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Zimbabwe under renewed pressure to give up Rwanda genocide suspect

Protais Mpiranya is top of a list of remaining fugitives indicted by an international tribunalUnited Nations investigators tracking one of the most notorious killers in the Rwandan genocide believe he is hiding in Zimbabwe and are launching a new effort to convince authorities in Harare to allow the 60-year-old fugitive to face trial.Protais Mpiranya, the former commander of the presidential guard of the Rwandan army, has been on the run for 27 years charged with war crimes, genocide and crimes ...
Tags: Law, Africa, World news, United Nations, International criminal justice, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Harare, Protais Mpiranya


UAE general unsuitable for role of Interpol chief, says UK report

Election of Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi would serve to validate UAE’s record on human rights, ex-prosecutor saysAn Emirati general linked to human rights abuses is unsuited to head Interpol and his possible appointment may be seen as a “reward” for donations to the agency, according to a report by the UK’s former director of public prosecutions.The process of electing a president of Interpol, which is due to happen later this year, is “shrouded in secrecy and opaque”, Sir David Calvert-Smith wrote. Con...
Tags: UK, Law, World news, Middle East and North Africa, International criminal justice, United Arab Emirates, Uae, Interpol, Ahmed Naser Al Raisi, David Calvert Smith


Why Israel fears the ICC war crimes investigation

Analysis: officials recognise there is a real risk of prosecution over the deadly 2014 conflictThe date of 13 June 2014 listed by the international criminal court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, as the starting point for its investigation into potential war crimes committed by Israelis and Palestinians is a significant one.The day before, as that year’s World Cup opened, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered by a Hamas cell on the West Bank while hitchhiking in the occupied Pal...
Tags: Law, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, West Bank, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Hamas, Icc, Fatou Bensouda


Israeli officials start to feel the impact of ICC investigation

While the probe and any trials that might follow could take years, hundreds are being warned not to travelThe date of 13 June 2014 listed by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda as the starting point for its investigation into potential war crimes committed by Israelis and Palestinians is a significant one.The day before, as that year’s World Cup opened, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered by a Hamas cell on the West Bank while hitchhiking in the occ...
Tags: Law, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, West Bank, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Hamas, Icc, Fatou Bensouda


ICC opens investigation into war crimes in Palestinian territories

Inquiry expected to investigate alleged crimes committed by both Israelis and PalestiniansThe International Criminal Court has launched an investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian territories, including the period covered by the 2014 Gaza war, potentially placing hundreds of Israelis – including soldiers and senior political figures – at risk of prosecution.The long-awaited probe, which has been fiercely resisted by Israel, comes after years of deliberations over whether the ICC ...
Tags: Law, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Arab and Middle East unrest, Icc, PalestiniansThe International Criminal Court


ICC to open formal investigation into war crimes in Palestine

Decision to open inquiry into both sides in conflict is result of nearly five years of work, says prosecutorThe prosecutor of the international criminal court has announced that her office will open a formal investigation into war crimes in Palestine that will examine both sides in the conflict.The court ruled on 5 February that it had jurisdiction in the case, a move that prompted swift rejection from the US and Israel. The Palestinian Authority welcomed the decision. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, Israel, US, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Palestine, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Arab and Middle East unrest, Icc, Palestinian Authority


From Syria to China, dictators are still getting away with murder | Jonathan Freedland

Faced with evidence of crimes against humanity, we can’t rely on the glacial pace of international law to provide justice It’s a scene that’s been played out both in high drama and a blockbuster thriller, in Death and the Maiden and in Marathon Man – a victim chancing many years later upon their tormentor – but in Berlin in 2014 it happened for real. Anwar al-Bunni was in a grocery shop when he ran into a fellow Syrian émigré whose face was familiar. It took him a while to realise that the man w...
Tags: Law, China, Berlin, World news, Syria, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, International criminal justice, International criminal court, International court of justice, Torture, Assad, Bashar Al Assad, Koblenz, Jonathan Freedland, Bunni


The Guardian view on the crimes of Assad’s regime: slow, uncertain justice | Editorial

