Posts Categorized: International News


Indonesia’s Police Chief Admits that Alleged Terror Suspect Dies After Torture


General Badrodin Haiti, Indonesia’s chief of police, has publically admitted to a body of lawmakers that an alleged terrorism suspect died in custody after being kicked in the chest by members of a counter-terrorism unit which led to him suffering heart failure. “General Badrodin Haiti’s unprecedented admission is a major turnaround from the country’s persistent… Read more »


The Trial of Four Turkish Academics by Margaret Owen


Written by Margaret Owen Wednesday 20th April Tomorrow, I leave for Istanbul to join other international observers to report on the Trial of Turkish Academics. The trial, which opens this Friday, April 22nd will be a test of how independent the Turkish judiciary really is and will also expose the realities of Turkey’s adherence to… Read more »

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HRW Alleged Abuse of Detained Children by Israeli Security Forces


By Marina Mayer Human Rights Watch (HRW) is claiming that Israeli police are abusing Palestinian children detained in the West Bank. According to Sari Bashi, Israel and Palestine country director at HRW, “Palestinian children are treated in ways that would terrify and traumatize an adult”. HRW alleges the use of unnecessary and disproportionate force used… Read more »


Hadžić’s trial indefinitely halted due to illness


By Marina Mayer The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has ordered an indefinite halt to the trial of Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadžić as the majority of the judges in the Trial Chamber have ruled that he is “currently unfit to stand trial”. Hadžić’s trial commenced in 2012, but he was later… Read more »


IBA Event: ‘Trials in Absentia in International Criminal Justice’


The International Bar Association is hold an experts’ roundtable discussion on ‘Trials in Absentia in International Criminal Justice’. The event will take place on 8th June 2016 from 14:00-17:30 at the Hague Institute for Global Justice located at Sophialaan 10, The Hague. The Keynote presentation will be delivered by Judge Ivana Hrdlicková, the President of the… Read more »


Serbian Ex-General Suspected of War Crimes Detained


                  By Marina Mayer Milovan Bojovic (pictured), the former Serb general who is suspected of committing war crimes against ethnic Albanian civilians, was detained on 8thApril 2016. Mr. Bojovic was initially arrested for illegally crossing the border into Kosovo at the Merdare border point. Behxhet Shala (executive director… Read more »


UN Releases Statement About Political Developments in Libya


                In a recent statement, the United Nations’ envoy for Libya, Martin Kobler has encouraged the House of Representatives (HoR) to gather in Tobruk so they can vote on the Government of National Accord, namely the unity government. The envoy noted that: “a positive endorsement by the House… Read more »


The ICC’s Permanent Premises to be Opened Soon


By Marina Mayer His Majesty King Willem-Alexander will officially open the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court on 19 April 2016. An opening ceremony will take place on that day, hosted by the ICC President, Judge Silvia Fernández and President of the Assembly of States Parties, H.E. Mr Sidiki Kaba. Among the 350 expected guests… Read more »


Omar Al-Bashir to Step Down as Sudanese President in 2020


The President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, has announced that he will be stepping down as leader of the country in 2020, when his current mandate ends. Al-Bashir first took office in 1989. He told the BBC that the role was “exhausting” and his current term would be his last. The International Criminal Court has issued… Read more »


Former Georgian Minister of Defence and Aide to President Misha Saakashvili Discharged in UK Extradition Proceedings


By Michael Drury, BCL Burton Copeland Solicitors In his Judgment dated 21st March 2016 Senior District Judge Howard Riddle, the Chief Magistrate, in a comprehensive 31 page analysis discharged DAVIT KEZERASHVILI on both ‘extraneous consideration’ grounds under the Extradition Act 2003 as to political motivation behind prosecutions in Mr Kezerashvili’s home state of Georgia… Read more »


The Prosecutor v. William Samoei Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang – Judgement Released


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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 »