National Prosecutions

6/27/2018

A Spanish court has begun the first trial related to thousands of suspected cases of babies stolen from their mothers during the Franco era. Former gynecologist Eduardo Vela is accused of stealing Ines Madrigal from her biological mother and giving her to another woman who he falsely certified as her birth mother. The policy of taking babies from poor families and those who opposed the regime and giving them to affluent, conservative, and devout Roman Catholic families was widespread during Franco era and afterwards.

6/27/2018

Since ISIS’s defeat in Iraq tens of thousands of people accused of fighting for the group sit in Iraqi prisons waiting to face justice. However, accusations of torture to extract false testimony and ten-minute court sessions without evidence or witnesses are rife. Sunni families say Shi’a are using the judiciary to mete out collective retribution for ISIS’s crimes.

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6/27/2018

On Monday the Myanmar military dismissed a general who is alleged to have led the campaign against Rohingya Muslims last year, which the UN described as ethnic cleansing. The military’s decision came soon after the EU and Canada announced sanctions against the general and six other military and police officers. In the government's statement, it said the general was not fired because of his campaign against the Rohyingya, instead the reason given was the general did not respond fast enough to the alleged threat of Rohyingya attacks.

6/27/2018

The Nicaraguan government agreed to an independent international investigation into protests that since April and have left dozens of people dead. The agreement was mediated by the Catholic Church, which brought together the government and various civil society groups. The protestors said they will not remove their barricades - a key government demand - until there are guarantees of compliance by the government. The Bishops said the dialogue toward democratization is expected to continue over the weekend.

Executive Director

6/27/2018

Last week, police opened fire on unarmed protesters, killing three and injuring several others in Faraba Banta, a small town in southwestern Gambia. ICTJ condemns these acts and supports civil society and victims in their call for swift actions ensuring justice, reparations, and an independent investigation into the causes of the attacks.

6/26/2018

ICTJ was pleased to host the newly elected United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence, Fabian Salvioli (Argentina), at its New York office, where he discussed his vision and priorities. 

6/20/2018

The International Criminal Court (ICC) launched a $1.18m fund for victims of a militia once run by Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former Congolese vice-president. The fund was announced after Bemba was acquitted on war-crimes charges at the ICC. The funds will be dispensed to people who suffered at the hands of Bemba’s militia in Central African Republic.

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6/20/2018

Germany’s chief prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Jamil Hassan, one of Syria’s most senior military officials. The charges filed claim that Hassan had command over a vast network of detention centers were thousands are believed to have died because of torture or neglect. The move represents a landmark step for legal efforts to bring members of President Bashar al-Assad’s security apparatus to justice.

6/15/2018

Despite a commitment by Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to investigate and resolve cases of past human rights abuses, the country’s Attorney General recently dismissed a report by the National Commission on Human Rights as “assumptions and opinion.” He went on to cast doubt on the process - and the ability of investigators to conduct a fair inquiry because the abuses occurred decades ago.

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6/15/2018

A court in Argentina has taken up the case of two Spanish families who claim their loved ones were murdered under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco in Spain. Amnesty laws in Spain prohibit investigating crimes committed before 1976. In 2014 an Argentinian judge invoked “universal jurisdiction” to investigate serious rights abuses committed by the Spanish regime.

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