March 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The UN special envoy to Yemen warned the UN Security Council during an emergency meeting Sunday that the situation in Yemen is teetering on the brink of civil war. The special envoy, Jamal Benomar, warned the Council that the increasingly violent and expanding conflict in Yemen could erupt into ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
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 ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone has granted provision release to Moinina Fofana, a former militia leader convicted of war crimes. Fofana was convicted in 2007 of murder, cruel treatment, pillage and collective punishment for his role in Sierra Leone's civil war and sentenced to a 15- ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
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 ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Sunday that militias allied with Iraqi forces are committing abuses that are "possibly war crimes". HRW reports that in some areas residents have been forced from their homes, kidnapped and extra-judicially executed. In the provinces of Muqdadiyya area of Diyala, ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released its annual World Report, in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the abusive rule of former Iraqi ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by William Helbling
The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday urged renewed efforts to arrest militia leader and accused war criminal Joseph Kony. The statement came after the announcement of the ICC taking legal custody of former Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
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, surrendered himself on Sunday in Central African ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Addison Morris
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged Congolese authorities to bring to justice those who commanded rebel troops to commit killings, rapes, mutilations and child abductions across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). HRW pointed specifically to the fact that Mai Mai militia leader Ntabo ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday upheld the conviction and 14-year prison sentence of former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Lubanga was convicted in March 2012 for the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 ...[read more]

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