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Did Christopher Columbus commit genocide?
In the United States, statues of the Genoese sailor have been torn down and Columbus Day renamed. Christopher Columbus is now considered responsible for the…
What purpose for a Spanish Truth Commission?
Spain’s Prime Minister has said he wants to establish a Truth Commission on the Franco years. Forty years after dictatorship was replaced by democracy, there…
Week in Review: Gambia, Mali, Tunisia and Iraq
Transitional justice is moving forward in Gambia with the setting up of a Truth Commission.  The Commission’s task will be no less than to “mend…
Salvadoran army colonel faces justice in Spain
He no longer has the same charisma or the same look as he did when he was part of El Salvador’s army élite. At 74,…
Spanish Left demands return to universal jurisdiction
Is the concept of universal jurisdiction, in which Spanish judges used to lead the way, about to come back in Spain? A Bill to this…
Week in Review:Judicial complaint in Spain against Syrian regime sets precedent
Is a first trial in Europe against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad likely? It looks more so after Spanish state prosecutor Javier…
Spanish court receives complaint for “State terrorism” in Syria
French and German judicial authorities have recently been seized of cases against the Bashar Al Assad regime in Syria, which was again denounced this week…
Week in Review: Does extrajudicial killing of “terrorists” threaten rule of law?
The timing may be just a coincidence. But the coincidence this week of a former Guatemalan minister’s trial in Spain for summary executions of eight…
Spanish justice catches up with Guatemalan ex-minister
Former Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Roberto Vielmann, 60, has gone on trial in Spain for the assassination of eight detainees in 2006. The trial before…