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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 »

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Rival Libyan Forces Show Resistance Towards UN Peace Deal

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Libya’s ​rival ​parliament and government​ ​each show​ed ​reluctance towards a deal​ ​proposed by the United Nations to install a unity government that aims to bring peace to the divided country. The General National Congress (GNC), which is based in Tripoli, refuses to discuss the proposed government until its demands are met for changes to the… Read more »

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South Africa to Withdraw From ICC

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On 11th​ October,​ it was announced by The African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party in South Africa, that the country is to begin the procedure of leaving the International Criminal Court as they believe it has ceased to fulfill its mandate. The ICC and South Africa ha​ve been embroiled in a recent dispute when… Read more »

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British Government Asserts Role of Foreign Judges in Sri Lanka’s Domestic Probe

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The British Government has asserted that in order to secure its validity, Sri Lanka’s domestic accountability process needs ​the involvement of ​foreign judges​. Hugo Swire, UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office noted the importance of the participation of Commonwealth and other foreign judges and defence lawyers in Sri Lanka’s judicial accountability… Read more »

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The Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia and the Cautious Optimism of the Prosecutor of the ICC

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On 23 September 2015, the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – Popular Army (‘FARC-EP’), issued a joint communique, in which they made public the core aspects of their agreement on justice matters (‘the New Agreement’), including, in particular, the establishment of a Special Jurisdiction for Peace. The next day, the… Read more »