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Libya Warrants: A Milestone In International Justice

Libya Warrants:  A Milestone In International Justice

From Amanda Bowen at Citizens for Global Solutions (WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2011) In issuing an arrest warrant for Muammar Gaddafi, the International Criminal Court has demonstrated yet again that tyrants and human rights abusers around the world—even if they are heads of state–will not enjoy immunity from international law, and will be held responsible […]

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Mladic Caught: The Next Top Two Fugitive War Criminals

Mladic Caught: The Next Top Two Fugitive War Criminals

Ratko Mladic was arrested today in Lazarevo, Serbia ending a sixteen year long manhunt (as predicted in our Year In Review article).  He was the Serbian military commander responsible for the Srebrenica massacre in which over 7,000 Muslims were murdered, and has been labeled Europe’s most wanted war criminal. The two most notorious fugitive war […]

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Bin Laden's Killing In Pakistan: The Fourth Geneva Convention And Protocol II

Bin Laden's Killing In Pakistan:  The Fourth Geneva Convention And Protocol II

Last week the U.S. ‘took out’ Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. As an American, I cannot help but have a visceral reaction of delight. Such a major blow will surely expedite the end of ‘the war on terror’. Whatever your opinion is of that endeavor, we can all be relieved by its conclusion. If […]

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I.C.C. Precedent and Involvement in the Arab Spring

I.C.C. Precedent and Involvement in the Arab Spring

Governments have attacked and killed civilian protesters across the Middle East. These attacks have resulted in action by the International Criminal Court and international military forces against Libya but inaction against similar atrocities in other Middle Eastern states. This discrepancy in response by the I.C.C., international community, and the U.S., have drawn cries of hypocrisy. […]

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War Crimes Update 4/5/11

War Crimes Update 4/5/11

On friday Richard Goldstone walked back his important and controversial 2009 Goldstone Report on potential war crimes resulting from the Israeli incursion into Gaza earlier that year in a Washington Post Op-Ed. He held that while Palestinian crimes were ‘of course’ intentional, he did not want to second guess difficult decisions made by Israeli commanders […]

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Duch Appeals Hearing Begins Before ECCC

(From The Phnom Penh Post) By James O’Toole and Cheang Sokha Appeals in the case of former S-21 prison chief Kaing Guek Eav began at the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday with a contentious debate on the court’s jurisdiction and its right to try the accused, better known as Duch. Prosecutors, the defence and civil party […]

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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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