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A special war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced two more men to death after finding them guilty of killing, kidnapping and looting during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

There is no scope of debate over the number of people martyred during the Liberation War, says the International War Crimes Tribunal after doubts expressed by BNP chief Khaleda Zia triggered howls of protests.

The observation came in its latest verdict against former Razakar commander from Netrokona, Abu Taher and member Ataur Rahman Noni, who were sentenced to death on Tuesday.

“Three million people laid (down) their lives, hundreds of thousands women sacrificed their supreme honour for the cause of freeing their dear motherland Bangladesh,” it was said during the verdict. “This settled history is now indisputably mingled with the nation's holy emotion and the glory of the war of the liberation through which the nation achieved its motherland 'Bangladesh'."

The Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons has forwarded a draft bill to the government to criminalise the act of disappearance with retrospective applications aiming at conflict-era cases.

The government had formed the commission without drafting the law to criminalise the disappearance, ignoring the Supreme Court order. This had raised question over the government’s intention to form toothless transitional justice body. The human rights community, victim organisations and international community had been raising the issue of criminalising disappearances in various forums.
The government had been ignoring the Supreme Court order to criminalise the disappearances and to amend the Transitional Justice Act. The commission would have limited jurisdiction without the act. Besides, Nepal is a signatory to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

The Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver the verdict in the case of former Congolese rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo on March 21 in open session, the Court announced Tuesday.

Bemba, ex-president and commander-in-chief of the Mouvement de Liberation du Congo (MLC), "is allegedly criminally responsible, as a military commander, for two counts of crimes against humanity (murder and rape) and three counts of war crimes (murder, rape and pillaging) allegedly committed in the context of the situation in Central African Republic in 2002-2003," said the ICC.

South Sudan’s main rebel movement said it will push ahead with a delayed power-sharing deal to end a two-year civil war even as it opposes the government raising the number of regional states to 28 from 10.

Members of the African Union have backed a Kenyan proposal to push for withdrawal from the international criminal court, repeating claims that it unfairly targets the continent.

The first freely elected parliament in Myanmar for 50 years has held its opening session.

President Aquino has practically raised the white flag on his bid for Congress to enact his supposed legacy bill which is the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as he ordered the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to undertake special efforts to ensure a peace agreement with Muslim rebels is implemented even after his term ends this year.

Defence lawyers for fallen Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo on Monday accused his bitter rival President Alassane Ouattara of seizing power by force aided by former colonial power France, after disputed 2010 polls.

El alto comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, dijo hoy que nadie debería considerar amnistiar a las personas que hayan cometido crímenes de guerra y crímenes contra la humanidad en el conflicto sirio.

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