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Government Requests Delay in Guantanamo Commissions Already 'On Hold'

In what has been called the most important death penalty case in US history, the government is seeking a 60 day delay in the joint trial by military …

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Afghan Detainees May Challenge Their Detention – But Not in US Courts

The Pentagon has announced it will allow those prisoners held by the US military in Afghanistan, including the Bagram military facility, to challenge their detention in a new military …

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Delay in Trying a Head of State: Charles Taylor

After nearly two months of questioning in the Hague, the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) has temporarily adjourned the Defense’s questioning of former Liberian President Charles …

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Detainees Part II: Special Prosecutors, CIA Reports & Legal Guidance

(4)  Holder ‘Appoints’ Special Prosecutor to Review CIA Interrogations
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he is expanding the mandate of Special Counsel John Durham to include a

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Detainees Part I: Panels, Rendition & the ICRC

From enhanced interrogation to rendition, to the roles of the CIA and the FBI in relation to terrorism, decisions and revelations were made in the last 24 hours that will have a lasting impact on the way the US intelligence community, justice system and government officials interact with each other …

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Apology for Vietnam-era Killings: My Lai

Apology for Vietnam-era Killings: My Lai

The only US Army Officer convicted for involvement in the 1968 “My Lai massacre” has publicly apologized for his role in the Vietnam War-era killings.

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The US & The ICC: The Argument Against

The United States should not join the International Criminal Court (ICC), as it “lacks prudent safeguards against political manipulation, possesses sweeping authority without accountability … and violates national sovereignty”

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War Crimes in Rwanda from Another Angle

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) must prosecute those officers of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) allegedly responsible for war crimes taking place during the 1994 genocide,

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Priorities: 5 Million Dead vs. Clinton’s ‘Bad Day’ in Kinshasa

A few facts about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Numerous individual conflicts  since 1996, involving up to 7 nations and 25 armed groups.  Estimates of between 3.5 and 7.8 million deaths since 1998.  …

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"I Killed People": The Movie "The Reckoning" and the ICC

Anyone interested in understanding the history of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and prosecuting war crimes should take a look at the new documentary “The Reckoning.”  This film

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Hillary Clinton: 'Great Regret' US not in ICC

Speaking in Kenya, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said it is a “great regret” that the US is not a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

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A Terrible New Aspect of DRC War Crimes

5-Aug-09 – The conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has seen a massive upsurge in sexual violence against men. By Lisa Gambone.

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Guantanamo Bay, KS?

‘Dozens’ of Guantanamo detainee cases have been referred to federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., New York and Virginia.   US Attorney General Eric Holder has reportedly …

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Secretary Clinton in the DRC: Focus on Sexual Violence

On her ten day trip through Africa, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make two stops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – capital Kinshasa and Goma in the east.
Estimates state that conflict in the DRC (a country …

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Failure to Charge: The ICC, Lubanga & Sexual Violence Crimes in the DRC

On July 14, the prosecution wrapped up its case against Thomas Lubanga, the first ever accused brought before the

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About the Author

Lisa Gambone

Lisa Gambone is a NY attorney who has provided pro bono work for Human Rights Watch, the ICTR Prosecution and Lawyers Without Borders, first while practicing at a large law firm in London, now independently. She has also spent time at the Caprivi high treason trials in Namibia and at human rights organizations in Belfast, London and New York. She has helped edit and provided research for several publications, including case books on the law of the ad hoc tribunals and a critique of the Iraqi Anfal Trial. She holds a JD specializing in International Law from Columbia University, an MA in International Economics and European Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a BA in International Relations - Security & Diplomacy from Brown University. Here, she covers war crimes and international justice.

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