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Colombia’s constitutional court ruled Wednesday that the coming three governments are legally bound to executing a peace deal made with FARC guerrillas last year.

The judicial shield for the peace process is a relief for President Juan Manuel Santos, who spent most of his two terms in office negotiating and executing peace after more than half a century of armed conflict with the rebels.



Sri Lanka's president has vowed to protect a former army chief accused of crimes committed in the bloody final phase of the country's civil war.

"I state very clearly that I will not allow anyone in the world to touch Jagath Jayasuriya or any other military chief or any war hero in this country," President Maithripala Sirisena said on Sunday, addressing a convention of his Sri Lanka Freedom Party.


Opposition groups in Tunisia have raised the alarm after parliament passed an amnesty law for officials accused of corruption under the toppled dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

The law was passed on Wednesday evening after a rowdy debate in parliament. In a recent cabinet reshuffle, Ben Ali-era officials were appointed as ministers of finance and education.

The reshuffle was seen as strengthening President Beji Caid Essebsi’s grip on power months before Tunisia’s first post-revolution municipal polls.


The International Center for Transitional Justice denounces the passage of Tunisia’s deeply flawed “Administrative Reconciliation” law, which grants amnesty to public officials who were involved in corruption during the dictatorship but who claim they did not personally gain from it.


Iraq is asking the U.N. Security Council for assistance in collecting evidence to prosecute extremists from the Islamic State group for possible crimes against humanity.

Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said in a letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated Wednesday that his government and the United Kingdom are working on a draft Security Council resolution seeking assistance.


Colombia’s transitional justice system has receives more than 2,000 applications of law experts who hope to be appointed to fill one of the 51 posts in the war crimes tribunal and truth commission.

The number of magistrates to be picked for the transitional system is almost as large as the total number of magistrates currently working in one of Colombia’s high courts, reported weekly Semana.

The job ahead is titanic. Colombia’s 52-year armed conflict between the State and the Marxist FARC rebels has left millions of victims and tens of thousands alleged war criminals.


Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for a Libyan National Army (LNA)commander accused over the alleged execution of dozens of prisoners.

Prosecutors at the world's permanent war crimes court are seeking Mahmoud al-Werfalli's hand-over to face charges of murder during the armed conflict in Libya.

According to the ICC, Werfalli “is alleged to have directly committed and to have ordered the commission of murder as a war crime” during seven incidents, involving 33 persons in June and July 2017 in and near Benghazi.


A court in the town of Prizren on Thursday remanded Agim Sahitaj in custody for a month over claims that he committed war crimes against the Kosovo Albanian civilian population.

Kosovo’s Special Prosecution alleged that Sahitaj, who was uniformed and armed, acted with Serbian forces in April 1999 as they killed, wounded, beat and harassed Kosovo Albanian civilians, looted their possessions and forcibly expelled them from their homes.


German prosecutors say they've arrested a 29-year-old Syrian man on allegations he committed war crimes as a member of the Islamic State group in his home country.

The federal prosecutor's office said Wednesday that Fares A. B., whose last name wasn't released in line with privacy laws, is also accused of membership in a terrorist organization.

Prosecutors allege that he joined the Nusra Front extremist organization in 2013, and then moved to IS in 2014.


Relatives of victims of Northern Ireland's deadliest bombing are suing the police over alleged failings they say allowed the killers to escape justice.

Families belonging to the Omagh Support and Self Help Group have issued a writ against George Hamilton, chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

A car bomb planted by IRA dissidents exploded amid shoppers, workers and tourists in the town of Omagh on Aug. 15, 1998, killing 29 people.