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Wilders – Trial De Novo – New Judges After Bias Claim

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Guest Post by Geraldine Coughlan The collapse of the high-profile trial of the Dutch right-wing MP Geert Wilders, on charges of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims, has caused uproar in the Netherlands. A special panel of judges at the Amsterdam Court of Appeal decided to replace the trial judges after Mr. Wilders accused them… Read more »

Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina today

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General elections are taking place in BiH today. Bosnians are asked to vote for the leaders of the central government, the Republika Srpska as well as the Muslim-Croat Federation. Furthermore, they will elect the representatives of the central parliament as well as the two regional assemblies. The election campaigns were dominated by “nationalist issues rather… Read more »

ICJ Update – Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia): ICJ to hold public hearings in October 2010 concerning Costa Rica’s and Hondura’s applications for permission to intervene

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The ICJ will hold hearings from 11 to 22 October 2010 dealing with Costa Rica’s and Hondura’s applications for permission to intervene in the case regarding the Territorial and Maritime Dispute between Nicaragua and Colombia. In December 2001, Nicaragua initiated legal proceedings against Colombia “in respect of a dispute concerning ‘a group of related legal… Read more »

Uganda Wants Permanent Seat On UN Security Council For Africa

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Uganda wants a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for Africa to ensure the continent’s interests are protected, Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni was quoted as stating last week. “The Council needs greater credibility, legitimacy and representation. It is an injustice that the entire continent of Africa, with 53 member states and a population… Read more »

Amnesty International Report Outlines Concerns over Rwanda’s “genocide ideology” and “sectarianism” laws

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In a Report published on 31 August 2010 Amnesty International have outlined concerns over Rwanda’s laws on “genocide ideology” and “sectarianism”. These laws were introduced following the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Up to 800,000 Rwandans were killed during the 1994 genocide, most of them ethnic Tutsi, but also some Hutu who opposed this organized killing and the… Read more »

Miss Campbell’s No Rough Diamond!

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Miss Campbell’s No Rough Diamond! On 20 May, the Prosecution claimed that the anticipated testimony of Miss Naomi Campbell concerned a central issue in the trial of Charles Taylor, namely his “possession of rough diamonds”. Dressed impeccably and traditionally late, Miss Campbell appeared in The Hague today to testify as a Prosecution witness in the… Read more »

Bangladesh International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 – Update

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The ICLB posted the Bangladesh International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 on the blog and Facebook site 2 weeks ago. That statute applies rules of evidence and procedure which are not part of the regular Bangladesh criminal law.We now post the national rules of procedure and evidence which govern all other criminal trials in that state. These… Read more »

Bloody Sunday Report Published

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British Prime Minister David Cameron has apologised for what he said were the ‘unjustified and unjustifiable’ events of Bloody Sunday. He was speaking following the publication of Lord Saville’s inquiry into the killing of 14 civilians in Derry in 1972. In a statement, he said the 5,000-page report found that ‘on balance’ British troops fired the… Read more »

Mettraux Op-Ed on Garzon Indictment

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The ICLB’s Guénaël Mettraux has written an op-ed in the International Herald Tribune on the indictment of Judge Baltazar Garzon. It is available here, and reproduced below: International Justice -  For Others On May 14, the Spanish General Council of the Judiciary suspended Judge Baltasar Garzón from his functions following his indictment on charges of… Read more »

War Crimes, World War II and the Principle of Legality

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On 17 May 2010, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights rendered its Judgment in the matter of Kononov v Latvia. The Judgment contains a fascinating discussion of some of the challenges and difficulties involved in measuring war crimes prosecutions against the principle of legality.

UN inquiry into death of Benazir Bhutto publishes report

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On 15 April a UN commission issued its report into the assassination of Pakistan’s former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, saying that her death could have been prevented and blaming all levels of government for failing to provide adequate security. The report further concludes that the Pakistani police deliberately failed to investigate the murder properly as… Read more »

USA to Undergo UN Human Rights Council Review

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Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced that, for the first time, the United States will submit itself to a UN Human Rights Council review. “Human rights are universal, but their experience is local. This is why we are committed to holding everyone to the same standard, including ourselves,” Clinton said, referring to U.S. participation this… Read more »

International Women’s Day

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Today is International Women’s Day. The UN’s Theme for this year is ‘Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All‘.International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s and annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A directory of events to celebrate the day in… Read more »