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High Level Military Group Publishes Report on Gaza Violence

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Written by Joshua Kern (9BRi) and Natasha Hausdorff (Six Pump Court) The High Level Military Group today published a report, “Smoke & Mirrors: Six Weeks Of Violence On The Gaza Border”, on the recent violence along the border with Israel. The report provides an in-depth assessment of the evolution of what is argued to be… Read more »

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9 Bedford Row recognised by Justice Kirby IBA Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute for its work on the North Korea Political Prisons Inquiry

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Dear Michael, As you know I am now serving as Co-Chair of the IBA Human Rights Institute. In that capacity I have received and studied the outstanding report of the IBA War Crimes Committee. I wish to express thanks to Hogan Lovells Lawyers in London and to Counsel’s Chambers, 9 Bedford Row, whose members Steven… Read more »

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Selahattin Demirtas – The Trial Continues, 30th April 2018

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                  Written by Margaret Owen, International Trial Observer and Barrister Monday 30th April Myself and other international observers have returned to Istanbul to observe what is meant to be the final trial in the Silivri prison court of the former co-chair of the HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party)… Read more »

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The Continual Trials of Selahattin Demirtas

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Written by Margaret Owen, International Trial Observer and Barrister Sunday 15 April My last blog on 13th February reported that the case of Selahattin Demirtas, the former co-chair of Turky’s HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party), had been adjourned until 11th April. With his parliamentary immunity removed, Demirtas faces many separate indictments and trials under Turkey’s Anti… Read more »

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IBA Political Prisons Report Used in Recent US Congressional Resolution

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A recent US Congressional resolution relies extensively on passages from the IBA’s Political Prisons Inquiry report in which 9 Bedford Row’s Steven Kay QC and Kirsty Sutherland acted as counsel for the Inquiry. Pages 3-6 are devoted to a lengthy, verbatim recitation of Inquiry findings. Please see the following link for further details: https://connolly.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1291  … Read more »

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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 »