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Syria’s Arch of Triumph Demolished by ISIS Militants

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According to both eyewitness accounts and Syria’s Directorate General for Antiquities and Museums, the Arch of Triumph, which stood in the city of Palmyra, has been destroyed by ISIS militants. The iconic 1,800-year-old monument was blown up on Sunday​ 4th​ October. UNESCO has described the act as a war crime. For a more in-depth account… Read more »

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ICC Launches Blog as Part of Outreach Unit

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A blog has been launched as part of the International Criminal Court’s Outreach Unit. The Unit is dedicated to performing activities that promote an ​understanding of​ the Court’s mandate in communities and countries where the ICC is working and that are affected by crimes under its jurisdiction. ​The blog details the efforts of the ICC… Read more »

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Spanish and Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministers Host Event to Debate Creation of Court to Fight Global Terrorism

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Last week,​ the Ministers of Foreign Affairs in both Spain and Romania (José Manuel García-Margallo and Bogdan Aurescu (pictured), respectively) held an event that discussed the setting up of an international court that aims to use instruments of law to combat global terrorism. The two Foreign Affairs Ministers outlined ​the benefits of such a court… Read more »

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9 Bedford Row Removes another INTERPOL Red Notice

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INTERPOL has removed a Red Notice issued against a client of Steven Kay QC and Eeva Heikkila of 9 Bedford Row, Mr Nikolay Koblyakov, one of the key figures of the Russian pro-democracy movement. Initially a successful businessman in Russia, Mr Koblyakov is known for his vocal opposition to the widespread corruption and lack of… Read more »

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UN Resolution Signals Turning Point Regarding Sri Lankan War Crimes

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According to Amnesty International, earlier today an important resolution was adopted at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. It follows the recent publication of a UN report that investigated the alleged human rights abuses committed by all sides throughout Sri Lanka’s civil war. For more information, click the link below: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/10/sri-lanka-un-war-crimes-resolution-marks-a-turning-point-for-victims/ Text source: amnesty.org… Read more »

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AU announces support for South Sudan war crimes court

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The African Union has announced that a special court will be set up to try atrocities committed in South Sudan. The conflict, which has been ongoing since 2013, has continued in the face of apparent optimism surrounding the peace talks held at the African Union’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa. A commission of inquiry, chaired by… Read more »

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USA To Expand Operations in Africa to Combat Extremist Groups

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                    An article has been published by the ​news and analysis website ​”​T​​​​he Conversation​”​ which outlines how the USA intends to combat the threat of Islamic ​e​xtremist organisations based in Africa. The article ​addresses the obstacles, progress to date and available resources. To read the full… Read more »

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Report on War Crimes and Human Rights Abuses in Yemen Released

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The Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations (YCMHRV) has issued a report that monitors and documents a number of successive crimes and human rights abuses committed by the Houthi militia and Saleh group. The incidents noted in the report took place throughout the period between September 21st 2014 – August 15th 2015. During this… Read more »

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Peace Agreement Reached Between Colombian Government and FARC

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A groundbreaking agreement has been reached between the Colombian government and FARC, the Marxist guerilla group. Peace negotiations have been taking place in Havana, Cuba since November 2012. What follows is ​a brief explanation of the agreement​.​ Special Jurisdiction for Peace: The accord creates a separate, presumably temporary body in Colombia’s justice system. It will… Read more »

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Invitation – Oxfam: Lawyers Against Poverty

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On 8th ​October​, ​a panel discussion will take place, focusing on the legal, policy and operational issues of forced migration and what lawyers can do to make a difference. Additionally there will be accounts from people working on the front line of the current migrant crisis, whether they have been aiding migrants in Sicily with… Read more »

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Armenian President Comments on Azerbaijan Ceasefire Violations

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At a meeting on 27th ​September​,​ Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan spoke about the recent ceasefire violations committed by Azerbaijan, Armenia’s neighboring nation. The President was attending a planning event to organize the commemoration ​of ​the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian holocaust. If you would like to read a detailed account of President Sargsyan’s comments, click… Read more »

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Alleged Islamic Extremist in Custody of ICC

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On Saturday morning the International Criminal Court took custody of Ahmad Al Mahdi Al Faqi,an alleged Islamic extremist charged with helping to destroy buildings of historical and religious value in Timbuktu. The ICC said in a statement that he was a part of Ansar Dine, a group with links to al-Qaida that ruled across northern… Read more »

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Ongwen to Face Additional Charges as ICC Expands Indictment

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On Thursday, the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court announced that the indictment against Dominic Ongwen, a Commander in Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), is to be expanded. The new, updated indictment will include up to 67 charges which cover attacks on three more camps and overarching charges of persecution, sexual… Read more »

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Sri Lanka’s Response to the OHCHR Report’s Recommendations to be Delivered on 25th September

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Prime Minister Rail Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena are both due to make statements on the ​OHCHR ​report​ on Sri Lanka ​this coming Friday​, 25th September. One of the central recommendations of the report is the establishment of a hybrid internationalised court, a commitment Sri Lanka has yet to make. The initial response from the… Read more »

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Margaret Owen on the 9 Days of Curfew in Cizire, S.E. Turkey

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By Margaret Owen Our UK delegation of two human rights barristers, myself (patron of Peace in Kurdistan), and Melanie Gingell, with health practitioner, Dr. Shatha Besarani were Invited by the Kurdish Women’s Council of Diyarbakir to visit Cizire, the mainly Kurdish town in Southeastern Turkey, and Sur, a poor district in Diyarbakir where there has… Read more »