National Prosecutions

24/9/2020

The Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office made its first arrest on Thursday, detaining former Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA officer Salih Mustafa in the Llap region of northeast Kosovo, the Hague-based prosecution announced.

23/9/2020

New York—ICTJ closed its office in Côte d’Ivoire on July 1 after eight years of operation due to several factors including a lack of political will in the government and difficulty securing funding. Although a sad moment for the organization, ICTJ is proud of its achievements in the country and remains confident that its local many partners will continue to advance justice. 

23/9/2020

Following the recent closure of ICTJ's office in Côte d’Ivoire, we caught up with Head of the Office Mohamed Suma and Senior Expert Cristián Correa to reflect on ICTJ’s work in the country and with victims, women, and youth, as well as the reasons why ICTJ has chosen to scale down its activities.

21/9/2020

As UN member states convene virtually this week for the annual General Assembly, they will likely focus on a narrow list of agenda items, topped by issues related to the deadly coronavirus pandemic and a global economic downturn. For this reason, ICTJ would like to recall the vital importance of justice for global peace, security, health, and development by sharing findings from an analysis of the open debate on transitional justice that the UN Security Council held on February 13, 2020, as part of its peacebuilding and sustaining peace agenda.

17/9/2020

Bosnia’s State Investigation and Protection Agency arrested nine men on Wednesday on suspicion of committing crimes against Bosniak civilians in the village of Novoseoci in the Sokolac municipality during wartime in 1992. The crimes they are accused of include the killing of 44 Bosniak civilians. 

17/9/2020

In an open letter signed by groups including the United States-based Uyghur Human Rights Project, Genocide Watch, and the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, on Tuesday called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to launch an investigation.

Sixteen individuals co-signed the letter and assert that there is “mounting evidence” of crimes against humanity and genocide occurring in Xinjiang. This open letter only adds to the growing international pressure on China’s government over its actions in Xinjiang.

15/9/2020

Spain’s National Court announced on Friday that the former colonel and deputy minister, Orlando Montano Morales, has been sentenced to 133 years and four months in prison on charges of murder of five Jesuits in 1989.

15/9/2020

Former commanders of the disbanded FARC rebel group in Columbia have issued an apology for kidnappings they carried out during the armed conflict for the first time. Eight former senior FARC commanders signed the statement of apology.

"We now understand the pain we caused so many families — sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, and friends — who lived through hell waiting for news of their loved ones, wondering if they were healthy and under which conditions they were held, kept apart from their affection, from their projects, from their world," the statement reads.

10/9/2020

Saudi Arabia has sentenced five of the eight defendants of the suspects in the murder of Washington Post journalists Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018 to 20 years in prison. The Khashoggi family “pardoned” the five suspects to spare them of the death penalty. Of the remaining defendants, one has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, and the other two defendants face 7 years in prison.

10/9/2020

Yesterday, Bolivia has asked the chief prosecutor of the ICC to investigate if former President Evo Morales and his supporters committed crimes against humanity. President Morales set up roadblocks to prevent people from accessing health care during the coronavirus pandemic.

The written referral that Bolivia filed at the ICC last Friday argues that President Morales and his supporters incited the blockades in August that were “the direct consequence of causing the death of several people and anxiety in the rest of the population.”

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