Posts Categorized: International Courts and Tribunals


Azad Judgment Analysis


David Bergmann has published the second part of his analysis of the Abul Kalam Azad judgment. This part of the analysis focuses on various aspects of the judgement’s introductory sections. The analysis adresses whether factual statements were made without evidence and whether Azad’s guilt was pre-determined in the introductory section. Read here to read the full… Read more »


Experienced Bangladesh Journalist Responds to Foreign Minister’s Statement on First Conviction at ICT


Following the conviction of Abul Kalam Azad, the Foreign ministry called diplomats on 24 January 2013 to hear a statement from the foreign minister Dipu Moni where they were also shown video of footage of the aftermath of some 1971 atrocities. Click here to read the full statement as well as David Bergman’s response:… Read more »


UN Report Says Israeli Settlements Violate Geneva Convention IV


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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ICC Prosecutor Warns Malian Forces Over Abuses as International Assistance Grows


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 »

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“Bangladesh: Find Abducted Witness”, Human Rights Watch


A guest blog by Sarah Bafadhel Human Rights Watch have repeated calls for the Bangladesh authorities to “immediately explain what actions they have taken to locate Shukho Ranjan Bali, a witness who defense lawyers and witnesses say was abducted from the gates of the war crimes courthouse in Dhaka on November 5, 2012.” Human Rights… Read more »

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Defence Pre-Trial Briefs in Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al


A blog by Sarah Bafadhel  On 9 January 2013, all four Defence teams in Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al, filed their Pre-Trial Briefs. The Prosecution filed its Pre-Trial Brief on 15 November 2012.  In its first Pre-Trial Brief, the Defence on behalf of Assad Sabra submitted that: “None of the material allegations which relate to Mr. Sabra, as… Read more »


Rough Justice?


A guest blog by Paul Cunningham The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has successfully arraigned all 161 people it was charged with judging. Yet its independence is being called into question by three separate rulings it delivered at the end of 2012. The ICTY is suddenly in trouble over its interpretation of a… Read more »


ICT: Update on the Sayedee and Azam Case


On 27 December 2012 arguments for re-trials were heard in the case Chief Prosecutor vs. Professor Golam Azam and in the case Chief Prosecutor vs. Delwar Hossain Sayedee. The two defence lawyers requested re-trials because “of the skype and email conversations that took place between the former Chairman, Nizamul Hoque, and Ahmed Ziauddin, a Brussels based… Read more »


Hermitage Capital Press Release: Dmitry Kratov Acquitted


“Kratov Acquittal in Magnitsky’s Death Case is a Total Miscarriage of Justice” 28 December 2012 – Today Judge Tatiana Neverova of Tverskoi District Court of Moscow acquitted Dmitry Kratov, former deputy head of Butyrka in charge of medical care finding no evidence of negligence in his actions leading to the death of Sergei Magnitsky. Dmitry Kratov… Read more »


Sayedee Trial: Further Evidence of the Bangladesh Government Interfering with Due Process


This week Bangladeshi newspapers published the phone conversations and email correspondance which led to the resignation of judge Huq last week. The phone conversations and the emails purportedly show judge Huq “giving details of a case currently before the tribunal to – and soliciting advice from - a Bangladeshi human-rights lawyer based in Brussels.” According to… Read more »


ICC Confirmation of Charges Hearing Scheduled for Gbagbo


Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court has confirmed the date for the beginning of the confirmation of charges hearing in the case of The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo to be the 19 February 2013. The purpose of a confirmation of charges hearing is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe… Read more »


Defence Counsel Assigned for ECCC Case 003 Suspect


The Defence Support Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (“ECCC”) has assigned Mr Ang Udom and Mr Michael Karnavas to represent a Suspect named in Case 003. The identities of the Suspects in Case 003 remain confidential. Messrs Ang and Karnavas currently represent Mr Ieng Sary, an Accused in Case 002…. Read more »


ICC Prosecutor Briefs UN Security Council on Darfur


Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, has delivered a statement to the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Darfur pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1593(2005). Her Statement reads as follows: New York 13 December 2012 Mr President,   1. I am briefing you as the second Prosecutor of the International Criminal… Read more »

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ECtHR Rules Unanimously that CIA Implicated in Macedonia-Afghanistan Rendition of German National


The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has ruled unanimously in El Masri v. the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia that the Macedonian Government was responsible for the torture, ill-treatment and secret rendition of Khaled El-Masri. The Republic of Macedonia was found to have violated Articles 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading… Read more »

Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a central executive committee member of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is seen in a car as police arrest him in Dhaka

Sayedee Trial: Human Rights Watch Calling for a Retrial


Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling for a retrial in the Sayedee case because the frequent changes in the panel of judges “mean that a fair trial is no longer possible and a new trial should be held”. With the resignation of Justice Nizamul Huq on 11 December 2012, there is no longer any judge on the… Read more »


ICC Appeals Chamber Confirms Jurisdiction for Gbagbo


The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) has confirmed the Court’s jurisdiction over the post-2010 election period and events upon which the warrant of arrest and the charges laid against former President of Côte d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo are based. Mr Gbagbo is alleged to bear criminal responsibility as an indirect co-perpetrator for four counts… Read more »