WAR CRIMES
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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]

Ex-Khmer Rouge genocide trial opens in Cambodia
October 17, 2014
The first trial judging charges of genocide against Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime opened on Friday with the prosecutor saying it will show that Cambodians were enslaved in inhumane conditions that led to the deaths of 1.7 million people from starvation, disease and execution. Khieu Samphan, th....... [more]

Argentina ex-dictator receives additional sentence
October 8, 2014
A Buenos Aires court on Tuesday handed down a 23-year prison sentence to Reynaldo Bignone, the last Argentinian military president of the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship, for the kidnapping and torture of 32 factory workers. The court held Bignone responsible for the forced disappearance of worker....... [more]

Kenya president calls for ICC case to be dropped
October 8, 2014
Lawyers for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday asked that the International Criminal Court (ICC) drop the case against the leader for crimes against humanity and acquit him, arguing that the prosecution does not have adequate evidence to prove its case. Kenyatta's appearance at the status....... [more]

Karadzic ICTY genocide trial ends
October 7, 2014
Judges for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday retired to consider their verdicts in the trial of Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic. Prosecutors delivered their closing arguments last month. Karadzic is charged with genocide, crimes against h....... [more]

Spain court upholds jurisdiction in 1989 El Salvador massacre case
October 7, 2014
The Criminal Chambers of the Spanish National Court decided unanimously Monday that Spain has jurisdiction to investigate the November 16, 1989, massacre of the Jesuits at the Central American University and their two employees as a crime against humanity after a reversal of legislation that had pre....... [more]

Karadzic denies link to Bosnian war atrocities
October 1, 2014
Former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic on Wednesday insisted upon his innocence during closing remarks at his genocide trial at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Karadzic, who is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of t....... [more]

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]




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