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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 »

TRIAL submits a General Allegation on Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

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On the 29th June 2009 TRIAL (Track Impunity Always – A Swiss association against impunity) submitted to the UNWGEID a General Allegation about the existing obstacles to the implementation of 1992 Declaration in BiH, requesting the Group to transmit the allegations to the government of BiH and to invite it to give its comments on… Read more »

Guest Post on The Future of Iran

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Guest Post by Gissou Azarnia As Iran nears the end of a second week of protests, which was preceded by uplifting marches for free democracy but then swiftly marred by bloody governmental crackdowns, the question of what the future holds becomes much more difficult to answer. By now, mostly through the power of Twitter, Facebook… Read more »

Chile’s U.N. Ambassador Heraldo Munoz to lead the U.N. investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto

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Thanks to Alexis Orenstein who prepared this post. Chile’s U.N. Ambassador Heraldo Munoz will lead the U.N. investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan.  Bhutto was killed in December 2007 after departing a rally for her political party – the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) – two weeks before the scheduled… Read more »

Kurdish Human Rights Project Welcomes ECtHR Judgment

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KHRP today welcomed a decision from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) regarding a case it lodged on behalf of Armenian national Maksim Gasparyan in August 2004. In April of that year, Mr Gasparyan was arrested and detained by police in the Shengavit District for ‘disturbing public order’. Refuting this, Mr Gasparyan alleged that… Read more »

Shell settle Nigerian Abuse Case

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Royal Dutch Shell has agreed a $15.5m out-of-court settlement in a case accusing it of complicity in human rights abuses in Nigeria, despite not accepting any liability over the allegations against it. It was brought by relatives of nine anti-oil campaigners, including author Ken Saro-Wiwa, who were hanged in 1995 by Nigeria’s then military rulers…. Read more »

20 Years since Tiananmen Square Massacre

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The June 3-4 Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, when the Chinese army killed untold numbers of unarmed civilians in Beijing and other cities on and around June 3-4, marked the end of the largest political protest in communist China’s history. In acknowledgment of the events 20 years ago this week several media organisations have been… Read more »

Uganda: Judge says Kony should be tried at the ICC

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Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and his rebels must be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC), a High Court judge has said. The New Vision reports that citing the trial of the perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the war in Sierra Leone, Elizabeth Nahamya said there were obstacles to trying him… Read more »

New Suspect to Appear before ICC, for Haskanita Attack

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ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I has issued a summons to appear for Bahr Idriss Abu Garda for war crimes allegedly committed against the African Union peacekeeping forces at the Haskanita military base (Darfur). The suspect is ordered to appear before the Court tomorrow, Monday 18 May 2009 at 3 p.m, Hague time. The decision of the… Read more »

Congressional Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Bush-Era Interrogations

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Last month, President Obama released four memoranda by Bush administration lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel outlining the authorized use of waterboarding, placing insects in confined areas along with detainees, “walling”, and sleep deprivation (link).  Since then, much more detailed information concerning these enhanced interrogation techniques have come to light in the Report of… Read more »