Sexual violence in conflict: how international guidelines can help investigators

Sexual violence in conflict: how international guidelines can help investigators
Julia Crawford, JusticeInfo
18.06.18
Julia Crawford, JusticeInfo

Swiss NGO TRIAL International, a partner of JusticeInfo that supports victims of international crimes, is putting the spotlight on sexual violence in conflict at a series of events in Geneva on June 18-19 to mark its fifteenth anniversary. Among the participants is Danaé van der Straten Ponthoz, who has in particular worked with TRIAL and the UK...

Read more

COUNTRY FOCUS

War-ravaged South Sudan at a glance
AFP 19.06 - South Sudan, the world's newest country, has been mired in a devastating civil war...
Ally of I.Coast president rejects plan for 'unified party'
AFP 18.06 - Ivory Coast's Democratic Party, a member of the ruling coalition, Sunday rejected a...
Bemba can return to DRCongo 'if he wants': govt
AFP 17.06 - Former Democratic Republic of Congo vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba "can return"...
Anti-FARC hardliner Duque closes in on Colombia presidency
AFP 17.06 - Ivan Duque is on course to become Colombia's youngest president in Sunday's run-off...
UK Law Students on Why the ICC Matters
Without information, no reconciliation
I Am Not Who They Think I Am | ICTJ
See more videos

Follow us

This Week

Iraq: Impartial Justice Effort Needed
Iraq: Impartial Justice Effort Needed
01.06.18
Human Rights Watch

A new United Nations investigation of crimes committed by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) in Iraq was not given the mandate that the situation calls for, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 31, 2018, the United Nations secretary-general appointed Karim Khan to head a team tasked with collecting and preserving evidence of serious crimes committed by ISIS in Iraq. The team was created based on a UN Security Council resolution unanimously adopted on September 21, 2017. The resolution mandates the investigative team to document serious crimes committed by ISIS but failed to include...

Read more
Feasible Justice: Has Colombia Over-Promised and Under-Delivered Reparations for its 8.6 Million Victims?
Feasible Justice: Has Colombia Over-Promised and Under-Delivered Reparations for its 8.6 Million Victims?
12.06.18
Julia Zulver, University of Oxford

 Colombia’s unprecedented reparations programme guarantees financial, land restitution, and holistic benefits for millions of victims. With only 7% payment to date, however, the government faces the challenge of making good on promises to its citizenry, undermining the potential for building lasting peace. In 2016, after four years of official negotiations, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP, Spanish acronym) were finally able to negotiate a definitive peace, and the country is now in a full-scale transition away from its violent past. The...

Read more
DRC's Jean-Pierre Bemba: key dates
12.06.18
AFP

Key dates of DR Congo's Jean-Pierre Bemba, acquitted on appeal on warcrimes charges by the International Criminal Court (ICC), and whose interim release was ordered on Tuesday: - November 4, 1962: Born in Bogada in the northwest Equateur province, his father was a rich businessman close to former dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. - 1997: Leaves Kinshasa when the late rebel leader Laurent Desire Kabila overthrows Mobutu. - 1998: Founds the rebel Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), backed by neighbouring Uganda and opposed to the Kabila regime. - October 2002-March 2003: Sends his private militiamen to the Central African Republic to help put down a coup against then president...

Read more
Pay more attention to witness protection and reparations, says sexual violence expert
Pay more attention to witness protection and reparations, says sexual violence expert
16.06.18
Julia Crawford, JusticeInfo

Sexual violence in conflict is one of the most important but also hardest crimes to prosecute. Swiss NGO TRIAL International, a partner of JusticeInfo and Fondation Hirondelle that supports victims of international crimes, is putting the spotlight on this at a series of events in Geneva on June 18-19 to mark its fifteenth anniversary.  Kim Thuy Seelinger, director of the sexual violence project at the Human Rights Center of Berkeley University in California, will be among the participants. She spoke to JusticeInfo. JusticeInfo: What are the specific challenges and difficulties of...

Read more

By Region

Jean-Pierre Bemba, former Congolese warlord and Kabila foe
12.06.18
AFP

Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was provisionally freed Tuesday by the International Criminal Court following an acquittal last week, is a former warlord and adversary of Congolese President Joseph Kabila. His interim release relates to a case in which he was handed a one-year jail sentence and fined 300,000 euros ($350,000) in 2017 for bribing witnesses during his main war crimes trial. He is still awaiting sentencing on July 4 in a secondary trial which he lost on appeal. Bemba, a former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo however won his main war crimes trial on appeal in which he was previously convicted and sentenced to 18 years for rapes, killings and looting committed by his militia in the Central African Republic...

Read more
Colombia's new president Ivan Duque is an anti-FARC hardliner
17.06.18
AFP

Ivan Duque's election victory in Colombia makes him the youngest president in his country's modern history, and gives him a strong mandate to overhaul the government's fragile peace deal with the former rebel group FARC. He campaigned on a ticket to rewrite the peace deal signed with the FARC by outgoing center-right president Juan Manuel Santos. His vanquished leftist opponent, Gustavo Petro, supports the deal. A lawyer with a degree in economics, Duque represents many Colombian voters who were outraged by concessions given to the former rebels, including reduced sentences for those who confessed to their crimes. He has vowed to make "structural changes" to the 2016 agreement, which led to the group's disarmament and conversion...

Read more
Lebanon Edges Closer Toward Truth for Families of the Missing and Disappeared
Lebanon Edges Closer Toward Truth for Families of the Missing and Disappeared
07.06.18
Nour El Bejjani Noureddine, ICTJ

Life continues to stand still for the many families of the missing and disappeared in Lebanon who have been desperately trying to uncover the fate of their loved ones and who are holding out hope of seeing them someday. The Lebanese War ended 28 years ago, but for these families the war rages on. During Lebanon’s 15-year civil war, thousands of people went missing or were disappeared without a trace or explanation. Their families have never stopped waiting for answers, answers they fear will never come. The Lebanese government has failed to adequately address the issue of the missing and disappeared due in large part to a post-war amnesty law and a lack of political will. Civil society has resolutely sought to fulfill families’ right...

Read more
Spain's new government to remove Franco's remains from mausoleum
18.06.18
AFP

Spain's new Socialist government is determined to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a vast mausoleum near Madrid and turn it into a place of "reconciliation" for a country still coming to terms with the dictator's legacy. "We don't have a date yet, but the government will do it," Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said late Monday during his first television interview since being sworn in on June 2 after toppling his conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy in a confidence vote. He recalled that a non-binding motion approved last year in parliament called for Franco's remains to be exhumed from the massive Valley of the Fallen mausoleum some 50 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of Madrid and the site turned into a "memorial of the...

Read more