Media Coverage

7/27/2019

An army officer in The Gambia has accused former President Yahya Jammeh of ordering the 2004 murder of journalist Deyda Hydara, and admitted he was involved in the killing.

Hydara, who was editor and co-founder of the independent daily, The Point, and a correspondent for AFP news agency and Journalists Without Borders, was killed by unidentified gunmen in his car on the outskirts of the capital, Banjul, in December 2004.

7/27/2019

Canada is being urged to help plug a U.S. $1 million funding shortfall that would allow the Special Criminal Court for war-ravaged Central African Republic (CAR) to keep operating.

That request comes with the release of a report on Wednesday by Human Rights Watch, which calls on Canada and several countries to help preserve the underfunded court, which is widely viewed as a key part of the West African country's reconciliation process after years of sectarian violence that started in 2013.

7/27/2019

On Monday, an International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor wrapped up a six-day trip to Bangladesh and Rohingya refugee camps in the Southeast, as part of preparations for a potential ICC investigation into alleged crimes of humanity against Rohingya by Myanmar’s military.

Deputy ICC Prosecutor James Stewart left the country after leading a delegation from the Hague-based court, according to officials with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ICC team met with refugees at Rohingya camps over the weekend.

7/27/2019

International prosecutors questioned Kosovo's outgoing prime minister and wartime guerrilla commander Ramush Haradinaj on Wednesday in the latest in a series of war crimes proceedings against him.

Haradinaj, 51, resigned last week as prime minister after being summoned by the court.

Created in 2015, the tribunal investigates crimes allegedly committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) against Serbs, Roma, and ethnic Albanian political opponents during and after the 1998-1999 war.

7/27/2019

Facing increased criticism over the poor performance of the Palestinian judiciary, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday dissolved the West Bank-based High Judicial Council (HJC).

The HJC’s mission includes enhancing the independence of judges and ensuring their transparency and efficiency, as well as improving court performance and facilitating case proceedings.

According to the PA’s official news agency, Wafa, Abbas’s move came in light of the steady decline of public confidence in the performance of the Palestinian judiciary.

7/24/2019

The Dutch Supreme Court upheld Friday a lower court’s ruling that the Netherlands is partially liable in the deaths of some 350 Muslim men who were murdered by Bosnian Serb forces during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

The Netherlands’ highest court ruled that Dutch United Nations peacekeepers evacuated the men from their military base near Srebrenica on July 13, 1995, despite knowing that they “were in serious jeopardy of being abused and murdered” by Bosnian Serb forces.

7/24/2019

Two years after the Australian government rejected a landmark plan to officially recognize indigenous people in the country's constitution, a top official said he will move forward with a national referendum on the issue.

7/24/2019

The Nepalese civil war, which ended after a peace deal was brokered between the government and Maoist insurgents in 2006, left over 17,000 people dead. About 1,530 people went missing and more than 8,000 were injured or suffered physical disabilities.

The former rebels have led or formed part of the government in Kathmandu on several occasions. Despite the peace deal and promise to investigate war crimes — extrajudicial killings, torture, and sexual violence — not a single perpetrator has been punished.

7/24/2019

The chief prosecutor of a UN tribunal on Wednesday accused South Africa of failing to co-operate in the arrest of a fugitive sought over his role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

“Since August of last year, my office has been seeking urgent cooperation from South Africa in relation to the arrest of a fugitive located on its territory,” said Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor of the UN’s International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.

7/24/2019

A judge ruled Thursday that 17 former members of El Salvador’s military, including ex-leaders of the armed forces, will also face charges of torture, forced disappearance, and forced displacement related to the 1981 El Mozote massacre, a gruesome point in the country’s civil war.

The new charges encompass alleged crimes against humanity stemming from the incident in the early years of the conflict, according to the ruling in San Francisco Gotera, a town northeast of the capital. The defendants already were on trial on charges that include murder, rape, theft, and terrorism.

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