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International Criminal Court summons Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta
September 20, 2014
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday summoned Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta to appear in the court on October 8. Kenyatta and the Kenyan government have been charged with holding onto documents requested by prosecutors working on Kenyatta's crimes against humanity trial. If Kenyatta doe....... [more]

Greece parliament ratifies bill criminalizing Armenian genocide denial
September 10, 2014
The Parliament of Greece on Tuesday ratified a bill that criminalizes the denial of the Armenian genocide. The revised bill is titled "Fight Against Xenophobia," and it was adopted by a vote of 54-42, with 3 parliament members abstaining from the vote. With Thursday's vote, Greece joined Switzerland....... [more]

ICC prosecutors adjourn trial of Kenyan president indefinitely
September 5, 2014
The Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday decided to adjourn the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta indefinitely. Kenyatta was charged in March 2011 with five counts of crimes against humanity as an indirect co-perpetrator of the violence following Kenya....... [more]

ICC asked to open war crimes investigation of Hamas leader
September 3, 2014
The Shurat HaDin of the Israel Law Center announced on Wednesday that they have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor to open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. The request claims Mashaal is criminally liable for the wa....... [more]

UN commission describes worsening situation in Syria
August 27, 2014
The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on Wednesday announced key findings from the latest report on the status of the warring parities in Syria, which has resulted in widespread crimes against humanity and potential violations of international law. Accord....... [more]

UN rights chief cites potential war crimes in Iraq
August 25, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay reported on Monday that Islamic State (IS) fighters killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other crimes in Iraq that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Pillay stated that IS has systematically targeted men, women and chi....... [more]

Rights groups declare ISIS murder of journalist a war crime
August 21, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) released separate statements Wednesday condemning the execution of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as a war crime. Foley was a fre....... [more]

Kurdistan: Time to Make Good on a 95-Year Old Promise
August 15, 2014
JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law makes the historical legal case for a change in US policy on Kurdistan ... Having existed through millennia of foreign dominance and occupation, hard by the Zargos mountains, Kurds have a saying older than our country. ....... [more]

HRW calls for international inquiry into mass killings by Egypt security forces
August 12, 2014
Egyptian security forces killed more than 1,150 demonstrators in July and August 2013, Human RIghts Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The year-long investigation documented instances where Egyptian police and military forces used deadly force on crowds of demonstrators opposed to the ousting of Presiden....... [more]

US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes against Humanity
August 8, 2014
JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law discusses the ongoing conflict in Gaza ... By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, members of the US Congress, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have aided and....... [more]

Court finds former Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity
August 7, 2014
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) found former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of crimes against humanity committed between 17 April 1975 and December 1977. They were sentenced to life imprisonment. As the first top-level leaders....... [more]




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