Topic: International Justice

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Rios Montt Genocide Trial: New Website Will Report on Proceedings

The Open Society Justice Initiative is supporting a website project focusing on the genocide trial of Efrain Rios Montt, the former general who ruled Guatemala in the early 1980s.

March 18, 2013
Press release

Time is Running Out for Justice at Khmer Rouge Court

The death of Ieng Sary underscores the need to avoid delays in the trial of the two remaining defendants at Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge court.

March 14, 2013

The Power of Women in Advancing the Cause of Gender Justice

The presence of women on international war crimes tribunals and as advocates for gender justice has played a vital role in the gains seen in the two decades in recognizing rape as a war-crime.

March 07, 2013 | Kelly Askin
Briefing Paper

Laurent Gbagbo: Summaries of ICC Confirmation of Charges Hearing

Legal arguments at the confirmation of charges hearings at the ICC in the case of Laurent Gbagbo, former president of the Ivory Coast.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: Gbagbo-confirmation-day1-eng-02192012.pdf

Coalition on Violence Against Women and Others v. the Attorney-General of Kenya and Others

A group of Kenyan civil society organizations and victims of sexual and gender-based violence have brought a case to the Nairobi High Court against six Kenyan government officials demanding accountability.

Last update: February 20, 2013

ICC Credibility and the Case against Laurent Gbagbo

The opening of hearings in the International Criminal Court's case against Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of Ivory Coast, comes at a critical time for the tribunal.

February 19, 2013 | Alpha Sesay
Briefing Paper

Briefing: ICC Confirmation of Charges Hearing for Laurent Gbagbo

Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Côte d’Ivoire, is accused before the International Criminal Court of crimes against humanity arising from the post-election violence of 2010–2011.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: Gbagbo-confirmation-briefing-02152012.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Police Shootings in Kenya

A group of individuals and civil society organizations are filing a petition in the High Court of Kenya, to compel the Kenyan government to address the police shootings that were part of the 2007/2008 post-election violence.

February 14, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: factsheet-police-shootings-20130213_0.pdf

Citizens Against Violence and Others v. the Attorney General of Kenya and Others

More than 400 Kenyans were shot dead by police during the post-election violence in Kenya in early 2008. Victims have brought a class action constitutional case demanding accountability for the killings.

Last update: February 13, 2013

Why Violence in Africa Presents an Existential Threat

Advocates seeking a more open and democratic society in Africa have mostly failed to grasp the extent of the threat posed by violence.

February 13, 2013 | Chidi Odinkalu
Press release

Baby Doc Duvalier Must Not Evade Justice

Haiti must ensure that Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, the country’s former dictator, stands trial on charges arising from systematic human rights abuses, as required by international law.

February 06, 2013

Mali: An Attack Against History and a War Crime

The destruction of tombs and museums in Timbuktu constitute war crimes, as defined by the Rome Statute. If charges follow, they would be the first of their kind before the ICC.

February 01, 2013 | Karen Corrie

Amid New Instability, a Struggle for Justice Continues in Eastern Congo

Kelly Askin has just returned from Shabouda, in the Democratic Repubic of Congo, where a mobile court continued to try rape cases, even as M23 militia attacked the provinicial town of Goma, just over 100 miles away.

November 29, 2012 | Kelly Askin
Press release

European Court Complaint Challenges Russia over Death of Anticorruption Whistle-Blower

The mother of Sergei Magnitsky, the Russian anticorruption whistle-blower who died in detention in November 2009, is taking the search for justice for her son’s death to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

October 17, 2012
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Cases 003 and 004 will Shape the Legacy of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge Court

The UN-backed tribunal remains the most appropriate mechanism for genuine and transparent justice for Khmer Rouge atrocities, according to a report from the Open Society Justice Initiative.

October 01, 2012

The Future of Cases 003 and 004 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

This report examines the legal issues at stake in the continuing political struggle over the jurisdiction of the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia.

October, 2012
First page of PDF with filename: eccc-report-cases3and4-100112_0.pdf

Diario Militar Case

In 1999, a leaked Guatemalan government death squad diary revealed details about killings conducted by the military regime. Families of some of the victims are now bringing a case to the Inter-American Court.

Last update: August 27, 2012

ICC Judges Demand More, Earlier from Prosecutor’s Office

Judges at the International Criminal Court are increasingly requiring prosecutors to deliver a fuller account of the facts of a case at the earliest stage of the legal process.

June 05, 2012 | Alison Cole

The Trial of Ratko Mladic: a Gender Crimes Perspective

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb commander, is charged at the ICTY with genocide, including the use of rape and other forms as sexual violence as a means to destroy thousands of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats through "serious bodily or...

May 16, 2012 | Kelly Askin
Press release

Open Society Foundations Welcome Charles Taylor Verdict

The guilty verdict in the trial of Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, at the Special Court for Sierra Leone reinforces the rule of law, both in West Africa and around the world.

April 26, 2012
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