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Amnesty: Europe should do more to manage migration crisis in Mediterranean
February 19, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) acknowledged some positive signs from the European Commission's announcement on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean on Thursday but encouraged the Commission to develop concrete solutions that protect and save lives. AI explained the European Commissioner for Migrati....... [more]

Amnesty condems EU response to migrant deaths at sea
February 11, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday criticized the EU's failure to prevent migrant casualties at sea. The statement comes amid reports that as many as 300 migrants may have died off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa Monday while attempting to flee adverse conditions in their home coun....... [more]

UN: Serious concerns about freedom of expression in Burundi
February 6, 2015
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday expressed concerns about the exercise of freedom of expression in Burundi following the arrest of Bob Rugurika, director of Radio Public Africaine (RPA). Rugurika was arrested on January 20 for refusing to disclose....... [more]

ICC opens probe into war crimes in Palestinian territories
January 16, 2015
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday opened a probe into potential war crimes in Palestinian territories. The probe is the first step toward opening an investigation of both Palestine and Israel relating to the Gaza war last summer, and will analyze informati....... [more]

Palestine and the ICC: what's next?
January 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Kattan of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty, discusses the reasons for and consequences of Palestine's accession to the ICC and considers possible scenarios for developments around the Palestine question...Israel's decision to delay transferring Palestin....... [more]

Palestine to become member of ICC in April
January 7, 2015
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted documents submitted by Palestine on Tuesday which will allow Palestine to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in April. As a member of the ICC, Palestine will be able to bring allegations of war crimes against Israel. The Rome Statute o....... [more]

Palestine presents documents of accession to UN
January 2, 2015
Palestinian government officials on Friday presented documents for accession to 16 international conventions and treaties to the UN. The documents include an adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which was signed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last week. P....... [more]

Palestinian President signs papers to join ICC
January 1, 2015
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday signed the Rome Statute to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) at a meeting in Ramallah. The Rome Statute is the founding treaty of the ICC. It lists the "crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the ICC, the court's rules of procedure and th....... [more]

Italy court reduces sentences of former Berlusconi aides
November 13, 2014
An Italian appeals court in Milan on Thursday reduced the sentences for three former aides to Silvio Berlusconi for their roles in procuring prostitutes for the former prime minister while he was in office. The convictions against former TV executive Emilio Fede and talent agent Dario Mora were modi....... [more]

Italy court overturns manslaughter convictions of six scientists
November 11, 2014
An appeals court in Italy on Monday overturned a 2012 conviction of manslaughter against six scientists and a government official for being negligent in their evaluation of the dangers posed by a 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people in the town of L'Aquila. Judge Fabrizia Ida Francabande....... [more]

ICC prosecutor: no charges in Israeli flotilla raid
November 6, 2014
The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, said Thursday there is no reasonable basis to continue the investigation of a 2010 raid by the Israeli Defense Forces on flotilla vessels headed for Gaza. While the prosecutor said that there was a "reasonable basis to belie....... [more]




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