Posts By: Alexander Kay


Appeals Court Denies Amnesty Request from Rios Montt


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 »


Myanmar President Accused of Human Rights Abuse against Rohingyas


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 »


White House Issues Statement Regarding Afghan Hospital Airstrike


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 »


Houthi Rebels Agree to UN Peace Plan


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 »


Sudanese Foreign Minister Rails Against ICC as Political Tool


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 »


Syria’s Arch of Triumph Demolished by ISIS Militants


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 »


ICC Launches Blog as Part of Outreach Unit


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 »


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


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 »


9 Bedford Row Removes another INTERPOL Red Notice


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 »


UN Resolution Signals Turning Point Regarding Sri Lankan War Crimes


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: Text source:… Read more »


AU announces support for South Sudan war crimes court


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 »


USA To Expand Operations in Africa to Combat Extremist Groups


                    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 »


Report on War Crimes and Human Rights Abuses in Yemen Released


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 »


Peace Agreement Reached Between Colombian Government and FARC


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 »


Invitation – Oxfam: Lawyers Against Poverty


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 »


Armenian President Comments on Azerbaijan Ceasefire Violations


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 »