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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.

December 12, 2019
Advocacy update

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.

December 03, 2019
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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.

October 29, 2019
Advocacy update

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.

August 22, 2019
Advocacy update

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.

June 3, 2019
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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.

June 3, 2019
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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.

March 27, 2019
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Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes German Arrests of Syrian Atrocity Crime Suspects

The Justice Initiative has been working with the Commission for International Justice and Accountability to build a case dossier against one of the men arrested, who is a former senior Syrian intelligence official.

February 13, 2019
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