National Prosecutions


A UN human rights expert is calling on Iraq to ensure that the prosecution of the ISIL leadership is conducted in a transparent, fair, and thorough manner with the participation of victims in the legal process. Ms. Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, says that hasty and collective death sentences for four ISIL leaders only did the country a disservice.


A week before the incumbent officials of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons step down, conflict victims in Nepal, represented by Conflict Victims Common Platform and Conflict Victims National Network, have warned that they will not accept the selection of new officials without proper consultation.


The chief presidential advisor on human rights, Francisco Barbosa, revealed that if Congress rejects President Ivan Duque’s objections to the statutory law that established the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), the president will approve the law.

“The country should know that if the objections are rejected, the president of the Republic will comply with the Constitution and approve the statutory law,” Barbosa said.


The Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) has finally endorsed the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report and the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court. The TRC report was completed in 2009, but it took the National Legislature over a decade to agree on its implementation.

The decision was reached following tense debate among 94 delegates at the end of the LNBA General Assembly. During the event, 86 out of the 94 voted for the implementation of the document. Four voted against implementation and four abstained from the process.


A report by the Instance Verité et Dignité (IVD), or Truth and Dignity Commission, details President Beji Caid Essebsi’s alleged responsibility for crimes committed while serving as a minister in the regime of Habib Bourguiba. It also alleges extensive corruption by the former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, his extended family, and wider network, including the misuse of public funds, enforced disappearances, and torture committed under his rule.


Prosecutors in Uganda’s first war crimes case allege that Thomas Kwoyelo, a colonel in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and his men, abducted children, stole animals, and massacred civilians. He pleads not guilty on all 93 counts, which include charges for murder, rape, and enslavement.


Only one former British paratrooper is to be charged in connection with the killings of civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest days of sectarian violence between Northern Ireland and the UK known as the Troubles. The decision drew dismay and calls for accountability from the families who lost loved ones more than 40 years ago. Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service announced the decision after relatives of the 13 people who died on Bloody Sunday marched together through the streets of Derry, where the victims fell, as a symbol of their demand for justice.

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 The International Criminal Court is likely to continue investigating President Rodrigo Duterte for alleged crimes against humanity even after the Philippines' withdrawal from the tribunal takes effect a week from now, a rights lawyer said Sunday.

The Hague-based ICC launched last year a preliminary examination into Duterte's supposed role in the alleged death squad killings in Davao City, where he ruled as mayor for over 2 decades. He is facing a separate complaint before the court over his anti-narcotics drive that has killed thousands.


In December 2018, we mourned the loss of ICTJ's founder, Alex Boraine. On December 12, Fernando Travesí sat down for an intimate conversation with Vincent Mai—ICTJ’s first chairman—to learn more about a life that we will continue to commemorate in the months and years to come.


The Working Group on Transitional Justice and SDG16+ calls on the international community, including policymakers, donors, and practitioners, to: