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An outdoor trial with lawyers, military, civilians and the public standing around
In Congo, Mihonya trial shows link between environmental and war crimes
A former army captain who deserted to form a militia in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was sentenced on September 21 to life in…
Taliban fighter posing in front of Taliban flags
Afghanistan: ICC more than ever at a standstill
With takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the nearly impossible International Criminal Court investigation into war crimes has taken another blow. What are the options…
Statue représentant Rumben Um
Cameroon: Um Nyobè, a hero and symbol of French colonial crimes
Exactly 63 years ago, on September 13, 1958, Ruben Um Nyobè was shot by the French army. Perpetrated in the context of a “secret war”…
Stanisic and Simatovic at the UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague
Stanisic and Simatovic: slim convictions in longest running Yugoslav trial
On June 30, a former head of Serbian state security and his subordinate were convicted for crimes in just one Bosnian town, and sentenced to…
Families of the victims of the Ballymurphy massacre (Northern Ireland)
The bumpy road of truth-seeking in Northern Ireland
A two and half year investigation has just concluded on the complete innocence of ten civilians who were killed by the British army in 1971…
Genocide survivor in Bisesero, Rwanda
French president asks forgiveness from Rwandan genocide survivors
The French president began a visit to Rwanda on May 27. This historic visit should mark a new step to normalising relations between Paris and…
Babies and nuns in Ireland
Whitewashing the sins of the state and the church in Ireland
In January, the report of an enquiry in the history of Ireland’s mother and baby homes was published. It intended to draw a line under…
Béatrice Munyenyzezi escorted by police officers in Kigali
Pauline, Shalom and Béatrice: genocide as a family affair in Butare
An emblematic family is back in the news, as Rwandan courts prepare to open the trial of Béatrice Munyenyezi, who was extradited from the United…
ICC prosecutor elections: 3 finalists (Karim Khan, Fergal Gaynor and Carlos Castresana)
Last men standing for the ICC prosecutor election
If no consensus is found today there will be a vote. This Monday, the States Parties to the International Criminal Court meet again virtually to…
Sheka gets life in jail in landmark Congolese judgment
On 23 November, Congolese military justice sentenced former militia leader Ntabo Ntaberi, alias Sheka, to life for war crimes. This is a major success for…
Belgium: the money changer, the militiaman and the Rwandan academic
There have been a series of arrests in Europe in recent months of Rwandans accused of participating in the 1994 genocide. After Félicien Kabuga in…
The good and bad manners of Nigeria towards the ICC
Nigeria is no doubt the African state that sent the strongest message supporting the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the American president announced sanctions against…
The ICC is looking for a new prosecutor – and it starts with a surprise
On June 30, the selection committee in charge of submitting candidates for the most important job at the International Criminal Court – the Prosecutor –…
DRC: Lubanga and Katanga freed for peace in Ituri
Two prisoners made famous by the International Criminal Court have both been freed from Makala prison in Kinshasa in the hope of bringing peace to…
Rwanda tribunal residual body fails to catch fugitives
The Mechanism charged with residual tasks of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) lies outside the Tanzanian town of Arusha, and seemingly outside of…
First ICTR review trial for former Rwandan minister Ngirabatware
Augustin Ngirabatware is the first person convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to obtain a review hearing on his judgment. From 16 to…
Congo’s Kasai region demands justice
Three years after the outbreak of bloody violence in the Kasai region, Congolese justice is wavering in tackling it. Tired of waiting, the victims are…
Judges urge France to take acquitted Rwandan
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda received cooperation from States to arrest the 73 people it tried, but when it closed in December 2015, it…
Rwanda: More cases in run-up to 25th genocide anniversary
In December, Belgium and France made several announcements on cases related to the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Almost 25 years after the massacres that took…