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TRIAL submits a General Allegation on Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

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On the 29th June 2009 TRIAL (Track Impunity Always – A Swiss association against impunity) submitted to the UNWGEID a General Allegation about the existing obstacles to the implementation of 1992 Declaration in BiH, requesting the Group to transmit the allegations to the government of BiH and to invite it to give its comments on… Read more »

Guest Report: To JCE or not JCE at the Cambodian Tribunal

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Guest Post by Brent Hicks On 23 June 2009 Professor Michael Scharf delivered a lecture entitled, “To JCE or not JCE? Insights form the Cambodia Tribunal,” at The Grotius Centre’s Hague campus. Prof. Scharf is uniquely situated to give a lecture on the application of Joint Criminal Enterprise (“JCE”) liability in this forum as he… Read more »

Argentine soldiers face torture charges from the Falklands War

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Some seventy Argentine soldiers are to be charged in eighty cases of torture committed by the Argentinian army on its own ranks during the Falklands War against Britain in 1982, a prosecutor has said. A federal appeals court in the southern city of Comodoro Rivadavia upheld a decision by a trial court that the alleged torture… Read more »

The Rights of the Accused – Lecture by Guenael Mettraux

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On Wednesday 24 June 2009, ICLB member, Guenael Mettraux, gave a lecture as part of the Summer Course on the International Criminal Court at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway regarding “The Rights of the accused”. The course is organized and presided over by Professor William Schabas.

Guest Post on The Future of Iran

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Guest Post by Gissou Azarnia As Iran nears the end of a second week of protests, which was preceded by uplifting marches for free democracy but then swiftly marred by bloody governmental crackdowns, the question of what the future holds becomes much more difficult to answer. By now, mostly through the power of Twitter, Facebook… Read more »

Chile’s U.N. Ambassador Heraldo Munoz to lead the U.N. investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto

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Thanks to Alexis Orenstein who prepared this post. Chile’s U.N. Ambassador Heraldo Munoz will lead the U.N. investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan.  Bhutto was killed in December 2007 after departing a rally for her political party – the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) – two weeks before the scheduled… Read more »

ICTR Judgement in Kalimanzira Case Rendered

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Yesterday, June 22 2009, The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) handed down a 30 years sentence on the former Rwandan Acting Interior Minister, Callixte Kalimanzira, for his role in the 1994 genocide, specifically for the killings of thousands of ethnic Tutsis at the Kabuye Hill, Butare, southern Rwanda. Presiding Judge, Justice Dennis Byron, stated… Read more »

Charles Taylor Defence Case to Commence 13 July 2009

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Trial Chamber II of the Special Court for Sierra Leone has ordered the Defence for former President of Liberia Charles Taylor to open their case on 13 July 2009, instead of 29 June as previously scheduled. According to the SCSL, the accused “is expected to take the stand in his own defence. Under the Special… Read more »

Stanišić and Simatović trial Update

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At the re-start of the trial of Jovica Stanišić and Franko Simatović  yesterday, Jovica Stanišić  did not appear in the courtroom nor in the room in the detention unit where a video link had been set up. Stanišić also refused to sign a waiver of his right to attend the trial. Defence Counsel for Jovica… Read more »

Shell settle Nigerian Abuse Case

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Royal Dutch Shell has agreed a $15.5m out-of-court settlement in a case accusing it of complicity in human rights abuses in Nigeria, despite not accepting any liability over the allegations against it. It was brought by relatives of nine anti-oil campaigners, including author Ken Saro-Wiwa, who were hanged in 1995 by Nigeria’s then military rulers…. Read more »

Vacancy for Lecturers in Human Rights and International Law

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University of Ulster – School of Law – Transitional Justice Institute Lecturers in Human Rights/International Law Base: Jordanstown/Magee The postholders will augment the strong international profile of the Transitional Justice Institute and the School of Law. (Two permanent posts, one fixed-term post until 31 July 2012.) Closing date: 19 June 2009 FULL DETAILS AT:  http://jobs.ulster.ac.uk/display_job.phtml?id=2909

Calls for a UN Piracy Tribunal

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Five Somalis are currently on trial in the Netherlands after they failed to hijack a freighter sailing under the Dutch Antilles flag in January. In the Dutch daily ‘NCR Handelsblad‘ Dutch foreign minister Verhagen stated that ‘Prosecution should deter pirates, not encourage them with the prospect of starting a new life in the country that… Read more »

ICC looking at child soldier issue in Darfur

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The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor said yesterday that he was looking closely at allegations that child soldiers have been used by militias in Sudan’s conflict-torn western Darfur region. Last December the United Nations children fund UNICEF said that up to 6,000 child soldiers, some as young as 11, have been recruited by rebels and… Read more »