional Justice Ministry and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), was initialled on Tuesday in Tunis.

It was inked by Justice Minister Hafedh Ben Salah and DIHR Global Director Charlotte Flindt Pederden.

The Bosnian prosecution charged Stanarevic and Dopudja on Thursday with having participated in the killings of the civilians within a wide-ranging and systematic attack by the Bosnian Serb Army and police on the villages of Ripac, Cukovi, Orasac, Klisa and Kulen Vakuf near Bihac in the north-west of the country in the summer of 1992.

A new full inquest is to be held into the IRA massacre of 10 Protestant workers shot dead in South Armagh in 1976.

A project to empower the families of the forcibly disappeared in Lebanon has been launched Thursday by the local Lebanese NGO Act for Disappeared, to help them in their struggle to know the destiny of their loved ones.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners and the Former Political Prisoners Society sponsored a joint seminar on August 17th and 18th that sought to establish a working definition of a political prisoner. The seminar received 50 attendees, including representatives from political parties and human right groups, solicitors, former political prisoners and delegates from FIDH and the International Centre for Transitional Justice. The following is the definition that was agreed upon by those in attendance at the seminar.

The state of Rio de Janeiro's Federal Regional Court decided unanimously to reopen the trial that investigate the death and disappearance of Congressman Rubens Paiva, which took place in January 1971.

Conflict victims and human rights lawyers have expressed reservations over some provisions of the newly endorsed working procedures of the committee which is responsible for the formation of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission on Enforced Disappearances.

The EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo, EULEX, said on Friday that it had received the remains of the ethnic Albanians who are believed to have been killed by Serbian forces during the conflict and their bodies then taken to the Rudnica quarry near Raska for secret burial in a mass grave.

A United Nations peacekeeping force will deploy Monday in the Central African Republic, which has been devastated by more than two years of sectarian violence and civil war. Many hope the U.N. troops will have a strong impact on economic development of this poor nation.