National Prosecutions

7/16/2019

A former Afghan military officer is on trial in Munich this week, accused of torturing captured fighters in late 2013 and early 2014. The 26-year-old allegedly mocked, defiled, and desecrated the corpse of an enemy commander in front of civilians.

7/16/2019

Two leading international human rights groups have slammed the outcome of a case on the murder of five youth in Trincomalee.

A magistrate had last week acquitted all 13 defendants in the execution of five ethnic Tamil students on January 2, 2006, known as the “Trinco Five” case. On July 3, 2019, the magistrate acquitted 12 members of the police Special Task Force (STF) and a police officer due to a “lack of evidence.”

7/16/2019

For decades, war criminals have lived alongside those they tortured or displaced. Under the guise of being a refugee, they have sought new lives in America. But quiet efforts are underway to expose and punish as many of these hidden offenders as possible — and ensure none find a lasting haven in the United States.

7/10/2019

Four Libyan families are suing rebel leader Khalifa Haftar for alleged war crimes in federal court, accusing the U.S. citizen and renegade general of carrying out an indiscriminate bombing campaign in their home country that has claimed the lives of civilians.

7/6/2019

The High Court in Podgorica on Wednesday sentenced Vlado Zmajevic to 14 years in prison for war crimes against the civilian population.

Zmajevic was arrested by Montenegrin police in 2016 in the town of Niksic. He was part of Yugoslav Army forces fighting in Kosovo, was found guilty of the murder of four Albanian civilians in the village of Zegra near Gnjilane in Kosovo during the war in 1999.

7/6/2019

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has questioned the government of Liberia's road-map for justice for victims of the Liberian Civil War and the establishment of the War Crimes Court.

Madam Bachelet also expressed alarm over the situation of Gender and Domestic violence in Liberia. She thanked the government of Liberia for the passage of the Land Rights Act while calling for the implementation of the instrument as well as the reactivation of Transparency agencies to fight issues of corruption and human rights abuses.

7/6/2019

Indigenous Maya Achi women who said they were raped by paramilitary group members during Guatemala's 36-year-long civil war have suffered a major setback in their nearly decade-long quest for justice.

7/3/2019

The government rested its murder case against a decorated Navy SEAL on Tuesday. Prosecutors had called on seven SEALs from the platoon to testify in the court-martial at Naval Base San Diego that started a week ago, including two who said they witnessed Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher stab the wounded adolescent ISIS militant in the neck in May 2017 after he was under their care in Iraq.

Head of Program, The Gambia

6/28/2019

The Gambian Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) started its operations in January 2019 with the public hearings of witnesses, victims, and perpetrators. It has already succeeded in having high-profile perpetrators testify publicly on their role in violations concerning several victims. But the question is, who should be at the center of truth telling?

Senior Expert, Programs

6/27/2019

In designing transitional justice in Armenia, policymakers, civil society activists, and international actors should remember those who have not had justice for so long: the families of those killed or injured in March 2008, the victims of torture and political detention, the mothers in black seeking the truth about why their soldier sons were killed, the old pensioners who live in cold and hunger, farmers and rural communities who need access to social services, and students and young citizens who saw that their hope for a better future required a revolution.

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