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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 »

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 »