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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 »

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IBA Annual Conference 2016 – What To Expect

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The International Bar Association has announced the preliminary programme for the 2016 edition of its annual conference on international criminal law, with the theme being “Legal Challenges to Modern Warfare”. The conference is the second in as many years organized in by the IBA’s War Crimes Committee, which is chaired by UK barristers Jonathan Grimes… Read more »

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Findings of New Legal Analysis Apply Law of Genocide to Situation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

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The findings of a newly published legal analysis reveal there is evidence that the government of Myanmar could be responsible for genocide against Rohingya Muslims. The analysis, entitled: ‘Persecution of the Rohingya Muslims: Is Genocide Occurring in Myanmar’s Rakhine State?’ was prepared for human rights organization Fortify Rights by the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human… Read more »

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Ex-President of Romania Investigated for Crimes Against Humanity

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Last week,​​​​the ex-President of Romania, Ion Illiescu, was subject to a criminal investigation that focused on the storming of peaceful demonstrations in Bucharest. In June 1990, a month after the first post-Communist democratic elections, then P​resident Iliescu summoned 20,000 coal miners and tasked them with saving his ruling National Salvation Front from what he referred… Read more »

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Leader of Burkina Faso Coup to Stand Trial on Charges Including Crimes Against Humanity

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Colonel Sita Sangare, director of military justice for Burkina Faso, recently announced that General Gilbert Diendere (pictured) will stand trial in Burkina Faso in relation to crimes allegedly committed during a short-lived coup in September. Click below to learn more about this story: http://allafrica.com/stories/201510191240.html Image source: i.telegraph.co.uk Text source: allafrica.com, 16th October 2015  

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Bosnia Indicts More Than 500 People With War Crimes

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Bosnia has revealed that in the last ten years it has charged 509 persons with war crimes that were committed between 1992 – 1995. The alleged crimes range from genocide to crimes against humanity, with some cases involving acts of sexual abuse. Of those accused, 235 were indicted in the last two-and-a-half years. Bosnia’s state… Read more »

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EU Warns that Russian Intervention will Extend Syrian Civil War

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European Union foreign ministers have stated that Russia’s military action in Syria is of “deep concern and must cease immediately”. The EU has warned Russia that its attacks against Islamic State risk protracting the four-and-a-half-year civil war in the country​. ​There are also fears that Russia’s intervention will undermine the political process that hopes to… Read more »