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Omnia Strategy Press Release

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Omnia Strategy welcomes today’s decision of the English courts to throw out the extradition case against Rwanda’s Chief of Intelligence and Security Services, Lieutenant General Karenzi Karake. The General has been freed unconditionally after the Spanish authorities conceded that the General has committed no offence that could be prosecuted in England and Spain. This admission… Read more »

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Kenyatta Defence Publishes Report: ‘The Prosecution of Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court’

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By Steven Kay QC Download the full Kenyatta Defence report, ‘The Prosecution of Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court’: http://www.internationallawbureau.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/report.pdf On 19 January 2015, the ICC Prosecution published a public redacted version of its Pre-Trial Brief (‘PTB’) in its now-defunct case against Uhuru Kenyatta. As predicted by the Kenyatta Defence, and as a result… Read more »

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The Sixth Paper in the Series of Submissions Made by the ICLB to the OHCHR OISL: Post Conflict Measures and the Cost of Rebuilding Sri Lanka

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In the sixth 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 the extent of the post-conflict measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka and the cost of rebuilding the country to restore… Read more »

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The Fifth Paper in the Series of Submissions Made by the ICLB to the OHCHR OISL: The Conflict in Sri Lanka with the LTTE in Eelam IV

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In the fifth 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 the challenges the Government of Sri Lanka faced in counter terrorism activities against the LTTE and the Government’s decision to protect civilians… Read more »

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Kosovo Parliament Approves Special War Crimes Court

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Parliament in Kosovo amended its constitution on Monday to allow the creation of a special court to investigate alleged war crimes committed by ethnic Albanian fighters during the 1990s. The new tribunal will be part of Kosovo’s legal system but proceedings will be held abroad. To read more on this story, click the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33770897… Read more »

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Amnesty International’s Shailesh Rai argues India’s death penalty

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Shailesh Rai, the Senior Policy Advisor at Amnesty International India has responded to an article by R Jagannathan, the Editor-In-Chief of news website “Firstpost”, challenging India’s death penalty. Jagannathan’s original article was supportive of the country’s death sentence, particularly in the recent case of Yakub Memon, who was hung on July 30th. Both articles raise… Read more »

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Appeal for Italian marines to be heard next month

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                    The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will listen to an appeal attempting to put an end to criminal proceedings against two Italian marines who are charged with shooting and killing a pair of Indian fishermen in February 2012. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore… Read more »

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UN Secretary-General encourages international cooperation to beat human trafficking

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In his message uploaded to the official United Nations website yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged every country to join the struggle against human trafficking, saying: “I call on all countries to fight money laundering and sign and ratify the UN Conventions against corruption and transnational organized crime, including the latter’s human trafficking protocol.” Mr Ban emphasised… Read more »

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Report indicates evidence of war crimes committed by Israel

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The non-governmental organisation Amnesty International issued a report on Wednesday that indicates evidence of war crimes committed by Israel in August 2014. The war crimes are believed to be a reaction to the capturing of an Israeli soldier by political organisation and militant group Hamas. Researchers state that through scrutinising hundreds of photos, videos, satellite… Read more »

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Russia vetoes U.N. MH17 tribunal

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The draft resolution set up by the United Nations to form an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for causing the MH17 crash has been vetoed by Russia. The Ukraine, who has encouraged the resolution, has alleged Russian responsibility for the crash. 11 out of the 15 permanent members of the Security Council supported the… Read more »

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Libyan House of Representatives approves amnesty law

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                    The democratically-elected House of Representatives, the Libyan parliament, has approved a law of pardon following on from Law No. 35 of 2012, which had previously provided amnesty for some crimes. The vote, which took place on 28 July 2015, further pardons all Libyans convicted for… Read more »

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi sentenced to death

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The news broke today that a court in Tripoli has sentenced to death nine members of the former Gaddafi dictatorship, including Muammar Gaddafi’s son: Saif al-Islam. More than 30 close associates of Colonel Gaddafi have been tried for various charges in connection with events in 2011. Nevertheless, Human Rights Watch reports that the trial has… Read more »

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Human Rights at Sea) Spring-Summer Update

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Welcome to the second periodic newsletter from Human Rights at Sea for the Spring Summer period. As expected, much has occurred since the start of the year and below, are just a few of the highlights as a newly formed Foundation Charitable Incorporated Organisation promoting maritime human rights, globally. Charitable status: The most significant event… Read more »

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Negotiators propose court to end 19-month civil war in South Sudan

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Mediators in South Sudan have proposed setting up a court to try possible crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes committed in the state. This is the latest power-sharing effort that is hoped will end a 19-month civil war that started in December 2013. For more on this story, please follow the link provided: http://news.yahoo.com/south-sudan-mediators-propose-war-crimes-court-104229186.html … Read more »

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First Universal Jurisdiction Case Heard in Africa Under the African Union Agreement

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Last week, the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal began the trial of the former Chadian leader Hissene Habre on charges of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes. To read more on this story, click the following link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/21/world/africa/ex-leader-of-chad-goes-on-trial-for-crimes-against-humanity.html?_r=2 Image source: thenationonlineng.net Text source: New York Times, 20th July 2015