WAR CRIMES
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UN reports possible war crimes in Iraq
July 19, 2014
There is evidence of serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), associated armed groups, Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces in the last month, including some that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the UN Assistanc....... [more]

UN court for Rwanda upholds sentence of ex-military chief
July 1, 2014
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday unanimously affirmed a 30-year jail sentence for former army chief Augustin Bizimungu for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Bizimungu was found guilty in May 2011 on six counts of genocide and crimes against humanity for murder, e....... [more]

Federal appeals court revives Abu Ghraib torture lawsuit
July 1, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday that the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia erred in concluding that it lacked jurisdiction over a case of alleged torture in the Abu Ghraib prison because the alleged abuses occurred in Iraq. The case was brought in 200....... [more]

Congo militia leader drops ICC appeal
June 26, 2014
Defense counsel for convicted war criminal Germain Katanga discontinued their appeal Wednesday, effectively finalizing the International Criminal Court's judgment against him in March. Katanga, the alleged commander of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel group Force de refsistance patri....... [more]

ICC prosecutor finds no grounds to investigate North Korea war crime allegations
June 25, 2014
Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Tuesday that a preliminary investigation into North Korean attacks on South Korea did not satisfy the Rome Statute requirements necessary to initiate a full ICC investigation. The preliminary investigation was launched i....... [more]

Spain Supreme Court dismisses China human rights cases
June 25, 2014
Spain's Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two judicial investigations into allegations of Chinese genocide and human rights violations, due to a new law limiting Spanish judges' involvement in international cases. Earlier this year, Spain put an end to its use of universal jurisdiction. Under the n....... [more]

CAR violence may lead to genocide: rights group
June 24, 2014
Religious violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has the potential to create the conditions for genocide, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said Tuesday, urging other nations to intervene to stop the conflict. The 89-page page report, entitled They Must All Leave or Die ....... [more]

ICC confirms charges against former Ivory Coast president
June 13, 2014
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday confirmed charges against former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, referring him for trial. Gbagbo faces four charges of crimes against humanity including murder, rape and persecution. After reviewing evidence, including statements from more t....... [more]

ICC confirms war crimes charges against Congo rebel leader
June 10, 2014
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday confirmed charges against Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda. The charges consist of 18 counts of war crimes including murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers, as well as crimes against humanity charges. The ICC held a confirma....... [more]

UN criminal tribunals for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia praised at Security Council meeting
June 6, 2014
Officials from the UN Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia addressed the UN Security Council Thursday to discuss the work that has been achieved as the tribunals mark 20 years of existence in 2014 and begin the process of closing by the end of the year. The officials noted the cri....... [more]

Europe rights court upholds conviction of Croatia war criminal
May 29, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld the conviction of former Croatian army commander Fred Margus on Wednesday. Margus challenged his 2007 conviction for war crimes against civilians during the 1990s Yugoslav wars. Charges initially brought against Margus were terminated in 1997 under t....... [more]




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