Peruvian Politics — The Inter-American Court of Human Rights told the Peruvian government to overturn a Supreme Court ruling that could have allowed an early release of the imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori, said Reuters. In July, Peru‘s government criticized the Supreme Court for shortening the prison terms being served by members of the death squad (called Colina) that Fujimori ran in the 1990s as part of his clampdown on leftist insurgents. Fujimori was convicted in 2009 for “crimes against humanity” committed by the death squad; however, a panel of Supreme Court judges said two months ago that “massacres carried out by Colina only amounted to less serious ‘human rights violations,'” reported Reuters.
Abu Hamza Extradition: Queen Elizabeth II lobbied the Home Secretary for the arrest of Abu Hamza during the height of his activities in the early 2000s, reports the Guardian. The radical Islamist cleric was initially arrested in August 2004 and subsequently convicted of 11 charges in 2006. Hamza’s attempts to appeal his arrest ended on Monday when the European Court of Human Rights settled on extradition to the U.S. He’s set to face charges of terrorism in the United States. It’s rare for a member of the monarchy to express an opinion on issues such as these, writes the Guardian, which seems to be of the opinion that the Home Secretary in question could have been the Labour Party’s David Blunkett, who was in that position between 2001-2004.
China‘s Ultrarich — Slower economic growth and a weakening property market are shifting wealth patterns in China, writes the Wall Street Journal. This year, nearly half of China’s top 1,000 richest citizens face financial losses, with their average wealth falling 9% from 2011 to $860 million, according to a new ranking of China’s ultrarich in the Hurun Report, which follows wealth trends in the world’s second-largest economy. “Stock-price declines and shifts in the solar, textile and retail sectors this year have contributed to the losses of the wealthy” and a cooling real estate market allowed manufacturing to replace property as the largest source of wealth for China’s richest, reported the WSJ.
Mali Crisis — Mali is still mired in political and socioeconomic instability six months after a military coup, notes VOA News. Today, Mali is run by three men–interim President Diouncounda Traore, ex-junta leader Captain Amadou Sanogo, and interim Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra–but the lack of clear leadership is prolonging the instability. In a report Monday, the International Crisis Group said “the political tug of war, as well as divisions within the ex-junta and the military in general, could provoke another military coup,” wrote VOA.
Egyptian Aid: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reassured the new Islamist president Mohamed Morsy that the U.S. will continue with its economic assistance in Egypt despite anti-American protests writes Reuters. The two met in New York Monday where they are attending this week’s U.N. General Assembly meeting. The U.S. is close to agreeing on a $1 billion debt relief plan to help support the Egyptian economy in its continuing recovery from last year’s Arab Spring and the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak. Secretary of State Clinton is committed on following through with the Obama administration’s initial plans of Egyptian support according to Reuters.