National Prosecutions


The commission that seeks to establish the truth behind Colombia’s half-a-century armed conflict between Marxist FARCguerrillas will be led by a well-respected Jesuit priest.

The president of the commission, Francisco de Roux, has more than 40 years of experience in promoting peace and is one of the men behind the CINEP, an influential Christian think tank.

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The Special Prosecution said on Wednesday that after investigating the claims of several people who alleged that Nenad Rikalo, Kosovo’s new agriculture minister, was involved in the torture of ethnic Albanians during the 1990s war, it has not found any evidence to support the accusations.


The state court in Sarajevo on Monday convicted Savinovic, a former member of the Benko Penavic Convicts’ Battalion of the Croatian Defence Council’s Anti-Terrorist Group, of participating in persecution by committing murders and being involved in the forcible resettlement of Bosniak civilians in the Mostar area from May 1993 to the end of that year.

The verdict said that Savinovic, who was accompanied by three members of the Croatian Defence Council, barged into an apartment where three women and a baby were on July 15, 1993 and took them out.


Ginette Ngarbaye, 52, rises from her seat, leans forward and glares intensely at the ghost of her tormentor.
“I gave him a long, deep look - like this,” she said, recalling how she came face to face with former Chad President Hissène Habré - the man responsible for the worst moments of her life.

Aged 20, she was arrested by Habré’s soldiers, interrogated, tortured and raped – all while pregnant with her first child. Unable to get medical help, she gave birth on the cement floor of her cell, crowded with other women and crawling with insects.


Outraged by governments failures to honor a peace deal with the FARC, rural communities across Colombia have initiated a ‘national strike’ demanding widespread solutions to poverty, violence and drug trafficking.

The strike is the most far-reaching since 2013 when farmers took to the streets decrying abject poverty and negative economic effects of a free trade agreement with the United States.


The Bosnian state court said on Tuesday that since it was set up, it has acquitted 60 Bosnian Serbs of war crimes or genocide - an attempt to counter allegations of bias from Serbs over the acquittal of Naser Oric earlier this month.

Of the 60, more than 50 are former members of the Bosnian Serb Army or Interior Ministry forces in the country’s Republika Srpska entity, while the others are former civilian officials, paramilitary leaders or detention camp guards.


On Oct. 20, Lebanon’s highest court issued a landmark ruling, sentencing two members of the local Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) to death. The verdict marks the end of a decadeslong case that prosecuted Habib Shartouni for the assassination of President-elect Bashir Gemayel during the country’s civil war. For some Lebanese, the sentence provided a sense of justice, while others suspect that political motivations were behind the ruling.


Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi approved Tuesday the basic law on Administrative Reconciliation with the symbols of the former regime, ending the controversy that was referred to him by a constitutional monitoring body for bills after failing to reach a decision.

Three members of the body supported the appeal of this law while other three members approved it. Therefore, the body referred it to the President, who was able to return it to Parliament, which he ratified last month.


A visiting United Nations special rapporteur says that Sri Lanka is nowhere close to where it should be in dealing with allegations of war crimes and other rights violations from its decades-long civil war.

Pablo de Greiff, the special rapporteur for transitional justice, concluded a visit to the island nation on Monday.


When jurors in a U.S. Federal Courthouse in the city of Brotherly Love found former Liberian rebel commander Mohammed Jabbateh, aka "Jungle Jabbah," guilty of two counts of fraud and two counts of perjury for lying to U.S. government officials about his role as a combatant in the Liberian Civil War, last week, it marked the latest in a series of attempts by forces outside Liberia to bring perpetrators of the country's bloody civil war to book.