National Prosecutions

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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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.

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