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War in Ethiopia: What chance of justice for serious crimes?
A recent UN report said serious crimes had been committed in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict by all sides, including neighbouring Eritrea which is allied with the…
Kazem Rajavi
Why Switzerland is relaunching an Iranian cold case for “genocide”
The cold case of an Iranian dissident assassinated in Switzerland 30 years ago was ordered reopened on September 27 by the Swiss Federal Criminal Court,…
Bosnia genocide denial ban stirs tension
The outgoing UN High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s rare use of his executive powers to ban genocide denial is causing political waves, including threats…
Pope Francis at the Vatican, accompanied by other church leaders
Church is obstructing justice for clerical child abuse, say UN experts
Last month, the United Nations made public that four of their special human rights rapporteurs have complained to the Vatican about the lack of accountability…
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Bachelet denounces continued inaction on Sri Lanka war crimes
On Tuesday March 23, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a new resolution on Sri Lanka, including a new mandate and budget to collect…
Parliament building in Kathmandu (Nepal)
Is there still hope for Nepal’s flawed transitional justice process?
In some six years, the results of Nepal’s two transitional justice bodies are slim. With former combatants from both sides still in positions of power,…
Australia launches unprecedented war crimes probe
The new Office of the Special Investigator is to start work on January 4. Its job is to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Australian…
World watches as Swiss vote on “responsible business”
On November 29 the Swiss vote on a proposal that would make Swiss-based multinationals accountable for environmental crimes and human rights abuses in relation to…
Restitution of cultural property: Do you have to go to court?
In the era of “Black Lives Matter” and the toppling of colonial statues, there is increased demand for restitution of cultural property seized or looted…
Myanmar Mechanism knocking at Naypyidaw’s door
The UN’s new evidence-gathering body on international crimes in Myanmar, launched a year ago, announced it has started to share information in the Rohingya genocide…
Why Liberia’s TRC archives stay in a US university
July 1 will mark eleven years since Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission published its report. But not only have its main recommendations not been implemented,…
Looking to keep transitional justice archives safe? Call the Swiss
While the Dutch house international courts and support many transitional justice mechanisms around the globe, the Swiss offer the “after care” services by attracting the…
Myanmar: the UN body is building up, and watching
The latest evidence gathering body, located in Geneva, is for Myanmar. It is one of the United Nations’ “International, Impartial, Investigative Mechanisms”. How is this…
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…
Raw truth of Swiss administrative detention finally made public
At least 60,000 people were subject to forced “administrative detentions” or compulsory “welfare” measures, often abused and sexually assaulted, in Switzerland over much of the…
Do we need an international tribunal for Islamic State?
An international tribunal to try foreign fighters of Islamic State (IS) is an idea being discussed by some European States, led by Sweden. But Syrian…
Could the ICC address human trafficking as an international crime?
While reports appeared of migrants in Libyan detention centres being abused and sold into slavery, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said in…
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”…
International Crimes : Spotlight on Switzerland’s war crimes unit
Switzerland’s war crimes unit was set up in 2012, following a change in the law the previous year that transferred responsibility for prosecuting international crimes…