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Legal News
26 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Members of Iraq's Yazidi minority [NYT backgrounder] on Thursday submitted a report [ICC Observer report] to the International Criminal Court [official website] detailing the crimes committed against their community by militants of the Islamic State (IS) and urged the court to open an investigation. The Yazidi group met with … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday urged renewed efforts [press release] to arrest militia leader and accused war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The statement came after the announcement of the ICC taking legal custody [JURIST report] of former … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Ugandan army on Wednesday confirmed that top Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen is now in the custody of US forces. Ongwen, the second-in-command of the rebel militia group headed by alleged Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], surrendered himself [AFP report] on … [read more]

Legal News
14 May 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], Fatou Bensouda [official profile], announced [press release] Tuesday that she will reopen a preliminary investigation into alleged mistreatment and killings of Iraqi detainees in Iraq by UK military forces from 2003 through 2008. Bensouda stated that her office received … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] More than 30 human rights and civil society organizations on Tuesday called for the arrest [press release] of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Tuesday was the fifth anniversary of his indictment [JURIST report] on five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, torture, rape, extermination, and … [read more]

Legal News
22 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Central African Republic (CAR) [CIA backgrounder] government on Thursday said that accused war criminal Joseph Kony [BBC backgrounder] has been speaking with CAR President Michel Djotodia [BBC backgrounder] about negotiating a surrender. Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] for 12 counts … [read more]

Academic Commentary
24 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Fred Kennedy Nkusi of the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali and Mount Kenya University in Rwanda says that the current pressure by the African Union to demonize the ICC as outside control, misses the greater picture and the opportunity for progress ... On October 12, … [read more]

Academic Commentary
8 Oct 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Academic Director of the Arcadia Center for East African Studies says that while the Kenyan vote to withdraw from the ICC masks the greater danger of polarization in Africa opposing much needed applications of international law ... On September 5, 2013, the Kenya Parliament adopted … [read more]

Legal News
21 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] On Friday, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called upon [press release] members of the UN to demand Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] turn himself in to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] where he faces charges for war crimes, crimes against humanity … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A leading Sudan opposition figure jailed in 2004 for an alleged coup attempt was released from prison on Sunday. Yousef Mohammed Saleh Lebis is a member of Sudan's Popular Congress Party (PCP), which is led by Hassan al-Turabi [BBC profile]. Lebis' release is a result of the promise made … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

The Libya Conflict developed from long-standing sectarian rivalries in the country, which resulted in an armed clash between autocrat Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's supporters and those seeking to oust him from power. In a bid to end the unrest, Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, gave a televised address in which he announced … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

Of the 139 states that signed the Rome Statute, 32 have not yet ratified the treaty. According to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties [PDF], a state that has signed but not ratified a treaty is obliged to refrain from "acts which would defeat the object and purpose" … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

Articles 5 through 20 of the Rome Statute govern the jurisdiction of the ICC. There are four major factors to consider when assessing the court's jurisdiction. First, the specific crime committed has to fit the definition of one of the four crimes outlined in the statute. Second, the court must … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

Following weeks of escalating violence, the international community began to consider action against Gaddafi's government. The UN Security Council voted unanimously on February 27, 2011 to adopt Resolution 1970, imposing sanctions on Gaddafi's government, including an arms embargo, travel ban and the freezing of assets. The resolution also referred the … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jul 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Monday urged [decision, PDF] Nigerian authorities to arrest and surrender Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide [warrant PDF] allegedly committed in the Darfur conflict[BBC backgrounder]. Al-Bashir is currently … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A group of UN independent experts urged [press release] the World Bank [official website] on Thursday to adopt human rights standards that will protect vulnerable populations at the World Bank's meeting on the organization's social policies. The UN experts want to ensure that the World Bank will respect human … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2013
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A group of US policymakers and advocates on Wednesday alleged in a new report [press release] that Sudan's government has committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture near the border of South Sudan since June 2011. Titled Architects of Atrocity [text, PDF], the report was released by the … [read more]

Legal News
1 Apr 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] said Monday that he will release all political detainees and renew a commitment to maintain an open dialogue. The president made these statements [Al Jazeera report] after implementing a peace agreement with South Sudan. The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) [Sudan Tribune … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Jan 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Megan A. Fairlie of the Florida International University College of Law says the International Criminal Court (ICC) will ultimately delay pursuing an investigation into the effect of Palestine's non-Member Observer State status on the Court's jurisdiction... Almost immediately after the UN General Assembly voted to give Palestine … [read more]

Legal News
6 Dec 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A UN independent expert on Thursday praised [statement; UN News Centre report] a convention passed by the African Union (AU) [official website, English] to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs). The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Kampala Convention) [text, PDF] was … [read more]

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