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Dates Announced for Trial of Anwar R., Syrian Official Accused of War Crimes
The most important Syria atrocity trial to date is scheduled to begin in Germany on April 23, 2020. The accused is Anwar R., a former high-ranking Syrian official who will stand trial for crimes against humanity.
Swiss Criminal Investigation Targets War Crime of Pillage
Swiss prosecutors are investigating the alleged illegal trade of minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, following a complaint filed by TRIAL International and the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Over 40 NGOs Urge Reform Action on ICC Member States
Civil society organizations from around the world are urging member states of the International Criminal Court to take concrete steps towards reforming and strengthening the Court’s performance.
German Prosecutors Charge Syrian Atrocity Crime Suspects
The trial of the two men will be the first international prosecution focusing on the widespread use of torture by the regime of Syria’s President Bashir al-Assad.
Justice Initiative Joins Calls to Defend Legacy of Guatemala's CICIG
The Justice Initiative joined over 200 organizations in a public statement, calling on Guatemala's new government to safeguard the advances of CICIG, the U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission.
NGOs Challenge Sweden's Proposal for an ISIS-only War Crimes Tribunal
Seven international and Syrian NGOs are warning against the idea of an atrocity court that would focus only on ISIS, and not on crimes committed by all sides in Syria's civil war.
German and Belgian Prosecutors Urged to Investigate Chemical Shipments to Syria
Three groups working on accountability for atrocity crimes have filed criminal complaints with prosecutors in Antwerp, Hamburg and Essen over shipments to Syria of restricted chemicals in 2014.
Reported 2014 Chemical Shipments to Syria Raise Questions over EU Sanctions
Three groups are questioning the failure of European Union sanctions to prevent the reported shipment to Syria in 2014 of chemicals that can be used to produce sarin and VX gas.