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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 »

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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 »