Posts Categorized: International News

Possible ICC Investigation into Gaza War Crimes Allegations


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


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


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.


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


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


A summary of the issues to date can be found here: The case is discussed in the article below, from the following source: 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


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


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


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


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 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


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’

By 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 »

Macedonia Takes Greece to the International Court of Justice


SKOPJE — Macedonia has filed a motion at the International Court of Justice accusing Greece of breaking a UN agreement when it blocked Skopje’s bid to join NATO in April. “We filed the application to the International Court of Justice. The reason is to protect our rights envisaged in the Interim Accord,” Macedonia’s Foreign Minister… Read more »