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War Crimes Year In Review

Year in Review:  This year in War Crimes began with two historical events that will change the shape of War Crimes and International Law for years to come.  The first of those events:  The beginning of trials at the International Criminal Court.  This marks the beginning of International Criminal Justice on a truly global level.  […]

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Rwanda genocide tribunal ICTR extended until 2012

(Angola Press) Kigali – The UN Security Council has given the tribunal for Rwanda’s genocide until 2012 to finish all its cases. The court, set up to try those most responsible for the genocide, was originally due to close in 2008 but some key suspects remain at large. Rwanda has long complained that the tribunal […]

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ICTR acquittal of Zigiranyirazo shocked Rwanda: minister

(AFP) KIGALI — The acquittal by the UN court for Rwanda of a brother-in-law of former president Juvenal Habyarimana, an alleged planner of the Rwandan genocide, “shocked” Rwanda, the justice minister said Friday. Tharcisse Karugarama was speaking on national radio following the announcement of the extension to December 31, 2012 of the International Criminal Tribunal […]

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German Ministry of Justice on the FDLR Arrests

The following is a statement from Dr. Michael Gressman of the German Federal Ministry of Justice to War Crimes on the arrest of the two FDLR leaders in late November: German Federal Police arrested Dr Ignace M. and Straton M. upon orders of the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office in Germany on Wednesday, 17 November 2009, on […]

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Germany's Arrest of War Criminals Leaves Questions of Timing, Jurisdiction

Two leaders of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), Ignace Murwanashyaka and his aide Straton Musoni, were arrested in Germany last Tuesday. While the arrests were praised by human rights groups and the international community, many questions still remain regarding the timing, motivation, jurisdiction and even the charges being brought against the […]

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A Preview of the Karadzic Defense

Radovan Karadzic stopped boycotting his prosecution for war crimes at The Hague this week adding legitimacy to the trial seen as “seen as key to … closure” for the survivors and victims’ families of the Balkans genocide of the 1990s.  Karadzic also asked this week for time to prepare his defense.  The U.K.’s Channel 4 […]

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The Future of War Crimes – An Interview With Professor Cherif Bassiouni

The following is an interview with Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni.  Professor Bassiouni has held many positions with the United Nations including Chairman of the Drafting Committee for the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, and Chairman of the Security Council’s Commission to Investigate Violations of International Humanitarian Law in the Former Yugoslavia.  He is currently […]

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Charles Taylor Testifies This Week as Hundreds of His Victims are Buried

Charles Taylor took the stand again this week at the Special Court for Sierra Leone and decried a vast conspiracy against him calling witness testimony against him “lies” and accusing the prosecution of racism.  Taylor made these impassioned assertions even as hundreds of civilian victims of Liberia’s civil war were buried just this week, fifteen […]

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Rwanda's Tea Czar Pleads Guilty To Genocide

Michel Bagaragaza officially plead guilty to Genocide today at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  He had reportedly entered a plea deal last year with the prosecution ahead of his trial this month.  Bagaragaza was head of OCIR-Tea which controlled the tea industry of Rwanda and used this position to facilitate Genocide against ethnic Tutsis […]

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U.N. Finds Evidence of War Crimes in Gaza

A U.N. fact-finding mission to Israel and Gaza announced today that it has found evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity and violations of international humanitarian law committed by both Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas during the Israeli invasion of Gaza that commenced at the end of last year. “The mission finds that the […]

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Former ICTY Prosecution Spokesperson Found In Contempt

Florence Hartmann, former spokeswoman for the prosecution at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugosavia, was found in contempt of the tribunal Monday and fined 7,000 Euros – over $10,000 U.S. dollars.  She was found in contempt for revealing secret information implicating the Serbian government in massacres in her memoir “Peace and Punishment”.  The […]

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Indigenous Massacre May Have Been Perpetrated By Colombian Government

Twelve Awa Indians were massacred in rural southwest Colombia last week.  Seven children were among the dead including one infant.  They were apparently shot by masked men wearing camoflauge. One suspect is in custody.  He is alleged to have extorted the victims.  However independent news organizations report that the government played a role in the […]

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Accused War Criminal Bemba's Release 'Error in Law'

I.C.C. Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo argued this week that releasing former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President Jean Pierre Bemba before his trial at the Hague would be an “Error in Law“.  In fact, Ocampo argued, the only significant change that had occurred since the last decision to keep Bemba in detention and now was the […]

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International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Suffers Major Loss

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda suffered a major loss this past week with the untimely death of prosecutor Shyamlal Rajapaksa. His body was found in his Arusha home in Tanzania where the international tribunal is located. Mystery surrounds the forty-two year old’s death with explanations proffered from drug overdose to murder. What has been […]

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Europe's Most Wanted War Criminal Purportedly in Law Enforcement Crosshairs

Serbian authorities declared this week that top war criminal fugitive, Ratko Mladic, has his days numbered. Mladic was the general in charge of the Serbian military at the massacre in Srebrenica in which 7,000 Muslims were killed. He was also the officer responsible for ordering the shelling of civilians in Sarajevo in the early 1990s […]

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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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