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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 »

KHRP Release Joint Statement Concerning Arrest of Mr Muharrem Erbey

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KHRP Joint Statement Concerning Arrest of Mr Muharrem Erbey, IHD Vice President KHRP together with the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, and The Law Society of England and Wales have issued the following co-signed statement expressing grave concern over the arrest and… Read more »

Remembering Sir Ian Brownlie

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The Times Online posted their obituary of Sir Ian Brownlie on 18 January. Sir Brownlie died in a tragic car accident in Egypt on 3 January. He made a phenomenal impact on the legal world as one of its most distinguished and renowned practitioners in the fields of international law and human rights. Just to mention a… Read more »

Dutch MP Geert Wilders Trial for Hate Crimes Commences Today

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The Trial of Dutch right-wing  MP Geert Wilders on hate crime charges begins today in Amsterdam in a  case that will test the limits of free speech in the Netherlands. Mr Wilders already faces five counts of religious insult and anti-Muslim incitement. The charges stem from his 2008 short film, Fitna, which offended many Muslims by… Read more »

Haiti Humanitarian Relief Effort

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International relief agencies have renewed their appeals for donations to help victims of the Haiti earthquake as first consignments of aid reach the devastated country. The Haitian Red Cross said it believed 45,000 to 50,000 people had died and 3 million more, one third of Haiti’s population, were hurt or left homeless by the 7.0… Read more »

Belgium takes Switzerland to International Court of Justice over the Sabena bankruptcy

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On 22 December 2009, the Kingdom of Belgium filed an Application Instituting Proceedings against the Swiss Confederation at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The dispute relates to the bankruptcy of the Belgian national airline Sabena in 2001 and  “has arisen out of the pursuit of parallel judicial proceedings in Belgium and Switzerland” in respect… Read more »

Accountability and Constitutional Rights Clash as US Court Dismisses Charges Against Blackwater Security Guards

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Guest Post by Alex Fielding. US Federal District Judge Ricardo Urbina has dismissed manslaughter and weapons charges against five Blackwater security guards over the killing of 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007.  A sixth security guard had pleaded guilty to manslaughter and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution of the other five. Blackwater contractors were hired… Read more »

Vote to Ban Building of new Minarets in Switzerland

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Last night a majority of Swiss voters (57%) voted to ban the building of minarets on new mosques. This has been described as a “surprise” result and the Swiss government has since issued a statement saying that although it respected the outcome it was “regretted”. The proposal had been put forward by the Swiss People’s… Read more »

Demjanjuk Trial to begin Today

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The war crimes trial of John Demjanjuk  is to begin today in Munich.  John Demjanjuk is accused of being a Nazi camp guard at Solibor camp during WWII, where he allegedly assisted in the functioning of the camp including the killing of  jews in gas chambers there. He was deported from the US to Germany… Read more »

Antonio Cassese and Benjamin Ferencz awarded the Erasmus Prize

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The Erasmus Prize is awarded to a person or institution which has made an exceptionally important contribution to culture in Europe.  The theme of the Erasmus Prize 2009 was “Prosecuting and Judging International War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity”. On 13 November, this prize was awarded to Italian jurist Antonio Cassese and American jurist Benjamin… Read more »

EU Sponored Report into Russia-Georgia Conflict Finds Violations of International Law on Both Sides

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The war in Georgia last year was started by a Georgian attack that was not justified by international law, an EU-sponsored report, released yesterday has concluded.  It found that Tbilisi triggered the conflict, but the attack followed months of provocation, and both sides violated international law, the report said. It also found that Georgia’s claim… Read more »

More on the Goldstone Report: “Justice in Gaza”

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Richard Goldstone has written an Op-ed. in the New York Times entitled “Justice in Gaza” , in which he explains why he accepted his UN mandate in Gaza and what action must now be taken by the international community. He concludes that: “Western governments in particular face a challenge because they have pushed for accountability… Read more »

ICC Prosecutor: Kenya Can Be an Example to the World

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Last week the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo met with representatives of Kenyan civil society organizations (ICPC, KHRC, ICJ-K, ICTJ-K as well as KNCHR) and afterwards released a press statement in which he stated that ““Kenya will show how to manage past violence and how to create a peaceful process for… Read more »

Goldstone Report Published – Evidence of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity committed during the Gaza conflict

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Yesterday, the UN Fact-Finding Mission led by Justice Richard Goldstone released its report on the Gaza conflict.  The mandate of the mission was “To investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that might have been committed at any time in the context of the military operations that were conducted in… Read more »