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Spain judge opens probe into Boko Haram militant group
May 29, 2015
A judge for Spain's National Court on Thursday opened a probe into Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram for terrorism and crimes against humanity over a 2013 attack on a Nigerian town in which a Spanish nun was assaulted. Spain's universal jurisdiction laws allow crimes against humanity to be....... [more]

ICC appeals judges uphold case against Ivory Coast first lady
May 28, 2015
A panel of appeals judges for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday affirmed a ruling that allows a case against former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo to go forward to trial. Gbagbo is accused of multiple crimes against humanity including murder and rape, which allegedly occurred....... [more]

ICTY orders Serbia to return Seselj to detention
May 26, 2015
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday ordered Serbia's justice ministry to return Vojislav Seselj, ailing alleged war criminal, to his detention cell immediately. Seselj had been held in The Hague on charges of leading ethnic Serbs to persecute non-Serbs du....... [more]

Barrel Bombs and Hell Canons Fuel Conflict in Aleppo
May 20, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Mark A. Summers of Barry University School of Law discusses the legality of choice of weapons in the Syrian war in the context of International Humanitarian Law ... Amnesty International (AI) recently condemned the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the As....... [more]

UN reports humanitarian law violations by Uganda rebels in DRC
May 14, 2015
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) committed "grave violations of international humanitarian law" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of 2014, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported Wednesday. The report claims that the ADF, a Ugandan rebel grou....... [more]

UNESCO director calls destruction of heritage sites 'war crime'
May 14, 2015
The director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, continued her campaign against the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in the Middle East at a conference in Cairo on Wednesday and condemned the destructive act as a "war crime." She declared the action a "tactic of war" and called for an e....... [more]

Germany parliament calls killings of Armenians 'genocide'
April 24, 2015
The German Parliament on Friday approved a resolution declaring the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I a "genocide." The resolution's approval, which coincides with the centenary of the start of the killings, was led by President of the Bundestag Norb....... [more]

European Parliament calls killings of Armenians 'genocide'
April 16, 2015
The European Parliament approved a resolution on Wednesday calling the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide," while urging Armenia and Turkey to reconcile their diplomatic relations. The resolution comes days after Pope Francis instigated outrage by using the same term in Turkey. Mem....... [more]

Hadzic granted provisional release pending trial
April 15, 2015
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday ordered the provisional release pursuant to an interlocutory appeal for Goran Had?ic, the former president of the Republic of Serbian Krajina during the Croatian War of Independence. Hadzic is accused of coordinating....... [more]

Amnesty: Boko Haram has abducted at least 2,000 women since 2014
April 15, 2015
Boko Haram has abducted at least 2,000 women and girls in Nigeria since the start of 2014, Amnesty International (AI) said Monday in a new report detailing the extreme violence and crimes against humanity committed by the group. The 90-page report is entitled: "'Our job is to Shoot, Slaughter and Ki....... [more]

Spain judge upholds genocide charges against 7 Morocco officials
April 10, 2015
A judge in Spain decided on Friday that genocide charges against seven former and current Moroccan officials, who are accused of committing torture and killings in the Western Sahara from 1975-91, are justified. In his ruling, Judge Pablo Ruz asked that the men be extradited to Spain to face a trial....... [more]


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