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Libya Is Real Progress By And For The International Criminal Court When Compared To All Previous Formal I.C.C. Investigations

Libya Is Real Progress By And For The International Criminal Court When Compared To All Previous Formal I.C.C. Investigations

Last week Libya became the subject of official investigation by the International Criminal Court, the sixth since the court’s inception in 2002. There are three ways in which an investigation can be initiated by the Office of The Prosecutor; referral of a situation by a state party of the Rome Statute, referral from the U.N. […]

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Questions Remain About U.S. Commitment to International Human Rights Standards at Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal

Questions Remain About U.S. Commitment to International Human Rights Standards at Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal

Stephen Rapp, the U.S. Ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, declared this week in Bangladesh that “(p)re-charging detention is not automatically a violation of international standards.” This statement could be taken innocuously – as arguably true; or it could be taken as an implicit nod of approval by the U.S. for the illegal detention and torture […]

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War Crimes Year In Review

War Crimes Year In Review

In 2010 as might be expected, justice was brought to some and impunity enjoyed by others. The Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court opened preliminary investigations into possible war crimes involving the March sinking of the South Korean warship, Cheonan, and the November artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea; religious […]

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A Win Against Impunity: Callixte Mbarushimana Arrested in Paris

A Win Against Impunity:  Callixte Mbarushimana Arrested in Paris

Notorious Rwandan war criminal Callixte Mbarushimana was arrested today in Paris after sixteen years of impunity. He was arrested after a sealed arrest warrant was issued by the ICC in late September. French authorities cooperated fully. Mbarushimana faces five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, torture, rape, inhumane acts and persecution) and six counts of […]

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Cambodia Takes Drastic Steps Toward Justice for Khmer Rouge Genocide

Cambodia Takes Drastic Steps Toward Justice for Khmer Rouge Genocide

Four former heads of the Khmer Rouge were indicted today by the U.N. sanctioned Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. The four charged with crimes of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and Genocide among others, ranged in age from 78 to 85 years, and have managed to escape justice for at least 31 years. This […]

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Pioneering and Persecuted Baltasar Offered Position by the International Criminal Court

Pioneering and Persecuted Baltasar Offered Position by the International Criminal Court

Judge Baltasar Garzon, a pioneer of universal jurisdiction against heads of state, was offered a job by the International Criminal Court today. This comes as Baltasar is being persecuted by far right groups in his home country of Spain. From the Office of the Prosecutor: “The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal […]

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Bringing International Humanitarian Law into the 21st Century

A version of this article appears at the website atlantic-community.org. The Atlantic Community is a foreign policy think tank based in Berlin and Washington D.C. International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is at a crossroads. Though first implemented to reduce war casualties and prevent atrocities, over the course of the last fifty years the nature of armed […]

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"Ecocide" and the I.C.C.: The Future of Environmentalism or the Criminalization of Civilization?

A campaign has launched to get the U.N. to adopt a new crime, ‘ecocide’, into the Rome Statute as the fifth crime under its jurisdiction in addition to genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and aggression. The campaign is being run by a British U.N. activist, Polly Higgins that had a minor recent success with […]

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Interview with Tibi Galis, Director of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation

The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation is holding a conference in Buenos Aires next week from April 12-14. The conference, titled ‘Memory, Justice, Truth and Reparations as Tools for Genocide Prevention’, has been co-organized by the government of Argentina. It will host government officials and policymakers from 40 nations. I spoke today with AIPR’s […]

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I.C.C. to Move Forward with Prosecution of Kenyan Officials

The I.C.C. decided this week to allow the Office of the Prosecutor to move ahead in pursuing charges against Kenyan leaders. From the Office of the Prosecutor: The judges decided. There will be justice in Kenya. To contribute to the prevention of crimes during the next election we must proceed promptly. We will. There is […]

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International Burma Tribunal Releases Judgment Regarding War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Early this month the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma convened in New York City. At the Tribunal the testimonies of twelve women outlined atrocities committed by Burmese officials against women during the longest ongoing conflict in the world. Representatives of the witnesses recounted brutal gang rapes, torture and murder committed by Burmese […]

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Ocampo Turns in List of 20 Kenyans Suspected of Crimes against Humanity to I.C.C.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo responded this week to the Pre-Trial Chamber II request for clarification of information regarding the situation in Kenya. Ocampo alleged that senior political and business leaders affiliated with the two major political parties involved in the marred 2007 election, the Party of National Unity and the Orange Democratic Movement, were responsible […]

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Developments in Emerging I.C.C. Situations – Kenya and Guinea

The Pre-Trial Chamber II of the I.C.C. asked for clarification and additional information regarding the situation in Kenya this past week. The bloody aftermath of the 2007 Kenyan elections resulted in the deaths of around 1,000 people. Following a preliminary investigation, I.C.C. Chief Prosecutor asked to The Chamber to conduct an official investigation proprio motu […]

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Abu Garda War Crimes Charges Declined, Al Bashir Genocide Charge to be Reassessed

The Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court declined to confirm charges of War Crimes against Abu Garda today, less than a week after the Appeals Chamber reversed the decision to exclude the charge of Genocide against Omar Al-Bashir.  The Court stressed that the incident related to the charges – an attack on African […]

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I.C.C. Update: Bashir Decision Tomorrow

From the I.C.C. Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: In this situation, three cases are being heard before the relevant Chambers: The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo; The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda; and The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui. The accused Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui […]

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About the Author

Brandon Henander
Brandon Henander

Brandon lives in Chicago and works as a Project Coordinator for Illinois Legal Aid Online. He has a LL.M. in International Law and International Relations from Flinders University in Adelaide. Brandon has worked as a lobbyist for Amnesty International Australia and as an intern for U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Iowa. His interests include American and Asian politics, human rights, war crimes and the International Criminal Court.

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