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ICC Judges Confirm that South Africa’s Government was Legally Obligated to Arrest Omar Al-Bashir Under Rome Statute

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On Thursday, Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed that South Africa’s government failed to meet with the obligations of the Rome Statute by failing to detain Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during a visit he made to the country in 2015. Al-Bashir ifaces charges from the ICC in relation to crimes he is alleged… Read more »

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Opening statement in Stanišić and Simatović retrial

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Today the Prosecution will open the first full retrial in the history of international criminal law. In 2013, Jovića Stanišić and Franko Simatović were acquitted on all counts in the indictment in their trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia. In 2015, the Appeals Chamber reversed their acquittals having found errors of law which,… Read more »

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Middle Eastern States Cut Diplomatic Ties with Qatar

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                Written by Lennart Poulsen Recent political wrangling among Middle Eastern states has reached a full-blown diplomatic crisis with several states, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE severing ties with Qatar. According to a recent CNN report, Qatari nationals are now officially on notice to leave… Read more »

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UN Human Rights Office launches global guidelines for investigating unlawful killings – The Revised Minnesota Protocol

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Steven Kay QC of 9 Bedford Row is chairing a session at the IBA Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia titled “Extrajudicial Killings” on Monday 9 October 2017 for the IBA War Crimes Committee. This session will include expert evidence from the UN special Rapporteur, ICRC and International Prosecution counsel Alison Cole (ex-ICTY, ICTR and UN… Read more »

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ICC Called on to Investigate Anti-Gay Crackdown in Chechnya

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Steve Williams, of the social networking website care2.com, has written a piece on the reportedly inhumane treatment received by LGBT citizens in the Chechen Republic. He writes of how three French civil rights groups have filed an official complaint to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, calling on it to investigate reports of what… Read more »

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Complaint of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ filed at the ICC Against President Duterte

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A complaint has been submitted before the International Criminal Court against the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte (pictured), accusing him and 11 other national officials of crimes against humanity and mass murder. Lawyer Jude Sabio filed the complaint that states that President Deterte “repeatedly, unchangingly and continuously” committed extra-judicial executions or mass murders over… Read more »

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The Trial of Gultan Kisanak and Sebahat Tuncel

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By Margaret Owen OBE, door tenant of 9 Bedford Row, Patron of Peace in Kurdistan Saturday 22nd April I left Diyarbakir at dawn on Friday for a three hour drive to Malatya where the trial of Ms Gultan Kisanak and Ms Sebhenet Tuncel was taking place. As I wrote in my first piece, both women… Read more »

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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched in Support of Virunga National Park

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9BRi Support for Virunga National Park in DRC continues as Virunga Park Director Emmanuel de Merode is running the London Marathon 3 years after surviving an assassination attempt. 9BRi provided legal support to Virunga in its challenge to defeat oil exploitation and prevent the damage to the unique eco-system of this important World Heritage site…. Read more »

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South Africa Reverses its Withdrawal from ICC Statute

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It is being reported that South Africa has ceased all internal and external processes in relation to its withdrawal from the ICC Statute. Earlier this week, South African Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha revoked the ICC Repeal Bill. Furthermore, South Africa is said to have countermanded its official notification to the UN… Read more »