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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
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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
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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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Kyrgyzstan Court Orders Compensation Payment, after UN Human Rights Committee Ruling

A court in Kyrgyzstan has for the first time enforced a ruling of the UN Human Rights Committee independently of any criminal conviction.

October 31, 2018
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Guatemala Must Continue Its Commitment to Combat Corruption and Impunity

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has violated his country’s agreement with the United Nations by preventing the head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) from reentering the country.

September 04, 2018
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Open Society Justice Initiative and Namati Launch Guide to Document Citizenship for Stateless People

A new guidebook, created through a partnership between the Open Society Foundations, Namati, and the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, seeks to help the 1.1 billion people who lack access to crucial identification documents.

June 26, 2018
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