Victims of Europe’s last remaining communist leader, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko, are preparing to sue him for crimes against humanity, including persecution, illegal detention, and torture, the Epoch Times reported. Proceedings were initiated after last December’s presidential elections, during which hundreds of protesters were arrested and abused, including presidential candidates, human rights activists, and journalists. “The lawsuit contains charges of torture, abduction, kidnapping, and murder.”

The legal implications of Libya’s no-fly zone have been featured regularly in recent media. In Foreign Policy Journal, David Hillstrom published an article, titled “The Libyan No Fly Zone: Responsibility to Protect and International Law,” discussing whether the international community’s actions are legal, given UN approval, the stance taken by the Arab League, and the participation of token Arab states in the coalition. Meanwhile Foreign Affairs published an article by Michael W. Doyle, “The Folly of Protection: Is Intervention Against Gaddafi’s Regime Legal and Legitimate?” assessing the notion of the Responsibility to Protect and the legal and ethical dilemmas that will plague policymakers in weeks and months ahead.

Disputes along the North and South Sudan border continue. On March 16, the UN secretary-general’s advisers on genocide prevention and the responsibility to protect “expressed grave concern at the increase of tensions in Abyei” between Missireya Arabs and Ngok-Dinka ethnic groups. The statement underscored the responsibility that both governments share in ensuring that civilians are protected. This responsibility, the two advisers emphasized, extends to “all person in Abyei, irrespective of their ethnicity or religion.”

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