Posts Categorized: International News


Case Against Deputy President William Ruto Dismissed by ICC


The International Criminal Court has dismissed the case against William Ruto, the Deputy President of Kenya, Mr Ruto and his co-accused Mr Joshua arap Sag. Both had denied charges of crimes against humanity relating to the aftermath of Kenya’s election violence in 2007/8. It will be announced within 28 days as to whether or not… Read more »


Human Rights At Sea: CEO’s Summary and Newsletter


CEO’s Summary As I write this introduction to the Spring newsletter, I am delighted to report that the charity has celebrated its second anniversary since its launch on 3 April 2014, that it has delivered the first of its major publications on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and that s.54 of… Read more »


UN Security Council Welcomes the Arrival of Prime Minister and Presidency Council to Libya’s Capital


In Tripoli, the United Nations Security Council has welcomed the arrival of Prime Minister Fayez Serraj (pictured) to Libya’s capital city, as well as the other members of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya. The Security Council stated that: “this was an important step towards bringing stability to the country… Read more »


Vojislav Seselj Acquitted by ICTY


The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has, today, acquitted the former Serbian Deputy Prime Minister on all counts in his indictment. Although accompanied by a highly critical dissenting opinion, the majority of the Trial Chamber made some findings which were significant in the context of the Balkan conflict as… Read more »


Documents Exchanged at Syrian Negotiations in Geneva


According to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Steffan de Mistura, yesterday the country’s warring parties that are taking part in the proximity negotiations in Geneva shared documents with one another summarizing the basic position of each side. The UN Envoy revealed that the documents can be used to find if there is common… Read more »


Namibia to Leave ICC, Country’s Focus has Changed to Poverty Eradication


Namibia is to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Co-operation. Ndaitwah stated that engagement with ICC activities is no longer seen as overly important, saying that Namibia’s focus has shifted towards battling and erasing poverty. “We’ve set ourselves a… Read more »


United Nations Report Documents Human Rights Violations Committed by Soldiers in South Sudan


A United Nations report has documented human rights abuses allegedly committed against civilians in South Sudan by soldiers working for the government. Examples include burning people to death, suffocating them, looting and destroying villages and sexually exploiting girls and women. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, has recommended that if the… Read more »


The Rule of Law, The European Court of Human Rights and the UK: A New Court for a New Era


Wednesday 20 April 2016
14:00-18:00 followed by a drinks reception (lunch & registration from 13:00) Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP 3.5 CPD hours It may be argued that, in the light of the Interlaken-Izmir-Brighton-Brussels reform process, the European Court of Human Rights/Convention system has reshaped itself… Read more »


Thai Lawyers for Human Rights


To mark International Women’s Day, ICLB would like to note the achievements of lawyer Yaowalak Anuphan from Bangkok where in 2014 she established her own legal group, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. The group was formed to tackle alleged human rights abuses committed by the Thai junta. “We want to stand up for the rule… Read more »


Benin Vote Count Begins as 33 Candidates Fight for Presidency


Votes are being counted in Benin, where 33 candidates are fighting to become president. Thomas Boni Yayi is stepping down as leader in the West African nation of 10.6m people after two terms. The ruling party’s candidate is Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, who used to head France’s largest investment bank. Sunday’s election was delayed after… Read more »