The conviction of an intelligence official in Germany marks the end of impunity – but will more senior figures be held accountable?Ten years on from the uprising against his brutal regime, Bashar al-Assad still reigns supreme, with his cronies around him, committing the same crimes. Hundreds of thousands have died. The cash extorted from the families of detainees is likely to be cushioning the impact of sanctions for the elite, a report recently suggested. The contrast between the enormity of th...
Tags: Law, Germany, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Bashar Al Assad, Assad, Damascus, Koblenz Germany


British barrister Karim Khan elected ICC's new chief prosecutor

Khan, 50, won on second round of voting by 131 member states and replaces Fatou Bensouda, who was hit with US sanctionsA British QC has been elected as the new chief prosecutor for the international criminal court in an election by the court’s 131 member states at the UN in New York. Karim Khan will replace Fatou Bensouda from the Gambia, and as he starts his nine-year term he faces a daunting task trying to secure more convictions and spread acceptance of the court’s jurisdiction across the glo...
Tags: Law, US, UK News, World news, US news, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Un, Khan, Gambia, Icc, Karim Khan, Fatou Bensouda, New York Karim Khan


Ugandan ex-child soldier guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Landmark ICC judgment met with mixed reactions by former victims of the Lord’s Resistance ArmyA former militia leader and child soldier from Uganda has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in a landmark judgment.Dominic Ongwen was convicted on Thursday of 61 individual charges of murder, rape, sexual slavery, abduction and torture committed as a commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a violent cult which waged a bloody campaign o...
Tags: Law, Africa, World news, Uganda, International criminal justice, International criminal court, War Crimes, Joseph Kony, Dominic Ongwen, Resistance Army LRA


Jeff Katz obituary

Corporate investigator who rejected dubious tactics and agents to shine a light on foul playJeff Katz, who has died aged 74 from a heart attack, played a key role in changes to the corporate investigation business, first at Kroll Associates, then at Bishop International.Long before the Leveson inquiry, and as far back as the early 1970s, there have been prosecutions in the UK for phone hacking and blagging of information involving small-time private investigators, some of them working on behalf ...
Tags: Business, UK, Crime, Law, US, UK criminal justice, International criminal justice, Serious Fraud Office, US crime, Organised Crime, Katz, Leveson, Kroll Associates, Jeff Katz, Bishop International Long


Trump's Blackwater pardons an affront to justice, say UN experts

Rights experts say pardon of four contractors over Iraq killings undermine humanitarian lawDonald Trump’s pardon of four American men convicted of killing Iraqi civilians while working as contractors in 2007 violated US obligations under international law, United Nations human rights experts have said.Nicholas Slatten was convicted of first-degree murder and Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard were convicted of voluntary and attempted manslaughter over an incident in which US contractors ...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Iraq, US, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, United Nations, International criminal justice, Un, Baghdad, Trump, Blackwater, Nicholas Slatten, Trump Administration


ICC asks for more evidence on Uighur genocide claims

Court expected to rule there is still insufficient evidence against China, but file to be kept openThe International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked for more evidence before it will be willing to open an investigation into claims of genocide against Uighur people by China, but has said it will keep the file open for such further evidence to be submitted.With Beijing not a signatory to the ICC, those bringing the claim of genocide have pointed to the alleged forcing of Uighur people from Tajikista...
Tags: Law, China, Religion, World news, Rome, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Islam, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Cambodia, Xinjiang, Tajikistan, Icc, International Criminal Court ICC


ICC abandons inquiry into alleged British war crimes in Iraq

Prosecutor says, however, there is ‘reasonable basis to believe’ atrocities may have been committedThe international criminal court has formally abandoned its long-running inquiry into claims that British troops committed war crimes in Iraq between 2003 and 2008.The ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said there was a “reasonable basis to believe” that atrocities such as wilful killing, torture, inhuman/cruel treatment and rape may have been committed by the British armed forces. But she concluded t...
Tags: UK, Law, Iraq, UK News, World news, Military, Ministry Of Defence, International criminal justice, International criminal court, British Army, Icc, Fatou Bensouda


International lawyers draft plan to criminalise ecosystem destruction

Plan to draw up legal definition of ‘ecocide’ attracts support from European countries and small island nationsInternational lawyers are drafting plans for a legally-enforceable crime of ecocide – criminalising destruction of the world’s ecosystems – that is already attracting support from European countries and island nations at risk from rising sea levels.The panel coordinating the initiative is chaired by Prof Philippe Sands QC, of University College London, and Florence Mumba, a former judge...
Tags: Law, Environment, Conservation, Deforestation, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Florence Mumba


