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Mirsad Mesic, one of the MPs who proposed the resolution that was sent to parliament on Thursday, said that lawmakers from Bosnia’s Serb-led Republika Srpska had in previous years blocked the adoption of a declaration on genocide in Srebrenica and were expected to do so again.

A Rwandan already behind bars for assisting a massacre in Rwanda could face life in prison after Germany's top court said he was also guilty of the graver crime of actively participating in genocide.

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) may introduce fresh charges against former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel leader, Dominic Ongwen, APA learns here Thursday.

The investigation of the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero should be reopened and impunity for the killers - in which the Salvadoran justice system has been "complicit" - must no longer prevail, national ombudsman David Morales said in an interview with Efe.

On a little island off the north end of Vancouver Island, there used to be a large brick building, standing close to the beach. Four stories high and painted gleaming white, it was the first thing you saw from the ferry as it approached the village of Yalis.

The head of the Bosnian prosecution war crimes department, Gordana Tadic, told a conference in Sarajevo on Thursday that the deadline will be missed and asked for another three years to complete the task.

“We heard rumours that they were preparing to attack,” says Garba Touré, guitarist with the Malian band Songhoy Blues. “When the firing started I rushed back home to check that my mother and children were ok. It was as if we’d been hit by an earthquake.”

Uruguay has created a commission to probe human rights violations perpetrated from 1968 to 1985 as the government cracked down brutally on a leftist rebellion.

The Truth and Justice Working Group will investigate crimes committed by the police and army during the country's 1973 to 1985 dictatorship, and during a state of emergency decreed prior to the dictatorship, on June 13, 1968.

The commission was created under a decree signed Tuesday by President Tabare Vazquez.

The former chief of the feared spy agency responsible for kidnapping, torturing and killing thousands during Chile's military dictatorship has accumulated 500 years in prison sentences.

General Manuel Contreras, 86, has been serving a combined sentence for crimes against humanity.

Today, the Chilean supreme court sentenced him to 15 more years for the 1974 killing of Ana MarIa Puga and Alejandro de la Barra Villarroel.

Four former spy agency members were also sentenced for the killing of the couple.

The publicity surrounding an 11-year-old communist rebel reported to have surrendered to the Philippines military this month has served as a harsh reminder of the work still to be done to rid the South East Asian country of the scourge of child soldiers.

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