WAR CRIMES
JURIST legal news archive...




ICC prosecutor contemplating war crimes charges against Islamic State fighters: report
November 20, 2014
The Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, said in an interview published Thursday that the ICC is contemplating bringing war crimes charges against Islamic State (IS) jihadist fighters. Bensouda pointed to credible reports of numerous foreign fighters from co....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Bosnia not to release convicted war criminal
November 20, 2014
A group of independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday warned against the possible release of convicted war criminal Milorad Trbic following the reversal of his sentence by the Bosnian Constitutional Court. Trbic was convicted in 2009 of committing genocide in Srebrenica in 1995 during the Bos....... [more]

UN General Assembly: North Korea should be referred to ICC
November 19, 2014
The UN General Assembly on Tuesday urged the Security Council to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations against North Korea for crimes against humanity. The vote came after the release of a report in February by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Ko....... [more]

Bosnia police arrest 12 suspected of war crimes
November 17, 2014
Bosnian police on Monday arrested 12 men suspected of war crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian Civil War. The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina stated that these individuals allegedly violated Article 172 of the Criminal Code, committing crimes against humanity. They are charged with murd....... [more]

Bangladesh special tribunal convicts opposition leader of war crimes
November 13, 2014
The Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal on Thursday convicted opposition politician MA Zahid Hossain Khokon to death for his role in killings and other war crimes perpetrated during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. The Tribunal found the accused guilty of the offenses of "murder, torture, d....... [more]

Serb nationalist released from ICTY custody for health reasons
November 12, 2014
Vojislav Seselj returned home to Serbia on Wednesday, following his temporary release from prison. The Serbian far-right ultranationalist leader has been in custody at The Hague since 2003, after he was accused of war crimes and recruiting paramilitary forces during the 1990s Balkan conflicts. UN pr....... [more]

Harvard report concludes Myanmar officials committed war crimes and crimes against humanity
November 7, 2014
An investigation conducted by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School determined three Myanmar Army commanders committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Thandaung Township, Kayin State, between January 2005 and December 2006. The study explains that beginning in 2005, t....... [more]

Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death for war crimes
October 29, 2014
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Wednesday sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Motiur Rahman Nizami to death for crimes committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War with Pakistan. The former Cabinet minister was tried on charges that included genocide, rape, murder and torture, and was a....... [more]

UN rights expert urges ICC referral for North Korea
October 29, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea human rights Marzuki Darusman on Tuesday submitted a report urging that North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity. Darusman stated that "Korea, including victims, and to ensure accountability of those....... [more]

Recent Arrest May Encourage Judicial Reforms in Africa
October 18, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Assistant Professor at Arcadia University, discusses some of the possible implications of the recent arrest and accusations levied toward Martina Johnson ...Martina Johnson joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberation (NPFL) of Charles G. Taylor in 1990. Sh....... [more]

Khmer Rouge defense lawyers announce boycott of genocide trial
October 18, 2014
Defense lawyers for former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan announced Saturday their intent to boycott the second trial against their clients in the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) until the lawyers have had time to appeal the men's earlier....... [more]




WEBSITES

    Crimes of War Project

    History of the Laws of War

    UN ICTY

    UN ICTR

    Special Court for Sierra Leone