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20 Years since Tiananmen Square Massacre

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The June 3-4 Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, when the Chinese army killed untold numbers of unarmed civilians in Beijing and other cities on and around June 3-4, marked the end of the largest political protest in communist China’s history. In acknowledgment of the events 20 years ago this week several media organisations have been… Read more »

Croatian MP sentenced for war crimes

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  Agence France Presse is reporting that a Croatian court on Friday 8 May sentenced a far-right lawmaker and former Croatian general to 10 years in prison over the execution of 10 Serb civilians during Serbia’s war with Croatia. Branimir Glavas, 52, who benefits from parliamentary immunity, was not in court to hear the verdict,… Read more »

Amnesty law for DR Congo militias

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The BBC is reporting that MPs in the Democratic Republic of Congo have paseed a law granting amnesty to militias in the east of the country. It is the culmination of various deals to bring peace to the North Kivu and South Kivu provinces, A BBC reporter in Kinshasa says. It will include “acts of… Read more »

Judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone Reject Defence Motion for Acquittal in Charles Taylor Case

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Judges of Trial Chamber II at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, this morning ruled against a  Defence  Motion for Judgment of Acquittal for former Liberian President Charles Taylor on war crimes charges. Taylor has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts involving murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery during the intertwined wars in… Read more »

Former ADC President Made “Advocate Emeritus”

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Stéphane Bourgon, formerly Association of Defence Counsel (ADC -ICTY) President and counsel before the ICTY, was recently made “Advocatus emeritus” by the Bar of Quebec, a deserved acknowledgment of his commitment to the law and justice. The ICLB congratulates Stéphane for this achievement.

Hamas Political Violence in Gaza – New Report by Human Rights Watch

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In a new publication “Under Cover of War” Human Rights Watch report that during the recent offensive by Israel in the Gaza Strip, “Hamas authorities there took extraordinary steps to control, intimidate, punish and at times eliminate their political rivals as well as persons suspected of collaboration with Israel”. This 26-page report documents a pattern… Read more »

Demjanjuk loses Deportation Case in USA

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 A US appeals court has denied a stay of deportation to alleged Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk, who is wanted in Germany on war crimes charges. The ruling allows for the 89-year-old Ohio resident to be deported – although the appeals process is not  totally exhausted. A stay of deportation was granted earlier in April… Read more »

Allegations of Political Interference at the Cambodian Tribunal

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    “The nature of Cambodian Co-Prosecutor Chea Leang’s opposition to investigation of additional suspects beyond the five already charged has raised concern that she may not be free to act independently in determining appropriate targets for prosecution,” a tribunal monitor for the Open Society Justice Initiative writes in its most recent report. “Her objections seemingly… Read more »

Vacancies with Institute for War and Peace Reporting

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There are several vacancies, including International Human Rights and Media Advisor and Senior Editor, currently advertised on the Institute for War and Peace Reporting that might be of interest. http://www.iwpr.net/?p=-&apc_state=henh&s=o&o=top_vacancies.html

Freedom of Information Receives Boost in Europe

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    On April 17 2009 the Open Society Justice Initiative applauded a decision by the European Court of Human Rights expanding the right of watchdog groups to access government information. The decision, handed down on the 14 April 2009 recognized for the first time that Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights… Read more »

Human Rights Watch seek Senior Counsel for Washington DC Office

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Human Rights Watch are seeking applicants for a Senior Counsel  in their Washinton DC office with the Terrorism/Counterterrorism program. The Senior Counsel with HRW’s Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program will have principal responsibility for investigating and analyzing U.S. counterterrorism policies and practices, developing HRW’s response to them, and communicating HRW’s policy recommendations to officials in the… Read more »

Secret Red Cross report on torture revealed

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Medical personnel actively participated in abusive U.S. Central Intelligence Agency interrogation sessions of suspected al-Qaida militants in support of the interrogators and in violation of medical ethics, according to a report by the International Committee of the Red Cross. This is the first time details of medical professionals’ participation have emerged from the 2007 report… Read more »