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Montt deemed mentally incompetent, judges deliberate fate of trial

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Ex-Dictator, José Efraín Rios Montt, 89, who was president of Guatemala from 1982-83, has been judged mentally unfit to attend his trial by government-backed experts. Mister Rios Montt has been charged with genocide and war crimes, and although he was convicted in 2013, the constitutional court withdrew his sentence and ordered another trial. Legal proceedings… Read more »

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Serbian war crimes suspect to face murder charges

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Al Jazeera reported today that the war crimes suspect nicknamed ‘Captain Dragan’ has arrived in Zagreb having been extradited from Australia to face allegations of torture and murder. It is of note that ‘Dragan’ fought extradition for nearly a decade. To read more on this story, click the following link: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/australia-extradites-serbian-war-crimes-suspect-150710002457406.html Image source: resources1.news.com.au Text source: Al… Read more »

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Israel will respond to ICC over war crimes allegations

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On Thursday, the daily Haaretz newspaper reported that the Israeli government will now respond to the ICC’s war crimes probe, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially refused to engage with the investigation. For more information, please see here: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-engage-with-icc-over-war-crimes-probe/ Image source: haguejusticeportal.net Text source: The Times of Israel, July 9th 2015

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ETA to face crimes against humanity probe for killings and kidnappings

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Basque separatist group ETA has had a crimes against humanity probe opened up against it. A judicial source has claimed that this is the first case of its kind. For more on this story, click the following link: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/spanish-court-opens-crimes-against-humanity-probe-against-101806825.html#RCfIFxF Text source: Yahoo News/AFP Image source: CNN, July 10th 2015

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The Slow Decline of Joseph Kony

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A recent article in The Huffington Post suggests that Jospeh Kony’s health is failing and his troops are defecting. For more information, see here: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7735006 Joseph Kony has been the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the ICC on 8 July 2005. The arrest warrant can be found here: Joseph Kony Arrest Warrant From The Huffington… Read more »

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ICLB Submissions to the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka – The LTTE and the Legal Response to Terrorism and Crimes Committed by the LTTE

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In September and October 2014, the International Criminal Law Bureau (ICLB) submitted a series of papers to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in relation to its investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL). The first in the series concerned the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and addressed the nature of the… Read more »

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Central African Republic Votes to Create New Hybrid Tribunal

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On April 22, 2015, the Central African Republic’s transitional parliament voted to adopt a law to create a Special Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity that have been committed in the Central African Republic since 2003. In order for the Special Criminal Court to now be established, its acting… Read more »

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IHRDA’s Case Law Analyser

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The IHRDA in The Gambia defends victims of human rights violations before domestic and regional judicial bodies. It also makes sure that the judicial decisions lead to positive change. IHRDA has recently set up the Case Law Analyser which is the first multilingual free-to-access collection of human rights decisions of African supra-national mechanisms of its kind. ARC’s Director,… Read more »

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Litigating Women’s Rights Globally Workshop

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The Litigating Women’s Rights Globally workshop which was held at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer yesterday led by Joss Saunders, proved to be an invaluable opportunity for lawyers and NGOs to examine some of the practical challenges for strategic litigation on women’s rights. The workshop heard about Oxfam’s Raising her Voice campaign and some of the challenges… Read more »

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ARC Supports Oxfam’s “Lawyers Against Poverty”

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Gillian Higgins at ARC has joined Oxfam’s Lawyers Against Poverty project which establishes a Justice Fund to support ground breaking legal projects that will give the poorest and most vulnerable people greater knowledge of their rights and access to justice to help them break free from poverty. Joss Saunders, Oxfam’s General Counsel and Company Secretary… Read more »

2 PhD vacancies at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

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The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden Law School & Campus Den Haag) has two funded PhD vacancies for the project ‘From Conflict Termination to Peacemaking: Role and Contours of a Contemporary ‘Jus Post Bellum’’ funded by the Innovational Research Incentive Scheme (Vidi) of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The project will… Read more »

Awareness Africa: Sudan’s Referendum

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The 9 January 2011 referendum in Southern Sudan is likely to result in the creation of a new sovereign state, the first in Africa since Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993.  Much work needs to be done however to ensure that any separation will be peaceful. Some of the central issues concerning the impact… Read more »

Awareness Africa: The African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights

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Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the issuance of the first judgement of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights (the ACHPR) on 15 December 2009.  See an interesting article by Roland Adjovi:  http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2009/12/questionable-precedent-first-ruling-by.php The Court was formally established by a charter adopted in 1998, which entered into force in 2004. The court came into… Read more »

Rwanda: More Trouble in Paradise?

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In August, The Economist published an article entitled “President Kagame Under Scrutiny”. It drew attention to the recent re-election of President Kagame and the context of “murder, censorship and meaningful opposition” in which it took place: http://www.economist.com/node/16750119 On Friday, The Independent featured a piece on Paul Rusebagina, the “Hero” of “Hotel Rwanda” who is credited… Read more »

Miss Campbell’s No Rough Diamond!

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Miss Campbell’s No Rough Diamond! On 20 May, the Prosecution claimed that the anticipated testimony of Miss Naomi Campbell concerned a central issue in the trial of Charles Taylor, namely his “possession of rough diamonds”. Dressed impeccably and traditionally late, Miss Campbell appeared in The Hague today to testify as a Prosecution witness in the… Read more »