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Pre-Trial Judge at STL orders the release of four detainees

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Yesterday, at the first sitting of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) the Pre-Trial Judge Daniel Fransen issued an order releasing the four Generals, arrested in 2005, and detained in Lebanon in connection with the Hariri case. They are Jamil Sayyed, chief of the Intelligence Services, Mustafa Hamdan, chief of the Presidential Security, Ali Hajj,… Read more »

Vice-President Appointed at Lebanon Tribunal

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Lebanese judge Ralph Riachi has been appointed deputy president of the Special Tribunal for the Lebanon (STL).  The President of the Tribunal is Antonio Cassese, formerly a President of the ICTY. In other STL news, the Registrar, Robin Vincent has resigned. He will remain in his post until June while a new Registrar is recruited. http://www.stl-tsl.org/sid/64 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=2&article_id=101302

Freedom of Information Receives Boost in Europe

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    On April 17 2009 the Open Society Justice Initiative applauded a decision by the European Court of Human Rights expanding the right of watchdog groups to access government information. The decision, handed down on the 14 April 2009 recognized for the first time that Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights… Read more »

Judge Baltasar Garzón of Spain Initiates Investigation of Bush Administration Officials

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Judge Baltasar Garzón of Spain has ordered prosecutors to investigate whether former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and several other high-ranking Bush administration lawyers violated international law by presenting a legal justification for torturing inmates at the Guantánamo Bay detention center. John Yoo (former Deputy Assistant Attorney General), Douglas Feith (former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy)… Read more »

First Day of Trial Hearings at ECCC

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The first session of substantive hearings took place today at the ECCC, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. The trial of Kaing Guek Eav alias ‘Duch’, former Chief of the S-21 prison, is the first trial to get underway at the court. Four more accused are still in pre-trial proceedings. Today’s session began with the formal opening… Read more »

International Commission of Jurists Report Report Calls for Urgent Steps to Restore Human Rights in efforts to counter terrorism

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A panel of prominent judges and lawyers, established by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) issued its report: “Assessing Damage, Urging Action” (available HERE), calling for urgent steps to restore human rights in efforts to counter terrorism.    The report, based on sixteen hearings covering more than forty countries in all regions of the world,… Read more »

Possible ICC Investigation into Gaza War Crimes Allegations

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Over the past few days there have been media reports suggesting that the Chief Prosecutor at the ICC, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, is considering an investigation into alleged war crimes commited in the Gaza Strip during the recent conflict. Last month, he gave statements saying that the ICC had no jurisdiction to investigate, but the recent acceptance… Read more »

First Trial at the ICC – Lubanga Trial Opens

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Yesterday saw the first day of trial proceedings in the case against Thomas Lubanga Dylio at the ICC. This was also the opening of the first trial in the history of the court and also the first international criminal trial where victims are expected to fully participate in the proceedings. Thomas Lubanga , the first… Read more »

Latest Decision in Avena Case at ICJ

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This week the ICJ issued a Decision in the Avena Case: Request for Interpretation of the Judgment of 31 March 2004 in the Case concerning Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States of America) – Judgment of 19 January 2009. This case was brought by Mexico in response to the Medellin execution in… Read more »

Obama Issues Orders on Ensuring Lawful Interrogations and Calling for Review of the Detention of al-Marri.

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In addition to his Executive Order on Guantanamo, Barack Obama has also ordered a review of the detention of Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri. The order states, in part: “For more than 5 years, the Department of Defense has detained Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri as an enemy combatant in facilities within the United States. Al-Marri is the only… Read more »

Obama Orders Guantanamo Closure – Pt.2

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Below is the complete text of Barack Obama’s Executive Orders calling for the closure of the Guantanamo detention center within one year EXECUTIVE ORDER — REVIEW AND DISPOSITION OF INDIVIDUALS DETAINED AT THE GUANTÁNAMO BAY NAVAL BASE AND CLOSURE OF DETENTION FACILITIES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws… Read more »

Greece -Macedonia Hearing Scheduled at the ICJ

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A summary of the issues to date can be found here: http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/142/14881.pdf?PHPSESSID=cae00e9a9bf7c549e654127fdbd9d663 The case is discussed in the article below, from the following source: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/main/news/15643/ The first official meeting of Macedonian and Greek representatives at the World Court over Skopje’s suit against Athens is to be held on January 19, Macedonia’s Foreign Ministry says. The… Read more »

September 11 Families Denounce Guantanamo Trials

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REUTERS GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Two dozen people who lost loved ones in the September 11 attacks issued a statement on Wednesday denouncing the Guantanamo war crimes trials as illegitimate, shameful and politically motivated. Their criticism came in response to passionate praise for the Guantanamo tribunals from other victims’ relatives, whom… Read more »

OSCE to Discuss Georgia – Russia War

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OSCE to Discuss Georgia – Russia War Source: Reuters HELSINKI (Reuters) – Europe’s main security and human rights body will this week discuss problems lingering since the war it failed to prevent between Russia and Georgia and consider calls by Moscow for a new European security pact. Foreign ministers from the 56-nation Organization for Security… Read more »

Obama and Guantanamo

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There is an interesting article in today’s Irish Times on Obama’s election promise to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre. It begins: “IN SPITE of Barack Obama’s election promises to close Guantánamo Bay detention centre, repeated in his first substantial post-election interview, and to “charge or release” detainees, the US president-elect is surely now realising… Read more »

Live Seminar from the United Nations in New York

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Ending Impunity  and Maintaining Humanitarian Access: Dilemmas in Law and Practice Interactive Webcast 21 November 2008, 10:00 a.m. New York time (Free Advance Registration Required – at https://harvardsph.webex.com/mw0305l/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=harvardsph&service=6&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fharvardsph.webex.com%2Fec0600l%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26confViewID%3D283888361%26siteurl%3Dharvardsph%26%26%26 Ambassador Peter Maurer, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, will give a keynote address on the topic. This will be followed by presentations by expert… Read more »

Serbia under increasing EU pressure over Mladic manhunt

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Serbia under increasing EU pressure over Mladic manhunt From – Deutsche Welle – 17 November 2008 Serbia’s failure to capture suspected war criminal Ratko Mladic is damaging its chances of joining the European Union, a Serbian minister said Monday. Belgrade’s integration into Europe is intimately linked with its cooperation with The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal… Read more »

Top judge: US and UK acted as ‘vigilantes’ in Iraq invasion – Former senior law lord condemns ‘serious violation of international law’

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  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/18/iraq-us-foreign-policy One of Britain’s most authoritative judicial figures last night delivered a blistering attack on the invasion of Iraq, describing it as a serious violation of international law, and accusing Britain and the US of acting like a “world vigilante”. Lord Bingham, in his first major speech since retiring as the senior law lord,… Read more »