National Prosecutions

6/15/2018

Palestinian Foreign Minister - Riad Malki - recently signed a document referring Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for “war crimes.” The decision to refer the case the ICC was made after Israeli forces responded to protests in mid-May with live ammunition, leaving at least 58 people dead and nearly 1,360 injured.

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6/15/2018

According to a recent report by Netherland-based Impunity Watch, the transitional justice process in the Balkans is “highly troubled” and must be addressed urgently. The report points out that in recent years war crimes prosecutions are declining, yet nationalist rhetoric persists in politics and daily life.

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6/13/2018

Former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Jean-Pierre Bemba was acquitted and offered interim release by judges at the International Criminal Court. This decision overturns his conviction by the court two years ago for war crimes and crimes against humanity that he and his private army allegedly committed by his private army in the neighboring country of Central African Republic. Bemba’s acquittal and interim release are a blow to the court’s prosecutors, as his case conviction was one of the few they had won since the court was established in 2002

6/12/2018

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) submitted evidence to Colombian authorities in their bid to secure the extradition of a demobilized FARC leader. They claim the FARC leader was still involved in the drug trade as recently as early this year. After the evidence is studied by Colombian authorities, the transitional justice tribunal will decide whether the FARC leader should be excluded from the peace process. The Colombian Supreme Court will then decide if the evidence is sufficient to extradite the FARC leader to the United States.

6/8/2018

Yasmin Sooka, Head of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa and former TRC Commissioner posed a critical question to the nation this week – At what point will the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) indict those at the command level? She was referring to the Ministers, Generals and Commanders of the apartheid era who ordered killings and evaded the TRC. It is a question that can no longer be swept under the carpet any more than it could in Germany after the holocaust or in Chile after Pinochet.

6/8/2018

The Women Monthly Forum in South Sudan is calling for the establishment of a hybrid court to deal with the grave crimes committed against civilians in the country. Activists say there are multiple cases in which soldiers who have been accused of abuses have been arrested and then released without further punishment.

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6/6/2018

The latest commission announced by the Burmese government to investigate human rights abuses in Rakhine State is a “sham” and an attempt to “delay and deflect real justice” says Human Rights Watch.

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6/6/2018

Following a trip by the UN Security Council to Myanmar in April and May, the Council is urging that country’s government to allow international investigators to help in the probe into alleged violations committed against Rohingya Muslims.

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6/6/2018

The Truth and Dignity Commission has brought its first case to court in Tunisia, accusing the former President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and 13 other ex-officials of voluntary homicide in the forced disappearance and murder-by-torture of Kamel Matmati in 1991.

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6/6/2018

The sole survivor of the 2005 murder of 55 West African migrants by a paramilitary force loyal to former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh is leading a campaign to bring the former Gambian leader to justice in Ghana.  

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