WAR CRIMES
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UN court for Rwanda upholds sentences of ex-political leaders
September 29, 2014
The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday affirmed the convictions of ex-interior minister Edouard Karemera and ex-National Party chairman Matthieu Ngirumpatse for their roles in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The former political party leaders were sentence....... [more]

ICC opens pre-trial for Ivorian accused of crimes against humanity
September 29, 2014
The confirmation of charges hearing against Charles Ble Goude opened Monday before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ble Goude, a youth leader loyal to Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo, is accused of crimes against humanity, including "murder, rape and oth....... [more]

ICTY prosecutors deliver closing arguments at Karadzic genocide trial
September 29, 2014
Prosecutors called former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic a liar on Monday during closing remarks at his genocide trial at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Karadzic is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws of....... [more]

ICC prosecutor opens second investigation into Central African Republic war crimes
September 25, 2014
The head of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, on Wednesday announced the office will open a second investigation into the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) with respect to crimes allegedly committed since 2012. The alleged crimes a....... [more]

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]




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