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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 »

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ICC Prosecution resources at the ICC

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The Prosecution at the ICC has recently submitted a Report which provides information about its structure and resources and allocations at each stage of a case (see especially p. 52 et seq). You can access the report by clicking the link below: http://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/asp_docs/ASP14/ICC-ASP-14-21-ENG-OTP-BasicSize-07Aug15-1103.pdf Image source: img.rt.com Text source: Xavier-Jean Keita

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UNHRC: News from Sri Lanka Following the Recent Elections

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Ceylon Today has reported that a copy of the report on war crimes alleged to have taken place in Sri Lanka, which has been prepared by the UNHRC is to be handed to President Sirisena today. For further information about potential developments concerning the successful defeat of the LTTE by the Government of Sri Lanka… Read more »

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Jurist Seeks Economic and Environmental Crimes to be Considered as Humanitarian Offences

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At an international conference next month, Spanish Jurist ​Balthazar Garzon is ​due ​to meet with activists, judges and academics from a variety of countries to promote the ​concept​ that economic and environmental crimes need to be considered as crimes against humanity. Examples of such offences include vulture funds undermining the debt restructuring of a country… Read more »

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Law of War Manual could Alter Rules of ‘War Journalism’

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Last week​,​ the USA unveiled a new Law of War manual which contains guidelines that could alter the rules that journalists have to comply with when reporting on stories concerning warfare. ​V​arious media groups ​have expressed concerns that under the​ new protocols​,​ reporters could be regarded as “unprivileged belligerents”​.​ If you would like to read… Read more »

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Kosovo’s ‘Special Court’ to Encounter Obstacles

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Earlier this month it was revealed that a special court is to be set up in Kosovo to investigate former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters for alleged war crimes alleged to have been committed throughout the 1990s. The issues of witness protection and securing the cooperation of national institutions in the process of the collection of… Read more »

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China Releases Confessions from Japanese Imperialists

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Thirty one handwritten confessions from Japanese war criminals have been published online in China via the State Archives Administration webpage. The reason behind the publication of the confessions is to expose war crimes committed during and prior to the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-45) which became a theatre of World War II. The poisoning, killing and… Read more »

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The Eighth Paper in the Series of Submissions by the ICLB to the OHCHR OISL: Combatting Terrorism and the Rescue of a People – the Media Evidence

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In the eighth paper submitted by the International Criminal Law Bureau (ICLB) to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) concerning its investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL), the ICLB produced extensive film evidence relevant to the scale of the terrorist activities of the LTTE in its 30-year campaign against the Sri Lankan… Read more »

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The Seventh Paper in the Series of Submissions by the ICLB to the OHCHR OISL: The Campaign in Eelam IV – The Eastern Province

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In the seventh paper submitted by the International Criminal Law Bureau (ICLB) to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) concerning its investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL), the ICLB examined key aspects of Sri Lanka’s military campaign in the Eastern Province during the armed conflict of Eelam IV. See the link below… Read more »

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Human Rights At Sea Press Release – August 10th 2015

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Human Rights At Sea issued a press release yesterday which focusses on the exposing of human rights abuses in the detention of asylum seekers arriving by sea on the island of Nauru. The press release can be downloaded by clicking the link below: Human Rights As Sea Press Release 10th August 2015 Human Rights at Sea… Read more »