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‘Bringing ISIS to Justice’, Article for ‘ IBA Global Insight’ with Comments from Jens Dieckmann

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Yola Verbruggen, a Multimedia Journalist for the International Bar Association (IBA) has written a piece that has been included in the February edition of the organisation’s journal: ‘IBA Global Insight’. Titled ‘Bringing ISIS to justice’, Verbruggen’s article explores the methods and advantages of a coordinated, legal effort against the terrorist group, as well as the… Read more »

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Article from December 2017 Marks 25 Years of the ICTY

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At the end of last year an article was published by Dutch Reformed Daily, marking 25 years since the launch of the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia). The piece attempts to answer whether the high expectations for the court when it was initially launched in 1993 have been met over two decades… Read more »

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9BRi and ICLB Members in ADC-ICT Elections

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Jens Dieckmann (Associate Member of 9 Bedford Row International) and Colleen Rohan (Member of 9 Bedford Row International and the International Criminal Law Bureau) both ran in the recent ADC-ICTY elections. Colleen Rohan has been elected as President of the ADC-ICT for 2017/2018 and has become a Member of the Executive Committee. Meanwhile Jens Dieckmann… Read more »

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Press Reaction to IBA Report and Inquiry on North Korean Political Prisons

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Listed below are the reactions of various news outlets regarding the findings of the IBA Report and Inquiry into the existence and operation of political prisons in North Korea. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/north-koreas-prisons-are-as-bad-as-nazi-camps-says-judge-who-survived-auschwitz/2017/12/11/7e79beea-ddc4-11e7-b2e9-8c636f076c76_story.html?utm_term=.bdba57d2feed http://time.com/5060144/north-korea-political-prisons/ https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/north-korean-prisons-nazi-camps_us_5a2fad6ce4b0461754330e3d http://www.newsweek.com/kim-jong-uns-brutal-regime-north-korea-worse-nazi-concentration-camps-human-745032 https://www.vox.com/world/2017/12/12/16766854/north-korea-prison-camp-report-nazi https://www.nbcnews.com/news/north-korea/north-korean-gulags-terrible-or-even-worse-nazi-camps-auschwitz-n828751 http://theweek.com/speedreads/742861/auschwitz-survivor-deems-north-korean-camps-worse-than-nazi-concentration-camps https://forward.com/fast-forward/389835/holocaust-survivor-north-koreas-prisons-camps-even-worse-than-auschwitz/   Image source: famouswonders.com    

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IBA News Release – North Korea: Inquiry finds Kim Jong-un should be investigated and prosecuted for crimes against humanity

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Warning: graphic information in this report may upset some readers A new report, authored by three internationally renowned judges – Navanethem ‘Navi’ Pillay, Thomas Buergenthal and Mark B Harmon – under the auspices of the International Bar Association (IBA) War Crimes Committee, calls on the international community to vest in the International Criminal Court (ICC) or… Read more »

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The Trial of HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas

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Blog post from International Trial Observer and Barrister Margaret Owen (pictured) 7th December 2017 Another icy grey morning in Ankara, and we international observers again pile into two coaches, and then into the crowded buses for the drive to Sincan Prison Complex. On the way we discuss what we predict will happen this day, when… Read more »

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The Trial of Figen Yüksekdağ

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Blog post from International Trial Observer and Barrister Margaret Owen (pictured) Wednesday, December 6 Ms Figen Yüksekdağ is charged, under the Anti Terror Law, with inciting violence, making propaganda for a terrorist organisation ( PKK)  and establishing and managing a terrorist organisation. These accusations were made on the basis of speeches she had made, as… Read more »

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Slobodan Praljak Commits Suicide During Hearing

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The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has confirmed that former Bosnian Croat general Slobodan Praljak has died after drinking a poison at a hearing upholding his conviction for crimes against humanity and war crimes. In the UN tribunal’s final case, the Appeals Chamber affirmed almost all of the Trial Chamber’s convictions of… Read more »

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Letter from Co-Chair of Turkey’s HDP on the Violent Treatment of Women

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Figen Yüksekdağ, co-chair of the pro Kurdish HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) in Turkey has written a letter about violence committed against women. She wrote it in order to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women which took place on Saturday 25th November. Ms Yüksekdağ, along with fellow co-chair Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş,… Read more »

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Ratko Mladic Sentenced to Life Imprisonment For Genocide in the Bosnian Conflict

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Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic, 74, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for committing genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian conflict. Mladic was commander of the Bosnian Serb Army Main Staff from around 1992-1996. He bears individual criminal responsibility for crimes against Bosnian Croat and Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) armies in… Read more »

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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 »