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Eight Suspects Indicted For Serbian War Crimes

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Last week​,​ an indictment was issued by the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor’s Office against eight ​individuals​ suspected of war crimes. They are all former members of the Training Center Jahorina​. The charges relate to allegations of murder of several hundred muslims in the Kravica hangar on ​14th ​July 1995. To read more on this story,… Read more »

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U.N. calls for special court to prosecute Sri Lanka war crimes

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Earlier today, the UN stated in their much anticipated report that Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels “most likely” committed war crimes including mass killings of civilians during their long conflict which should be prosecuted by a special court with international judges. The UN report also held that Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system… Read more »

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Klimkin Gives ICC Wider Authority Over Probe into War Crimes Against Maidan Activists

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Pavlo Klimkin, the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, has ​submitted a declaration to the ICC on the recognition of the ​jurisdiction of the Court by Ukraine. “Ukraine recognizes the jurisdiction [of the ICC] over crimes against humanity and war crimes committed since the beginning of the aggression by the Russian Federation,” he said. For further… Read more »

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Houthi-Saleh rebel militas commit war crimes in Yemen

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Earlier this week, the Bahrain News Agency reported ​the President of Yemen’s speech on the need to enforce UN Resolution 2216 in relation to war crimes allegedly committed by Houthi-Saleh rebel militias in Yemen. For more details on this story, click the link below: http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/685215 Image source: zeenews.india.com Text source: Bahrain News Agency – 7th September… Read more »

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The Trial of Former Chad Dictator Resumes

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Hissène Habré, the former Chadian dictator , who is accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture, resumed his trial earlier this week at a specially established court in Sengal. He denies all charges​.​ Habré is on trial for running a secret police force known as the Direction de la Documentation et de la… Read more »

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Foreign Minister Defends Malaysia’s Human Rights Record

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Malaysia’s Foreign Minister​ ​Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has spoken out against remarks made by Salil Shetty, the ​S​ecretary-​G​eneral of Amnesty International, who claimed that the human rights record in Malaysia is declining. Anifah has ​stated​​ that Shetty’s assertions are based on ​           i​nsubstantial, selective information and overlook​s​ current humanitarian work… Read more »

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Judge Antonetti Departs from Milan Lukic Case as he is not Impartial

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Veteran Hague Tribunal Judge Jean-Claude Antonetti has withdrawn from the case dealing with Milan Lukic’s bid to overturn his life sentence. Judge Antonetti explained his decision by stating that he is​ not impartial as he was involved in hearing ​Milan ​Lukic’s appeal against his sentence. Milan Lukic was found guilty in December 2012 of taking… Read more »

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“International criminal law – a personal note on its practice and current challenges”, by James Stewart

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On Wednesday, September 9th 2015, James Stewart, Deputy Prosecutor of the ICC is presenting a lecture entitled “International criminal law – a personal note on its practice and current challenges”​. ​The event takes place at 7pm and is hosted at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in Den Haag, the Netherlands. Registration is not necessary as seats… Read more »

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Pre-Trial Practice Manual Released by ICC Judges

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A Pre-Trial Practice Manual has been issued by Judges in the Pre-Trial Division at the ICC. The manual sets out the best practice to follow in pre-trial proceedings and results from debate between Judges of the Pre-Trial Division with a view to finding solutions to challenges faced in the first years of practice at the… Read more »

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Sierra Leone Diamond Trafficking Suspect Extradited to Belgium

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On 31st August, a Spanish court official revealed that Michel Desaedeleer, a US-Belgian businessman charged with enslavement and diamond trafficking throughout the Sierra Leone civil war (1991 – 2002) will be extradited to Belgium. Mr. Desaedeleer was arrested by police on 28th ​August ​under a European arrest warrant issued by the Belgian authorities. In 2000​,​… Read more »

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The Trial of Bosco Ntaganda begins at the ICC

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​On 2nd ​September, ​the trial began in the case of The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda before Trial Chamber VI at the ICC. Mr Ntaganda ​is charged with thirteen counts of war crimes and five crimes against humanity, ​allegedly committed in Ituri, DRC, between 2002-2003. To read more information on this story, click the link below:… Read more »

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Sirisena’s Government Appoints New Ministers Ahead of UN Report

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According to the Information Office​ ​in Sri Lanka​,​ ​this week ​President ​Sirisena’s government ​​appointed three ministers for Foreign Affairs, Justice and Rehabilitation, ​ahead of the publication of the UN report on human rights abuses committed during the country’s civil war​. ​ To read more click the link below: http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka_appoints_three_ministers_ahead_of_UN_report-3-2750-10.html Image source: http://english.ttnnews.com Text source: Economynext –… Read more »

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Human Rights at Sea uncovers abuse of Indian Seafarers

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“I pray to God that something like this should never happen to anybody. Because it may be nice to hear the tales of someone’s struggle, but in reality it is very difficult to bear.” Indian Seafarer. Falkland Islands. June 2015. In the lead up to the forthcoming London International Shipping Week and World Maritime Day… Read more »