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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.
Civil Society Organizations Call for Emergency Measures to Prevent U.N. Budget Cuts
Eleven regional and international human rights and law organizations are calling for emergency measures to prevent the cancellation of upcoming U.N. human rights committees.
High Court in Ireland Confirms Protections of EU Law in Home Repossession
A ruling from Ireland highest civil court underlines the need for Irish courts to take into account the impact of home repossession on private and family life.
Civil Society Organizations Criticize anti-CICIG statement from OAS Secretary General
Civil society groups express dismay over ‘misguided’ tweet from Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Office of American States, regarding the work of the Guatemala's UN-backed anticorruption commission.
Independent Panel Will Again Assess Candidates to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission
While member states fail to act, civil society groups are again backing an independent review of candidates for one of the world's most influential human rights bodies.
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.
German Court Ruling on U.S. Drone Strikes Leaves Victim’s Son without Redress
A German court has rejected the complaint of a Somali herdsman over the death of his father in a U.S. drone strike in 2012, in a case that highlighted the role of U.S. facilities in Germany in the drone program.