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International Criminal Court (ICC) appeals judges have ordered a review into whether Laurent Gbagbo, the former Ivory Coast president, should be released from detention while his long-running trial continues on crimes-against-humanity charges.

Presiding Judge Piotr Hofmanski on Wednesday struck down a decision by trial judges denying the 72-year-old Gbagbo interim release.

Gbagbo has been in The Hague-based ICC's detention unit since late 2011 and will remain jailed pending the review.


When the Nuremberg War Trial began more than 70 years ago, it marked a watershed moment in international law. For the first time, an international tribunal held a trial for the punishment for crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and conspiracy to commit these crimes.


The European Union (EU) will allocate 1.5 million euro for the work of an independent commission created by the decision of the UN General Assembly to investigate war crimes in Syria, statement issued by the European Commission on July 19 said.

"As the European Union, we reaffirm our commitment and support to the Syrian people, as well as the political process under the auspices of the United Nations, aimed at political settlement of the crisis," TASS quoted EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogerini.


Bring General Rios Montt and other high ranking members of the military to trial in the Guatemalan courts for genocide? In 1999 it was a noble dream for justice, but one with little apparent possibility of ever coming true. On International Justice Day, walk the long path to justice that led to this historic trial.


The Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Centre said in a report launched on Thursday that it has identified 30 Bosniak refugees who crossed the border seeking shelter in Yugoslavia after the July 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, but were handed over to Bosnian Serb forces, who killed at least 15 of them.

Nine of the Bosniaks are still listed as missing and six survived.

At the launch of the Humanitarian Law Centre report in Belgrade, one of the survivors, Muhamed Avdic, recalled how he lost his father, Azem, who remains listed as a missing person.


Jovica Stanisic’s defence lawyer Wayne Jordash on Wednesday disputed a prosecution witness’s claim that the Serbian State Security Service supplied arms to the self-proclaimed Serb Autonomous Region of Krajina rebel statelet in Croatia in 1991.

Stanisic and his assistant at the Serbian State Security Service, Franko Simatovic, also known as Frenki, are being retried at the Mechanism for International Tribunals in The Hague for the persecution, murders, deportations and forcible resettlement of Croat and Bosniak civilians during the wars in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Dozens of civil society organizations have presented a report to the International Criminal Court in The Hague in hopes it will lead to an investigation of possible crimes against humanity in northern Mexico.

The report focuses on the state of Coahuila, which borders Texas. It documents crimes including the use of a prison in the city of Piedras Negras by the Zetas drug cartel to dispose of its enemies.

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While during the armed conflict with the FARC Colombia’s impunity rate reached almost 99%, the country’s prosecution said it has solved more than half of the homicides on rights leaders reported by the United Nations.

“Of the 87 crimes reported by the international organization” that is monitoring the peace process “there is significant progress in 45 of these investigations,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a press release.

According to the prosecution, its investigations has led to five sentences while another 31 are in court.


Colombia’s former president Alvaro Uribe, implicated in multiple war crime investigations, on Tuesday urged the country’s impending war crimes tribunal to only seek justice for crimes committed by the FARC.

Uribe, who was president between 2002 and 2010, demanded on Twitter that members of the police, the army and civilians allegedly involved in war crimes be excluded from the special tribunal that is being set up to bring justice to the country’s 8 million victims of Colombia’s five-decade long armed conflict.


The Philippines' anti-graft agency ordered on Friday the filing of criminal charges against former president Benigno Aquino over a botched raid two years ago on a militant hideout that led to the deaths of 44 police commandos.

The mission to arrest two al Qaeda-linked militants on the southern island of Mindanao went disastrously wrong when police Special Action Force commandos were ambushed and outnumbered by rebel gunmen, in what was the biggest crisis of Aquino's 2010-2016 presidency.