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FARC revelations on three political murders: a test for Colombia
The former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia dropped a bombshell, last month, claiming responsibility over the murders of three high-profile public officials in the 1990s.…
Colombians pressure FARC into admitting child soldiers
Last month, Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace – known as JEP – has decided to allow public preliminary hearings. This has helped former members of…
Kabuga’s transfer to the Mechanism: Is it the right thing to do?
The surprise arrest in May of an old Rwandan man, soon after the end of lockdown in a chic Paris suburb, is having knock-on consequences.…
Why the Dutch are threatening to take Syria to court
To the surprise and satisfaction of all those who are campaigning to hold Bashar al-Assad’s regime to account, the Netherlands, best known for its appetite…
Colombia: The Hall of Never Again sends out distress signals
The Hall of Never Again is one of Colombia’s best known memorials. It was conceived by victims of the civil war in Granada, a town…
Colombia: Uribe vs transitional justice
Former president Alvaro Uribe, Colombia’s most powerful politician and a staunch opponent to the 2016 peace deal, was placed under house early this month for…
Why Colombia’s TRC lacks business support
Two major oil companies presented, on July 30, 2020, a report to Colombia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, documenting more than 3,600 attacks on oil infrastructures…
How Covid-19 can derail reparations in Colombia’s Amazon
The Covid-19 pandemic is devastating the entire Amazon basin, just as one of Colombia’s most ambitious redress programs for indigenous victims in this remote rainforest…
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 –…
The Colombian transitional justice’s paramilitary dilemma
Colombia’s transitional justice has a seemingly clear mission, to prosecute former members of the FARC and of the military who committed war crimes during the…
Covid-19 pushes reparations further away in Colombia
The Covid-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the work of Colombia’s transitional justice since the country went into mandatory lockdown at the end of March. While…
FARC’s kidnappings: from “retention” to criminal confinement
The legal case on kidnappings by FARC will be a major test for Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace – the judicial arm of the country’s…
Political tussle over truth and memory in Colombia
Truth is purportedly the first casualty of war. It is also the object of constant wrangling in Colombia’s transition. While many Colombians are looking towards…
MH17: Why the Dutch ruled out war crimes charges
Three Russians and one Ukrainian are prosecuted by a Dutch court for the shooting down of a civilian aircraft in July 2014, killing all 298…
Looking for ways to address war crimes in Yemen
Up until now, the war in Yemen has not noticeably been a major focus for war crimes accountability campaigners. But in recent months some specific…
Will Colombia’s FARC be allowed to clear mines to repair their victims?
Colombian victims want to see the former guerrillas clearing landmines. The government less so. Delays, bureaucratic hurdles and the government’s lack of urgency are preventing…
Can 8,9 million victims have a say in Colombia’s transitional justice?
The way Kankuamo Indians got together two weeks ago, in northern Colombia, to review videos in which military described extra-judicial executions gives an insight into…
What penalties? Colombia’s justice challenge in 2020
Three years after the peace accords were signed, Colombians still ponder what sanctions will be applied to ex-FARC and members of Armed Forces. Colombia’s Special…
Pass the parcel at the ICC
The Assembly of State Parties of the International Criminal Court took place last week. It essentially came up with the creation of a 9-member expert…