Georgia


    “If the ICC fails in Georgia, it will be the same in Afghanistan and Palestine"
    05.07.17
    Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague

    Lawyer Nika Jeiranashvili has been based in The Hague for the Open Society for nearly a year monitoring progress of the Georgia case before the International Criminal Court (ICC). In January 2016, ICC judges authorized the opening of an investigation into crimes committed during the lightning Russo-Georgian war of summer 2008. But the Open Society lawyer thinks the ICC lacks a strategy and has not yet realized all the challenges it faces. Nika Jeiranashvili Justice Info: You have criticized the ICC Registry for lack of strategy on Georgia and the fact that the Court still does not have...

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    Georgia Becomes First ICC Case Out of Africa
    17.02.16
    Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague

    On January 27, judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) authorized Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to start an investigation into crimes committed during the Russo-Georgian war of summer 2008. This will be the first prosecution investigation outside Africa. The decision is backed by NGOs in Georgia and community representatives in displaced people’s camps. When asked by the Court whether they would support an investigation, 6,284 victims said yes, whilst only 51 said no because they fear reprisals. So now the Court is looking at war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in and...

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    Transitional justice in post-USSR region : stuck on the bridge over the Inguri River in Abkhazia

    From Sukhumi, Abkhazia “Geneva peace talks are not leading to any conclusions. It is just a false assumption that we can live -again- alongside Georgians. It cannot come true” – Ruslan, a veteran of the 1992-1993 Abkhazian-Georgian war is clear when it comes to the future relations between these two Caucasus neighbors. He is an Abkhazian patriot, full of reluctance towards people from Georgia, dreaming of an independent state - his place on earth, but also on the geopolitical map of Euroasia. Long way to go… Ruslan is a citizen of Abkhazia, the so-called quasi-state, formally still an...

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    ICC prosecutor to probe 2008 alleged war crimes in Georgia
    27.01.16
    AFP

    Judges at the International Criminal Court Wednesday gave its prosecutor a green light to launch a new inquiry into allegations of war crimes during a brief but bloody 2008 war between Russia and Georgia. It will be the first probe by the world's only permanent war crimes court into accusations of abuses by Russia, and also the first by the ICC to examine conflicts outside of Africa. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had formally requested in October to be allowed to open a full investigation into the 2008 war in South Ossetia. She told judges then that preliminary findings had found evidence of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. A panel of three judges agreed with her Wednesday...

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