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Why there is a wave of arrests at the Central African Special Court
How can we explain the sudden surge of new cases before the Special Criminal Court (SCC) in the Central African Republic? The mixed court –…
Rights groups urge swift handover of Sudan’s Bashir to ICC
Rights groups pushed Wednesday for the swift handover of Sudan’s ousted strongman Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court after the country’s new authorities pledged…
Five C.African militia chiefs given life terms over war crimes
Five leaders from a predominantly Christian militia in Central African Republic were given life terms on Friday for war crimes and crimes against humanity after…
How was a prominent Syrian Salafist allowed to study in France?
France last week announced the arrest of a prominent member of the Syrian Islamist group Jaysh al-Islam on charges of war crimes and torture, in…
Syria Islamist group urges France to free ex-spokesman
The Syrian Islamist group Jaysh al-Islam on Saturday called on France to release one of its former members days after he was arrested and charged…
France arrests Syrian Islamist on war crimes charges
A senior member of Syrian Islamist armed group Jaysh al-Islam implicated in the disappearance of a prominent activist in 2013 has been arrested in France…
Central African Republic: Day of reckoning for Bangassou militia chiefs
This is one of the most eagerly awaited trials of crimes committed in the Central African Republic since the crisis of 2013. The trial of…
Sudan ‘impunity’ for Darfur crimes must end: rights groups
Human rights groups have called on Sudan’s transitional government to end the “reign of impunity” for war crimes committed in Darfur, nearly 17 years after…
What NGOs expect from the ICC annual meeting
Addressing budgetary issues, pushing for an independent expert review, finding a new prosecutor, selecting new judges (especially women), fighting back threats and sanctions by hostile…
Corporate responsibility in war crimes, a new legal battlefield
NGOs suffered a big setback last week when a French court dismissed a charge against Lafarge of complicity in crimes against humanity in Syria. But…
Criminal complaint targets French bank BNP over Sudan abuses
Victims of war crimes in Sudan filed a criminal complaint Thursday against French lender BNP Paribas, accusing the bank of complicity in torture and genocide…
International criminal justice fails to meet the challenge of environmental crimes
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE DAY SERIES (4/4) Should massive deforestation be considered a crime? The destruction of tropical forests carries with it not only the destruction of…
‘Terminator’ warlord guilty of Congo war crimes
International Criminal Court judges on Monday convicted a Congolese rebel chief nicknamed “Terminator” of war crimes including horrific massacres of civilians, sexual enslavement and recruitment…
‘Terminator’ warlord guilty of Congo atrocities
International Criminal Court judges on Monday convicted a Congolese rebel chief nicknamed “Terminator” of war crimes including massacring civilians and sexual enslavement, in a badly-needed…
In Mali, the truth commission opens the debate on reparations
The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission of Mali (CVJR), initially established in January 2014 for a period of three years, started its work years late…
Is Syria giving universal jurisdiction new life?
Universal jurisdiction is on the upswing, particularly because of the situation in Syria, according to Swiss NGO TRIAL International. In its “Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review”…
CAR’s Special Court ignored by peace deal
A play is currently being staged around Bangui to raise awareness of the role of the Special Criminal Court, which is charged with prosecuting serious…
International crimes: Spotlight on Germany’s war crimes unit
Between 2015 and 2017 Germany’s specialised unit to prosecute international crimes has received more than 4,000 tips of potential war crimes and crimes against humanity.…
C.Africa’s anti-Balaka militia quits disarmament efforts
Two militia groups involved in bloodshed in Central African Republic said Friday they were withdrawing from a disarmament programme following the arrest in France of…