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The Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) on Tuesday confirmed Ratko Mladić’s convictions and life imprisonment sentence by a Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Mladić, commander of the Main Staff of the Bosnian Serb Army from May 12, 1992, until at least November 8, [...]

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Three organizations initiated legal action Tuesday against the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) Agency, or Frontex, at the European Court of Justice for violations of EU and international law. Frontex is responsible for coordinating border control between EU member States and other countries in the Schengen Area. The three organizations—Progress Lawyers Network, Front-Lex and Greek Helsinki [...]

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The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina announced Friday that it had confirmed the indictment of eight former soldiers of the Army of Republika Srpska, or the Bosnian Serb Army, for crimes against humanity.  Ilija Krčmar, Boško Učanin, Svetislav Račić, Željko Bajić, Nikola Ćuk, Nikola Ćuk, Marinko Miljević, and Dragan Despot are alleged to have persecuted [...]

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A judge in Italy’s Catania in the Sicily region on Friday ordered that Italian Senator Matteo Salvini will not stand trial for refusing to allow migrants to disembark from a coastguard ship in July 2019. The right-wing leader had been accused of kidnapping the migrants. From June 2018 to September 2019, Salvini, the leader of far-right [...]

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Inquests into the deaths of 10 people in Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast during a British Army operation in August 1971 concluded on Tuesday that all of them were civilians who posed no threat to the soldiers, and that the use of force by the army was “clearly disproportionate.” Between August 9-11, 1971, during The Troubles, in [...]

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By a 2-1 majority, Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Thursday sentenced Dominic Ongwen to 25 years of imprisonment for 61 war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ongwen is a former brigade commander of the African rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Ongwen was abducted by the LRA as a 9-year-old on his way [...]

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The Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday dismissed a suit for compensation brought by South Korean women forced to work in “comfort stations”—brothels operated by the Japanese military before and during World War II—and families of the deceased victims. The 20 plaintiffs filed the suit in 2016 and sought about USD 2.7 million from the [...]

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France’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, on Thursday unanimously adopted a bill to protect minors from sexual crimes and incest. The bill primarily sets the age of sexual consent at 15 and outlaws incestual relations—understood in France as sexual abuse by relatives—with a minor as rape. The provision outlawing incest as rape will [...]

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Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal on Thursday ruled Thursday that the country’s human rights commissioner, or ombudsman, may not continue holding their position after the end of their term until a successor is elected. As a result of the ruling, Adam Bodnar, whose term ended in September, will be removed. He had been appointed with the backing [...]

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The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed by majority Trial Chamber I’s acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé of all four counts of crimes against humanity. Gbagbo, Ivory Coast’s former president, and former minister Blé Goudé, had faced the charges for their alleged role in post-election violence in the [...]

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