National Prosecutions

9/13/2018

Thousands of Tamil families in northern Sri Lanka lost contact with loved ones in the final stretch of the brutal civil war that ended nearly 10 years ago and have yet to hear from them. The Sinhalese-dominated government denies that they are holding people in detention centers or secret prisons, and also dismisses as fabrication that those who disappeared were killed in extrajudicial killings.

9/11/2018

Last week, judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided that the court has jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh. While Myanmar is not a signatory to the ICC, Bangladesh is, and, since an element of the crime (crossing the border) occurred in Bangladesh, the court has ruled it has jurisdiction for this crime. The ruling paves the way for the court to further investigate alleged crimes against humanity committed by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities.

9/11/2018

Yesterday, American National Security Adviser John Bolton called the International Criminal Court (ICC) illegitimate and threatened officials there with sanctions and criminal prosecution over an ICC investigation into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. He also announced the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, DC, because of its calls for an ICC inquiry into Israel.

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9/11/2018

 

In the last few years, hundreds of thousands of Chinese Uighur Muslims have been taken to internment camps where they are forced into a high-pressure indoctrination program, including forced lectures, singing hymns praising the Chinese Communist Party, and writing “self-criticism essays.” Beijing has been long unnerved by the Uighur minority and, since 2014, the government has escalated a crackdown against Islamic practice and orchestrated an unforgiving drive to turn ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities into loyal citizens and supporters of the party.

Senior Expert, Programs

9/11/2018

In July, ICTJ’s Program Director Anna Myriam Roccatello and Senior Transitional Justice Expert Ruben Carranza traveled to Yerevan to meet with civil society organizations, human rights and anti-corruption activists, and key government officials, to join them in exploring strategies for change.

9/10/2018

This report examines attacks on schools in Syria from multiple angles: from the legal implications of such attacks to the everyday impact on students, teachers, families, and society at large. It is the product of Save Syrian Schools, a collaborative project led by 10 Syrian civil society organizations and ICTJ that demands an end to the killing of Syrian children and justice for the bombing of schools.

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Mon, 09/10/2018 - 08:41
Communications Associate, Editor

9/7/2018

A new report on attacks on schools in Syria harnesses documentation to call attention to atrocities and advance storytelling, truth seeking, acknowledgment. It is the product of Save Syrian Schools, a collaborative project led by 10 Syrian civil society organizations and the ICTJ that demands an end to the killing of Syrian children and justice for the bombing of schools.  

9/4/2018

Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office (AG) recently charged 13 former Chiquita executives for financing paramilitary death squads. According to the AG, between 1997 and 2004, executives of the US-based corporation paid $1.7 million to the United Self-Defenders of Colombia, a paramilitary group who are accused of killing 4,335 people, disappearing 1,306 people, and forcibly displacing 1,675 others. The charges are a result of Colombian Prosecutor General Humberto Martinez’s effort to investigate and prosecute corporate funding of paramilitary squads.

9/4/2018

Many families of people who were disappeared during Nepal’s civil war, which pitted Maoist insurgents against the Nepalese government and lasted from 1996 to 2006, have yet to receive compensation as promised by the government. While families who have documented evidence of their loved-ones’ disappearance have had their complaints fully registered, those whose evidence is thought to be lacking are being deprived of compensation.

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8/30/2018

A court in Sri Lanka has ordered the arrest of the country’s top military officer in connection with the abduction and murder of 11 people during the island’s civil war. According to the court Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne helped a navy intelligence officer, who was accused of leading a hit squad in the final years of the country’s brutal civil war, escape prosecution. There have been persistent allegations that senior military personnel and regime figures loyal to the former President were responsible for a number of high-profile murders.

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