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Bangui, May 25, 2015 (FH) – The Central African Republic (CAR) wants to learn lessons from the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC), set up within the Senegalese justice system to try former Chadian president Hissène Habré.
Arusha, May 22, 2015 (FH) – The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Wednesday put a final end to Charles Taylor’s bid to be moved from a jail in the UK to one in Rwanda. The convicted former Liberian president is serving a 50-year prison sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Arusha, May 21, 2015 (FH) – Torture, muffling victims’ cries of pain, removing their bodies in the night: these are some of the accusations against the youth of the ruling party in Burundi. The warning comes in a letter signed by prominent civil society and political figures, including two former presidents.
The Hague, May 12, 2015 (FH) – Mathieu Ngudjolo, the first person to be acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), was on Monday forcibly sent back to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The ICC and Dutch authorities dismissed fears that his security would be in danger if he went back.
8.05.15 - ICC/CÔTE D'IVOIRE – TRIAL OF LAURENT GBAGBO AND HIS EX-MINISTER BLÉ GOUDÉ TO START IN NOVEMBER
Arusha, May 8, 2015 (FH) – The crimes against humanity trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and former Youth Minister Charles Blé Goudé is to start on November 10, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced.
Arusha, May 6, 2015 (FH) – Chadian ex-president Hissène Habré’s trial before a special court in Senegal looks set to become reality, after judges were sworn in at the end of April to try his case. Habré is accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture.
Arusha, April 28, 2015 – Burundi’s “born-again” president Pierre Nkurunziza is accused of violating the 2000 Arusha peace accords and the Constitution adopted five years later, but he is turning a deaf ear. Several people have now died in protests following news that Nkurunziza would run for a third term in June elections.
Bangui, April 25, 2015 (FH) – The Central African Republic is to set up a Special Criminal Court to try serious crimes committed in that country. Members of the transitional parliament on Wednesday approved a law to establish the Court.
Arusha, April 22, 2015 (FH) – Ex-Family Affairs Minister Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the only woman tried by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), on Wednesday asked her appeals judges to acquit her, saying she could never have committed the “abominable crimes” for which the lower court convicted her.
Bugesera (southeast Rwanda), April 21, 2015 (FH) - “Kayitesi Alice, Mukagasana Vénantia, Sebigimba André, Semutabaruka Straton… ”. Names of men and women engraved on memorial tablets erected on the banks of a moving swamp in Ntarama which consumed more than 2,000 Tutsis during the 1994 genocide.
Arusha, April 14, 2015 (FH) - Lawyers for Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the only woman held by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), on Tuesday called for her to be acquitted on appeal.
Arusha, April 12, 2015 (FH) – The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) will on Tuesday start hearing appeals in its last case, involving six personalities from the southern former province of Butare. The six include former Family Affairs Minister Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the only woman to be tried by the Tribunal.
Arusha, April 9, 2015 (FH) – Rwandan authorities have greeted with cautious satisfaction France’s announcement that it is declassifying presidential archives on the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Meanwhile, some Rwandan researchers remain sceptical.
8.04.15 - ICC/ ISLAMIC STATE – ICC PROSECUTOR SAYS HER LEGAL BASIS TOO SLIM TO INVESTIGATE ISLAMIC STATE
Arusha, April 8, 2015 (FH) – International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Wednesday that she does not currently have enough legal basis for opening a preliminary examination into crimes committed by the so-called Islamic State (IS, or Daesh) in Iraq and Syria.
Kigali, April 7, 2015 (FH) – “What we are giving them, what we are doing is very little compared with their gestures of humanity towards us,” says Charles Habonimana, head of the Groupe des anciens étudiants et élèves rescapés du génocide (GAERG), an association of student survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. “It is to recognize that they were a light amidst the shadows of death.”
Arusha, March 31, 2015 (FH) - Joan Kagezi, the Ugandan prosecutor in charge of trying suspected terrorists who killed 76 people in Kampala in 2010, was shot dead on Monday night by armed men.
Arusha, March 25, 2015 (FH) – A court in Chad on Wednesday sentenced seven former members of Hissène Habré’s security services to life in jail for murder and torture. Ex-president Habré is detained in Dakar, Senegal, where he is also awaiting trial.
Arusha, March 20, 2015 (FH) – International Criminal Court (ICC) judges in charge of trying former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda have proposed to hold his trial opening in Bunia, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, close to where his alleged crimes were committed. If approved, this would be the first time any part of an ICC trial has been moved away from the Court’s headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands.
Geneva, March 19, 2015 (2015) – The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have committed crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Iraq, a UN report said Thursday. It said evidence "strongly suggests" that ISIL perpetrated genocide against the Yazidi community, with intent to destroy Yazidis as a group.