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The Battle Over the Future of the ICC Continues in The Hague

The Battle Over the Future of the ICC Continues in The Hague

The annual Assembly of State Parties of the ICC (ASP) kicked off yesterday to discuss the management of the court and possible changes to the Rome Statute. While several issues are on this year’s agenda, including victim compensation and progress on ratifying amendments to define the crime of …

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The Day the Terminator Walked into the Embassy

The Day the Terminator Walked into the Embassy

After nearly two decades of conflict, the Democratic Republic of the Congo makes a regular appearance in international news. The most recent chapter of the story is the conflict between the Congolese government and the M23 rebel group which started in April 2012. The back and forth fighting since then …

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Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures & the ICC

Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures & the ICC

Just a few weeks after France launched an intervention aimed at rooting out Islamist Ansar Dine rebels in northern Mali, French and Malian forces retook the historic desert city without resistance and to the cheers of local citizens. However, the city’s ten months under Islamic rule still had …

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New Calls for the ICC to Take on Syria

New Calls for the ICC to Take on Syria

As war continues to rage on in Syria with no signs of abating, there are renewed calls for the International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute any international crimes they find there. Earlier this month, Switzerland led a group of more than 50 countries appealing to the Security …

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Advice Abounds for ICC’s New Prosecutor, Not All of It Useful

Advice Abounds for ICC’s New Prosecutor, Not All of It Useful

Fatou Bensouda, newly sworn in as prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, is getting a lot of advice.
Much of it is well-meaning. As the first African and the first woman to hold the post, Bensouda has rightly inspired much good feeling. For those who disagreed with her predecessor, one of …

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A New Chapter for the ICC

A New Chapter for the ICC

When the International Criminal Court finally came into existence in 2002, it was lauded as a serious step towards universal justice and accountability for the worst international crimes. Ten years later, some of that excitement has worn off. Nowhere has that been more the case than Africa, the continent that …

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Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison

Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison

Charles Taylor was sentenced to fifty years in prison today by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague. The former Liberian President was found guilty on eleven counts last month including acts of terrorism, murder, rape, sexual slavery, outrages upon personal dignity, cruel treatment, …

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A Perspective on Justice in Sierra Leone: Nine Pictures About Charles Taylor

A Perspective on Justice in Sierra Leone: Nine Pictures About Charles Taylor


Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia, has been convicted by an international tribunal …

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Mali War Crimes to be Examined by the International Criminal Court

Mali War Crimes to be Examined by the International Criminal Court

 
The Office of The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court issued a statement today announcing that it is following developments in Mali after reports of possible crimes against humanity:
Mali ratified the Rome Statute on 16 August 2000. Therefore, in accordance with Rome Statute provisions, the International …

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Genocide Fugitives Still at Large 18 Years Later

Genocide Fugitives Still at Large 18 Years Later

 
As the world commemorates the Rwandan Genocide fugitives continue to evade justice.
April marks the 18th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide in which 800,000 Rwandans, mostly ethnic Tutsis, were massacred.  Eighteen years later and nearly 1,000 fugitives are still at large around the world.  At an event in Nairobi, …

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