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34% of Russian Airstrike Fatalities Revealed as Civilians

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On Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed that since September 30th, a total of 370 people have been killed in Syria by airstrikes from Russian forces. 34% ​have been civilians, with 36 children and 34 women among the fatalities. Russia’s military action has come under increasing scrutiny for hitting targets that are not connected… Read more »

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Bosnia Indicts More Than 500 People With War Crimes

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Bosnia has revealed that in the last ten years it has charged 509 persons with war crimes that were committed between 1992 – 1995. The alleged crimes range from genocide to crimes against humanity, with some cases involving acts of sexual abuse. Of those accused, 235 were indicted in the last two-and-a-half years. Bosnia’s state… Read more »

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Peacekeepers, UN Staff and Troops Face Abuse Charges in Central African Republic

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Allegations of sexual abuse have been made against UN staff, peacekeepers and French troops in the Central African Republic. Following these claims, a report entitled “Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing the Peace” has been published to mark the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325, which sought to put women at the centre of conflict… Read more »

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EU Warns that Russian Intervention will Extend Syrian Civil War

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European Union foreign ministers have stated that Russia’s military action in Syria is of “deep concern and must cease immediately”. The EU has warned Russia that its attacks against Islamic State risk protracting the four-and-a-half-year civil war in the country​. ​There are also fears that Russia’s intervention will undermine the political process that hopes to… Read more »

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Rival Libyan Forces Show Resistance Towards UN Peace Deal

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Libya’s ​rival ​parliament and government​ ​each show​ed ​reluctance towards a deal​ ​proposed by the United Nations to install a unity government that aims to bring peace to the divided country. The General National Congress (GNC), which is based in Tripoli, refuses to discuss the proposed government until its demands are met for changes to the… Read more »

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South Africa to Withdraw From ICC

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On 11th​ October,​ it was announced by The African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party in South Africa, that the country is to begin the procedure of leaving the International Criminal Court as they believe it has ceased to fulfill its mandate. The ICC and South Africa ha​ve been embroiled in a recent dispute when… Read more »

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British Government Asserts Role of Foreign Judges in Sri Lanka’s Domestic Probe

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The British Government has asserted that in order to secure its validity, Sri Lanka’s domestic accountability process needs ​the involvement of ​foreign judges​. Hugo Swire, UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office noted the importance of the participation of Commonwealth and other foreign judges and defence lawyers in Sri Lanka’s judicial accountability… Read more »

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The Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia and the Cautious Optimism of the Prosecutor of the ICC

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On 23 September 2015, the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – Popular Army (‘FARC-EP’), issued a joint communique, in which they made public the core aspects of their agreement on justice matters (‘the New Agreement’), including, in particular, the establishment of a Special Jurisdiction for Peace. The next day, the… Read more »

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Investigation into Russo-Georgia Conflict Planned by ICC

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On Thursday it was announced that the International Criminal Court plans to launch a probe into war crimes that were allegedly committed throughout the Russo-Georgia conflict. According to the ICC, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has concluded that there was a “reasonable basis to believe” that crimes had been committed during the short war that took place… Read more »

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Appeals Court Denies Amnesty Request from Rios Montt

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The Guatemalan Appeals Court has refused an amnesty request from Efrain Rios Montt, an 89-year-old ex-dictator, whose retrial for committing genocide throughout Guatemala’s civil war is set to start early next year. Rios Montt suffers from dementia, and his appeal if successful would have seen the criminal proceedings against him stayed. The Center for Legal… Read more »

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Myanmar President Accused of Human Rights Abuse against Rohingyas

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A lawsuit has been filed against the President of Myanmar: Thein Sein, by Muslim rights activists. The President has been accused of planning and instigating acts of human rights abuse towards the Rohingyas, a Muslim ethic minority group. Rohingya have claimed they are “subjected to genocide, torture, arbitrary detention, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” by… Read more »

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White House Issues Statement Regarding Afghan Hospital Airstrike

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CNN has released an article which includes extracts from the White House’​s​ statement with regards to the bombing of the hospital in Afghanistan which was recently hit in a U.S airstrike. At least 22 people are known to have died. Doctors Without Boarders​ ​have ​called​ the strike an “attack on the Geneva Conventions”. The United… Read more »

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Houthi Rebels Agree to UN Peace Plan

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Houthi rebels have pledged their commitment to UN resolutions intended to bring the civil war between themselves and Yemen’s government to an end. In a letter to Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, the Houthi representatives agree to the seven-point peace plan that was brokered by the United Nations throughout talks in Muscat, Oman. The seven principles… Read more »

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Sudanese Foreign Minister Rails Against ICC as Political Tool

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Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour has condemned the International Criminal Court, which he believes has turned into a political tool to target African leaders. In a recent speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Ghandour stated that “the relationship between the Security Council and the International Criminal Court … has shown again and again that the… Read more »