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HDP Co-Chairs to Attend Legal Hearings in December

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In Turkey, two members of the HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) are currently involved in legal proceedings amid allegations of participation in terrorist activities. HDP Co-Chair, Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş (pictured) and Ms. Figen Yüksekdağ, also a party co-chair, were arrested on the 4th November 2016 alongside seven other MPs. Mr Demirtaş is accused of establishing or… Read more »

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Jens Dieckmann and Joe Holmes to Attend 2018 ICDL Meeting in Berlin

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The 12th Annual Meeting of the International Criminal Defence Lawyers Germany – ICDL eV – will take place in Berlin at the Hotel InterContinental on 27th January 2018. The meeting will last the whole day from: 09:00 – 20:30. The event will include speeches and contributions from many respected legal professionals, including 9 Bedford Row… Read more »

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Second Set of North Korean Prison Camps Revealed

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A recent Washington Post article has been published based on a report prepared by David Hawk and Amanda Mortwedt Oh detailing a second set of prison camps in North Korea, which exist alongside the political camps that were previously exposed by the United Nations. Both the report and the opinion piece reveal that these other… Read more »

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ICC Issues Press Release on the Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

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The Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has released a statement on her decision to request authorisation to open an investigation into crimes that have allegedly been committed in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. STATEMENT BEGINS: For decades, the people of Afghanistan have endured the scourge of armed conflict. Following a… Read more »

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Agnes Callamard Part of Panel at IBA 2017 Annual Conference

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Agnes Callamard The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings spoke at the IBA 2017 Annual Conference in Sydney at a Question time style session moderated by Steven Kay QC of 9 Bedford Row called Extrajudicial killing and state policy: case studies. The other speakers were Leonard Blazeby of ICRC and Alison Cole… Read more »

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2018 Global Freedom of Expression Prize Nominations Are Now Open

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Columbia Global Freedom of Expression is delighted to announce a call for nominations for the 2018 Global Freedom of Expression Prizes that celebrate judicial decisions and legal services around the world that strengthen freedom of expression by promoting international standards. We feel that at a time when freedom of expression is threatened globally, there is… Read more »

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The War Crimes Film Collection

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For the first time, some of the most important films about war crimes have been gathered together by award-wining film director Michael Christoffersen. “Milosevic on Trial”, “Saving Saddam” and “Genocide: The Judgement” are now available online from www.warcrimesfilms.com Warcrimesfilms.com’s unique collection has been used to date extensively by scholars, lawyers, journalists and experts around the… Read more »

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Press Release: Human Rights at Sea Publishes Third Annual Report

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Human Rights at Sea publishes its Annual Report for the year ending May 2016 today. The 40-page report comprehensively lays out the development and achievements of the UK-based charity’s third year of operation. Founded in April 2014 by CEO David Hammond, the charity raises awareness and accountability for human rights in the maritime environment. Hammond… Read more »

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The economic dimension of the Rohingya crisis, an additional underlying cause of the reported international law violations

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Written by Laureen Bokanda-Masson Following the attack of border-control posts carried out by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on 25 August 2017, the Burmese military has responded by conducting repression operations leading to a new major wave of migration in an attempt by the Rohingya to flee inter-community violence. Though the tensions are largely… Read more »

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Dan Plesch: Long-hidden World War II files offer another way to prosecute war crimes

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Dan Plesch, Director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London, has written an article for the news website “The Conversation”. Plesch’s article explains how documents from the Second World War reveal an alternative way to prosecute war crimes. To read the article, click below: https://theconversation.com/long-hidden-world-war-ii-files-offer-another-way-to-prosecute-war-crimes-83619   Image source: www.unwcc.org  … Read more »

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Further Support for African Union Mission in Somalia Urged by Senior UN Envoy

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By Mohammed Subhan Hussain Earlier this month, a senior United Nations official encouraged increased support for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), cautioning that insufficient funding could jeopardize the progress made to date. Haile Menkerios, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union (AU) stated that: “It would be tragic, not least… Read more »

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Professor Schabas to Teach Course on International Criminal Law at Geneva Academy

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Professor William A. Schabas is to teach an upcoming short course on international criminal law at the Geneva Academy in Switzerland. Titled International Criminal Law: General Principles and International Crimes, the course will focus on the history of international criminal law and how it relates to both the international legal order and national justice institutions…. Read more »