'The slate will never be clean': lessons from the Nuremberg trials 75 years on

Three Holocaust survivors reflect on a milestone in international justice and their struggle to come to terms with the pastAt 10am, the men were led into the courtroom and ushered into a specially adapted dock, flanked by American military police.It took the whole day to read out the 24,000-word indictment, which included conspiracy to wage war, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Law, Germany, World news, Holocaust, Second world war, International criminal justice, Nuremberg, Humanity, Nazism


ICC Uighur genocide complaint backed by parliamentarians around world

‘Chance should not be squandered’ to bring Chinese government to justice, letter statesThe chief prosecutor of the international criminal court has been urged by an international alliance of parliamentarians to accept a complaint alleging genocide by China against its Uighur Muslim minority.The complaint, backed by more than 60 parliamentarians from 16 countries, says the Chinese government may be committing crimes amounting to genocide and other crimes against humanity against the Uighur and ot...
Tags: Law, China, Religion, World news, Asia Pacific, Islam, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Xinjiang, Uighurs, Uighur Muslim, ICC Uighur


'Finding them is not rocket science': the hunt for the Rwandan genocide fugitives

Arrest of Félicien Kabuga in Paris has energised search for others accused of playing role in 1994 genocideNo one paid much attention to the stooped old man who lived in the third-floor apartment of the comfortable but unexceptional block in Asnières-sur-Seine, a suburb on the outskirts of Paris. He shuffled off for his daily walks, and muttered inaudibly to those who greeted him.Then one morning in late May, 84-year-old Félicien Kabuga’s neighbours woke up to the startling news that they had be...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, France, Africa, World news, Paris, United Nations, International criminal justice, Rwanda, Félicien Kabuga, Asnières Sur Seine


Qatar scandal: do the women subjected to medical examination at Doha airport have any legal options?

Experts say authorities may agree to provide compensation to avoid criticism of human rights record Qatar expresses ‘regret’ after women from 10 flights taken for medical examinations at Doha airportAustralian women who were subjected to a compulsory intimate medical examination at Doha airport may have limited options for redress unless the government of Qatar agrees to provide compensation to avoid protracted public criticism of its human rights record, an international law expert has said.The...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Qatar, Australia news, Middle East and North Africa, Airline Industry, Sydney, International criminal justice, Doha, Qatar Airways, Hamad, Law (Australia


Human rights lawyers sue Trump administration for 'silencing' them

Exclusive: group claims executive order targeting the international criminal court has led them to halt work on war crimes casesProminent US human rights lawyers are suing the Trump administration over an executive order they say has gagged them and halted their work pursuing justice on behalf of war crimes victims around the world.As a result of the order in June threatening “serious consequences” for anyone giving support to the work of the international criminal court (ICC) in The Hague, the ...
Tags: Law, US, World news, US news, US politics, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Icc, The Hague, Trump, Trump Administration


Hague court begins long-delayed hearings on Kosovan war crimes

Two former members of KLA appear before judge nine years after prosecutor first appointedA special court in The Hague has begun hearings on war crimes committed by Kosovo’s former separatist fighters, more than two decades after its war for independence from Serbia and nine years after a prosecutor was first appointed to investigate reports of atrocities.Over the past week the Kosovo specialist chambers have ordered the arrest of three former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), who were...
Tags: Europe, Law, Eu, World news, Netherlands, Serbia, International criminal justice, War Crimes, Kosovo, The Hague, KLA, Kosovo Liberation Army KLA


I prosecuted Srebrenica war criminals, but I know others are still walking free | Serge Brammertz

Until we bring all the genocide’s perpetrators to justice, we are again failing the boys and men massacred in Bosnia in July 1995Serge Brammertz was the chief prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 2008 until its closure in 2017This Saturday, like every 11 July on the anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the remains of newly identified victims will be buried alongside the thousands already interred at the cemetery and memorial site in the Bosnian t...
Tags: Europe, Law, World news, United Nations, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, International criminal justice, War Crimes, Un, Srebrenica Massacre, Bosnia, Yugoslavia, Srebrenica, Serge Brammertz, Brammertz, UN International Criminal Tribunal


