July 25, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Top Palestinian officials on Friday filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza. Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem Al-Saqqa and Gaza court public prosecutor Ismail Jabr started legal proceedings over the 18 days of fighting between Hamas ...[read more]
March 24, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, on Friday called on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to assess the legal status of Israel's prolonged occupation of Palestine. Falk accuses Israel of engaging in colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing and argues ...[read more]
March 17, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
Chairperson of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea Michael Kirby on Monday compared the alleged crimes of the North Korean regime to those of Nazism, apartheid and the Khmer Rouge. In February UN human rights investigators released a 372-page report detailing ...[read more]
October 29, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
A South African court on Tuesday sentenced 20 members of white supremacist group Boeremag to prison terms ranging from five to 20 years in the nation's first post-apartheid treason trial. The extremist group is responsible for nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in 2002. Earlier, the ...[read more]
December 1, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On December 1, 2005, the South African Constitutional Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying, giving Parliament one year to amend the 1961 Marriage Act. To comply with the ruling, the South African legislature enacted the Civil Union Act, requiring that ...[read more]
July 26, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The North Gauteng High Court at Pretoria in South Africa on Thursday convicted of high treason the leader of an extremist group responsible for nine bombings in Johannesburg's Soweto township in 2002. Mike du Toit, leader of the white supremacist group Boeremag, has been on trial for nine years ...[read more]
September 29, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Ivory Coast government on Wednesday launched a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to resolve conflicts stemming from the widespread post-election violence that took place earlier this year. The 11-member commission, modeled on similar efforts taken by South Africa during the post-apartheid ...[read more]
September 12, 2011
by John Paul Putney
A South African court on Monday found the controversial African National Congress (ANC) Youth League President Julius Malema guilty of hate speech for singing the apartheid-era protest song "Shoot the Boer." Boer is the Afrikaans word for farmer and broadly refers to whites in general and ...[read more]
December 5, 2010
by Ann Riley
Guinea's President-elect Alpha Conde announced Saturday that he will create a truth and reconciliation commission to address decades of ethnic and political violence. Conde said on state television that reconciliation was essential to rebuild the volatile country. The commission will be modeled on ...[read more]
October 12, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On October 12, 2007, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that US courts have jurisdiction under the Alien Tort Claims Act to hear certain tort claims brought by apartheid victims against companies that allegedly collaborated with the South African government in the maintenance of ...[read more]

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