WAR CRIMES
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HRW: Cambodia must act on criminal charges against Khmer Rouge leaders
March 23, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Monday on the Cambodian government to act on criminal charges brought against former Khmer Rouge leaders. Earlier this month an international judge for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) charged two new suspects with homicide and crimes agains....... [more]

UN: Islamic State may have committed genocide, war crimes
March 19, 2015
The actions of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq may amount to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported Thursday. The report cites the killings of hundreds of Yezidi men and boys in the Ninewa plains last August. The men over 14....... [more]

UN investigators call for prosecution of Syria war crimes
March 18, 2015
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria expressed concern Tuesday about atrocities and abuses in Syria by both the Assad regime and anti-government armed groups, advocating for UN Security Council referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or the establishment of a special tribunal to prosecut....... [more]

ICC drops charges against Kenyan president
March 13, 2015
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday withdrew charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was charged with crimes against humanity for inciting post-election violence in 2007 and 2008 during which more than 1,000 people died and more than 600,000 were displaced. Although the cou....... [more]

ICC seeking UN help in Bashir genocide prosecution
March 10, 2015
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday requested assistance from the UN Security Council (UNSC) in the forced extradition of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, who is facing charges of genocide in connection with the Darfur conflict. In asking the UNSC to take "necessary measures" to force....... [more]

Cambodia Khmer Rouge tribunal charges 2 new suspects
March 3, 2015
The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) charged two new suspects on Tuesday, despite a warning by the country's prime minister not to add new defendants. The ECCC announced that former Khmer Rouge navy chief Meas Muth and former district commander Im Chaem have been cha....... [more]

ICC prosecutor requests extension to confirm charges against LRA commander
February 28, 2015
International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Friday requested a three-month extension to gather evidence to confirm charges against Dominic Ongwen. The former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander made his first appearance before the ICC at the end of January. Ongwen is charged....... [more]

ICC affirms acquittal of Congolese war crimes suspect
February 27, 2015
The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday upheld the trial chamber's decision to acquit Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, a Congolese man accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Ngudjolo was acquitted in December 2012 of leading a 2003 attack on the village of Bogoro i....... [more]

Amnesty: Egypt military strike against Libya may amount to war crime
February 24, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) claimed Monday that the Egyptian military failed to take adequate precautionary measures to avoid civilian casualties in an attack on the Libyan city of Derna last week. The airstrikes occurred in the early morning hours of February 16, and AI argues that indiscriminate at....... [more]

Former Bangladesh lawmaker sentenced to life for war crimes
February 24, 2015
The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Tuesday convicted and sentenced Abdul Jabbar, militia leader and former lawmaker, to life in prison for genocide and religious persecution committed during the1971 Liberation War. Jabbar was tried in absentia, as it is thought that he has fled t....... [more]

Former Guantanamo detainee's terrorism conviction overturned
February 19, 2015
The US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday set aside the terrorism convictions of former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks. Hicks pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism, which was one of the few cases of successful prosecution of a Guantanamo detainee. In 2014....... [more]




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