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Statement of the Defence for Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta in Respect of the Withdrawal of Charges

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The Defence welcomes the withdrawal of the charges against President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta. The charges in this case were confirmed on the basis of false evidence. The Prosecution was warned about the falsity of its evidence from the start, but these Defence warnings went unheeded. Insufficient investigations and over-reliance on untested NGO reports crippled this… Read more »

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Soco to begin search for oil in DRC’s Virunga National Park

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Despite widespread opposition, including from the UK government, British oil firm SOCO plans to begin tests next week to determine the probability of the existence of recoverable oil beneath Virunga National Park’s Lake Edward. Virunga, a 7,800 square kilometre (3,000 square mile) World Heritage Site in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is home to many endangered species of… Read more »

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Taliban Peace Talks Incite Afghan Anger

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By Luke Masefield As of 18 June 2013, United States officials and Taliban representatives have agreed to engage in a new round of formal peace talks, aiming effectively to terminate the Afghanistan War. The negotiations, expected to commence in the week of the 24 June in Doha, Qatar, have been agreed to just one day… Read more »

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Cambodia: A ‘Land Grabbing’ Epidemic

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By Ashley-Daisy Collins Land grabbing in Cambodia has proven to be a lasting epidemic. Cambodia’s status as a developing nation means land acts as a valuable commodity attractive to the eyes of foreign investors. As a report by Aprodev explains, land grabbing usually takes place in food insecure developing countries where the original users of the land… Read more »

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Possible Crimes against Humanity in Syria

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By Angus Spencer Successive reports confirm that there have been thousands of civilian casualties in the conflict in Syria. The violence  was classed as an internal armed conflict in July 2012, and as such is governed by international humanitarian law. A recent Human Rights Watch report vindicates previous allegations of war crimes by adducing evidence… Read more »

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Burma’s Treatment of the Rohingya Violates International Law

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Burma Campaign UK has today published a briefing paper which finds that Burma’s treatment of the Rohingya violates international law, and that the international community may be failing in its duty under the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect. The briefing paper considers Burma’s Citizenship Law of 1982 in light of Burma’s obligations under the… Read more »

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ICTY Appeals Chamber Acquits Momčilo Perišić

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The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, composed of Judges Theodor Meron, presiding, Carmel Agius, Liu Daqun, Arlette Ramaroson, and Andrésia Vaz, today reversed by majority, Judge Liu partially dissenting, Momčilo Perišić’s convictions for crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war. Mr Perišić was represented by Novak… Read more »

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Upcoming Event: “America’s Drone Campaign is Both Moral and Effective”

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Intelligence Squared will host a Versus debate in partnership with Google entitled “America’s Drone Campaign is Both Moral and Effective“. Are drones ultimately counterproductive, or are they a necessary measure to combat ‘jihadis’? Do drone strikes unacceptably cause the deaths of thousands of innocent bystanders, or does the method cause far fewer civilian deaths than… Read more »

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Statement by ECCC Defence Team in Case 004

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Mom Luch, Richard Rogers, and Göran Sluiter, the Co-Lawyers for a named suspect in Case 004 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, have released a statement detailing what they consider to be a threat to their client’s fair trial: It has become apparent over the past months that the United Nations (UN) Administration… Read more »

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Syria Complains to UN over Reported Israeli Attack

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Syria has formally complained to the UN over a reported Israeli attack within its borders. Syria says that Israeli planes targeted a military research centre north-west of Damascus on 30 January. Two people were reportedly killed, and five injured. Syria’s foreign ministry summoned the UN commander in the Golan to deliver its formal protest. Russia… Read more »

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BiH and Serbia Sign War Crimes Protocol

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By Emma Miles Today, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia signed a protocol to facilitate cooperation in war crimes cases. The Protocol on Cooperation in Prosecution of Perpetrators of War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and Genocide” was signed by Goran Salihovic, Head of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Vladimir Vukcevic, Head of the… Read more »

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UN Report Says Israeli Settlements Violate Geneva Convention IV

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The International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has today published its findings on the implications of Israeli settlements on the human rights of the Palestinian people. The Chair of the Mission, Christine Chanet, has stated that Israel is acting in contravention of Article 49 of Geneva Convention IV (which prohibits… Read more »

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International Journal of Transitional Justice Invites Submissions for Special Issue

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The International Journal of Transitional Justice invites submissions for its 2013 Special Issue, entitled ‘The role of international criminal justice in transitional justice’. This will be guest edited by Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law. The Special Issue will focus on the impacts of international criminal justice… Read more »

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UK Ministry of Defence to Reopen Investigations into Iraqi Deaths

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The UK Ministry of Defence is facing calls for a public inquiry into allegations of serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law following the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Hundreds of former detainees have complained of unlawful detention, torture, and murder. Michael Fordham QC has argued that these abuses were systemic, and perpetrated under order… Read more »

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UN Official Expresses Serious Concern over Use of Live Ammunition against Palestinian Civilians

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United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator James W. Rawley has expressed serious concern about increased civilian casualties in the West Bank resulting from the use of live ammunition by Israeli forces. Eight Palestinian civilians, including three minors, have been killed in the past two months. In his statement, Rawley urged maximum restraint and warned that the use… Read more »

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UN-Arab League Envoy Calls for Security Council Action on Syria

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The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian Crisis, Lakhdar Brahimi, yesterday called on the UN Security Council to take action to advance a solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. Following a closed-door meeting with the Security Council, Brahimi told reporters: “Syria is being destroyed bit… Read more »

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ICC Prosecutor Warns Malian Forces Over Abuses as International Assistance Grows

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The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has urged the Malian authorities to investigate recent allegations of abuses committed by Malian forces. In her statement, Bensouda reminded all parties to the on-going conflict in Mali that the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction over all serious crimes committed within the territory of Mali from… Read more »