Senior ICC judges authorise Afghanistan war crimes inquiry

Decision overturns earlier rejection of request to examine actions of US soldiersSenior judges at the international criminal court have authorised an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, overturning an earlier rejection of the inquiry.The ruling by the ICC’s appeals chamber is likely to infuriate the Trump administration, which has condemned the request from the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, to examine the actions of US soldiers in Afghani...
Tags: Law, US, World news, US news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, US military, International criminal justice, International criminal court, War Crimes, Icc, Trump, Fatou Bensouda, Trump Administration


Australia's offshore detention is unlawful, says international criminal court prosecutor

Treatment of refugees and asylum seekers ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading’, but does not warrant prosecution, ICC office saysAustralia’s offshore detention regime is a “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment” and unlawful under international law, the international criminal court’s prosecutor has said.But the office of the prosecutor has stopped short of deciding to prosecute the Australian government, saying that while the imprisonment of refugees and asylum seekers formed the basis of a crime again...
Tags: Law, Australia, World news, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Australian politics, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Nauru, Manus Island, Icc, Pacific Islands


Sudan signals it may send former dictator Omar al-Bashir to ICC

Peace talks resolve to send ‘those who face arrest warrants’ for war crimes to The HagueSudan has suggested it is prepared to hand over the former dictator Omar al-Bashir to the international criminal court in The Hague to face trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.The decision marks a dramatic shift from the previous official position of the country’s new rulers, though observers warned that many obstacles still needed to be overcome before the 76-year-old reached a court room. Conti...
Tags: Law, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Omar al Bashir, Sudan, Icc, The Hague, HagueSudan


Papers reveal Anglo-French distrust before Srebrenica massacre

Archives show British PM was warned France may have made secret deal with Bosnian SerbsDays before the Srebrenica massacre in July 1995, John Major was warned France had possibly brokered a secret deal with the Bosnian Serbs to halt airstrikes in return for the release of western military hostages.This claim, detailed in a secret Foreign Office note to the prime minister, is among documents available to read at the National Archives in Kew fromTuesday that expose the depth of Anglo-French distru...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, France, UK News, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Foreign Policy, Bill Clinton, United Nations, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, International criminal justice, War Crimes, John Major


ICC to investigate alleged Israeli and Palestinian war crimes

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hits out at ‘baseless and scandalous decision’ There is sufficient evidence to investigate alleged Israeli and Palestinian war crimes committed in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, the international criminal court has announced.In a landmark decision, the ICC said it saw “no substantial reasons to believe that an investigation would not serve the interests of justice”. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, International criminal justice, International criminal court, War Crimes, Hamas, Benjamin Netanyahu, Icc, Gaza Strip, West Bank East Jerusalem


Ex-Sudan leader Omar al-Bashir sentenced to two years for corruption

Deposed president convicted of corruption, receiving illegal gifts and possessing foreign currencyOmar al-Bashir, the former president of Sudan, has been sentenced to two years in detention after being found guilty of corruption, receiving illegal gifts and possessing foreign currency.Bashir has been in prison in Khartoum since being forced from power in April when security forces withdrew their support for his repressive regime after months of protests. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Omar al Bashir, Sudan, Darfur, Khartoum, Bashir


Factchecking Aung San Suu Kyi's claims over genocide allegations

Myanmar leader tells court in The Hague that civilian deaths were not genocide but part of a civil warShe might have been saving her best defence for the highest stage of all. But the arguments advanced by Aung San Suu Kyi at The Hague in response to allegations including genocide were much the same as the Burmese leader has been making for years. Most had been discredited long before she delivered her 20-minute address at the international court of justice on Wednesday morning.There had undoubt...
Tags: Law, World news, South and Central Asia, International criminal justice, International court of justice, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Rohingya, The Hague, Rakhine, Factchecking Aung San Suu Kyi


Aung San Suu Kyi to defend Myanmar against genocide charge at The Hague

Burmese leader will lead delegation to international court of justice next monthAung Sang Suu Kyi will travel to The Hague to defend Myanmar against allegations of genocide, her office has announced.The Burmese leader, once an icon of democracy but now tainted by her association with what UN investigators have described as crimes against humanity, will lead a delegation to the international court of justice (ICJ) next month. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, World news, South and Central Asia, International criminal justice, International court of justice, Aung San Suu Kyi, The Gambia, Un, Myanmar, The Hague, Suu Kyi, ICJ



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