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Ongwen Accused of War Crimes Before The ICC

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Dominic Ongwen, an alleged commander in Joseph Kony’s militia, has been accused before the International Criminal Court of atrocities including torture, sexual slavery and forced cannibalism. He faces 70 charges involving war crimes and crimes against humanity. Last week, the Court was told by Prosecutor Benjamin Gumpert that witnesses will testify that Ongwen “instructed his… Read more »

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Katanga Produced Before Haute Court Militaire in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Germain Katanga (pictured, left) is produced today before the Haute Court Militaire, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to respond to charges alleging war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Eastern Congo in 2002-2005. David Hooper Q.C, who represented him at the International Criminal Court attended as an observer. Germain Katanga,… Read more »

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ICLB Co-Founder Launches 2016 Innocence Project Scholarships for the Bar of Ireland

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Defence attorney Colleen Rohan (pictured), a founding member of the International Criminal Law Bureau (ICLB), arrived in Dublin last week to launch The Bar Association of Ireland’s 2016 Innocence Project Scholarships and gave a speech entitled “The Burden of Proving Innocence” in support of the venture. Founded in 1992, the original Innocence Project located in… Read more »

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Kosovo War Crimes Court to Open in The Hague

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The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has today released a statement confirming that a tribunal will be set up in The Hague to try war crimes allegedly committed in Kosovo in 1999-2000, during and immediately after the Kosovo war. The court will be made up of international judges and funded by the EU, but will… Read more »

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IBA Conference – Legal Challenges of Modern Warfare

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The 2016 programme for the International Bar Association’s annual conference on international criminal law has been released. The theme for this year is “Legal Challenges of Modern Warfare”. The event takes place on January 30-31st at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Den Haag), the Netherlands.     The topics to be covered include: ·… Read more »

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ICTR Issues Final Judgement

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The Appeals Chamber of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has today issued its final judgment. The Appeals Chamber overturned various convictions and reduced the sentences of each of the six appellants. As a consequence, it ordered the immediate release of two appellants, Joseph Kanyabashi and Sylvain Nsabimana. Nyiramasuhuko et al, known as… Read more »

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Namibia to Leave the ICC

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On 23rd November, it was announced that the Cabinet of Namibia has approved a recommendation by the ruling SWAPO party for the country to leave the International Criminal Court. The date on which Namibia will officially withdraw from the Court is yet to be confirmed.     The SWAPO Party of Namibia has criticized the… Read more »

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Fatou Bensouda Defends the ICC

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The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court: Fatou Bensouda, has issued a statement supporting the work of the ICC which has come under fire in recent years for being biased and politicised. Click the link below to read the full statement: https://www.icc-cpi.int/en_menus/icc/press%20and%20media/press%20releases/Pages/otp-stat-24-11-2015.aspx Image source: thehaguetrials.co.ke Text source: ICC, 24th November 2015    

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Bangladesh Requests Amnesty to Withdraw Criticism of Decision to Execute Mujahid Chowdhury

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Bangladesh has requested that human rights organization Amnesty International withdraw its criticism of the country’s decision to execute Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, a senior politician from Jamaat-e-Islami and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party. In 2013 the pair were found guilty of committing crimes throughout Bangladesh’s war of independence (1971)… Read more »

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Last Surviving Nuremberg Prosecutor Interviewed by France24

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To mark the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Nuremburg trials, Ben Ferencz (pictured), the last surviving Nuremburg prosecutor, has spoken in an interview about his role in the historic event. He also talked about his later work in forming the International Criminal Court. Click the link below to read the full interview: http://www.france24.com/en/20151119-nuremburg-anniversary-ben-ferencz-interview-world-powers-holocaust-icc… Read more »

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Kantanga’s Prison Sentence Reduced by the ICC

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The 12-year prison term of Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga has been reduced by the International Criminal Court. A panel of three judges from the war crimes tribunal in The Hague chose to reduce Katanga’s sentence to eight years and four months citing his willingness to work with the court on its investigations. To read… Read more »

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ICC Postpones Opening of Gbagbo Trial

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The ICC has postpone​d​ the opening of former Ivory Coast ​P​resident Laurent Gbagbo’s trial until ​28th ​January 2016. Gbagbo, 70, is due to stand trial on charges of crimes against humanity after allegedly triggering political unrest when he refused to concede defeat to his rival Alassane Ouattara in the 2010 elections. The standoff that ensued… Read more »