National Prosecutions

7/5/2017

A peoples tribunal on the atrocities and state crimes against the Rohingya, Kachins and other ethnic minority groups in Myanmar will be held at Universiti Malaya in September.

The opinion tribunal, the Rome-based Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT) held its inaugural meeting in the University of London earlier this year in March. The tribunal had urged the United Nations and the Asean to take swift action and effective measures to stop these crimes against the Rohingya's and the Kachins.

7/5/2017

Genocide and war-crimes charges have long shadowed Sudan’s president, sometimes forcing him to scrap or alter travel abroad to avoid the risk of arrest and extradition to the International Criminal Court. Still, Sudan said Monday, he had accepted an invitation to visit Russia next month.

The invitation to the president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, from President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, presents a new test of Mr. Bashir’s defiance of the international court at The Hague, which issued arrest warrants for him years ago over the genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.

6/28/2017

A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday confirmed that the Netherlands was partly liable for the deaths in 1995 of some 300 Muslim males who were expelled from a Dutch U.N. base after the surrounding area was overrun by Bosnian Serb troops.

The ruling by the Hague Appeals Court upheld a 2014 decision that Dutch peacekeepers should have known that the men seeking refuge at the base near Srebrenica would be murdered by Bosnian Serb troops if they were forced to leave -- as they were.

6/28/2017

As United Nations inspectors slammed shut a shipping container filled with rifles, fighters from Colombia’s largest rebel group cheered on Tuesday morning when their leader declared that they had laid down their arms after 52 years of guerrilla war.

It may yet be some time before every weapon the rebels fired in Colombia is accounted for. But the ceremony signaled to the country that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish initials as the FARC, would no longer threaten Colombians as it had for generations.

6/23/2017

One of the two surviving leaders of Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge has denied he had anything to do with the group's atrocities.

Former president Khieu Samphan, who is 85, delivered his final statement Friday to the U.N.-backed tribunal in Cambodia.

He is charged with crimes against humanity and genocide.

"The term 'murder,' I categorically reject it," Khieu Samphan said.He said the "idea of Cambodian genocide" was invented by Vietnam to justify its invasion of Cambodia.

6/23/2017

The chief of operations at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Robert Reid, told the panel discussion in the Bosnian capital on Friday that amassing evidence was the key to successful cases at the UN court in The Hague.

“The question is, how did we open investigations? The answer is simple. We went to wherever evidence led us,” Reid said.

6/22/2017

The London-based Tamil Diaspora organization, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) today reiterated its call to include international judges in the proposed transitional justice mechanism after a damaging report by the former UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto was tabled at the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Senior Associate, Reparative Justice Program

6/19/2017

Chile has shown slow but steady progress on ​criminal justice​​. Two recent court decisions convicted a total of 139 ​state ​agents for their roles in the enforced disappearances of 21 Chileans. The rulings – one handed down by the Supreme Court, the other by a first instance judge – highlight the growing momentum towards obtaining justice for victims of the 1973-1990 dictatorship​.​

6/19/2017

A Spanish court is to investigate allegations that nine members of the Syrian regime committed “state terrorism” by kidnapping, torturing and murdering a truck driver who disappeared in Damascus four years ago.

The landmark case – the first criminal complaint accepted against President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces by a European court – has been brought on behalf of the victim’s sister, a Spanish citizen who lives in Madrid.

6/19/2017

The daughter of Peru's former dictator Alberto Fujimori stated Sunday that her father will soon be released from prison because he never kidnapped anyone and yet was sentenced, in 2009, to 25 years in prison over charges of serious human rights violations during his 10-year term.

Keiko Fujimori, who ran a failed presidential campaign in 2016, reported at a meeting in San Juan de Lurigancho district that the second superior court in Lima agreed to review the habeas corpus meant to release her father from jail, which she presented after it was rejected by a previous court.

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