Topic: International Justice

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Justice in Guatemala: New Efforts, Continuing Threats

Almost 20 years after the end of Guatemala’s bitter civil war, victims of human rights atrocities are still waiting for offenders to be brought to justice. Their quest is now at a critical crossroads.

October 30, 2014 | Emi MacLean & Iris Portillo
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Trying Khmer Rouge Leaders Twice: A Guide for the Perplexed

Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal has begun a second trial on charges including genocide of two aged former Khmer Rouge senior leaders although both have already received life sentences for other crimes against humanity.

October 17, 2014 | Heather Ryan
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After More Than a Decade, the Truth About CIA Torture in Poland

The European Court of Human Rights sent a clear message that abuses perpetrated by the CIA will not be tolerated in modern Europe, and those who perpetrate them will be held accountable.

July 24, 2014 | Amrit Singh
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To Strengthen the ICC, Look to Its Member States

July 17 marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court. Carlos Castresana, the noted Spanish jurist, outlines some ideas for change.

July 14, 2014 | Carolyn O’Neil
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Guatemalan Judge Faces Retaliation over Role in Genocide Trial

Judge Yassmin Barrios presided over the genocide trial of Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Now she is under attack by his allies.

April 07, 2014 | Emi MacLean
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Katanga Judgment Underlines Need for Stronger ICC Focus on Sexual Violence

The conviction of Germain Katanga for war crimes is a welcome step forward. But when it comes to crimes like rape and sexual slavery, international tribunals like this one have done a poor job.

March 11, 2014 | Kelly Askin
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International Justice Monitor: A New Resource for Tracking Mass Atrocity Trials

A new website builds on seven years of monitoring trials of mass atrocities, in courts from The Hague to Guatemala and Cambodia.

March 05, 2014 | James A. Goldston
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Guatemala Faces Human Rights Complaint over Rios Montt Trial Debacle

Guatemalan civil society groups are challenging the overturning of the Rios Montt verdict, in a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

November 07, 2013 | Emi MacLean
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Palestine’s ICC Option and the Politics of Peace

With renewed talks underway between Israel and the Palestinians, the status of a Palestinian approach to the International Criminal Court remains murky.

October 08, 2013 | Matthew Solomon
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Charles Taylor’s Fate: Will He Be Back in Liberia?

An international tribunal rules on Thursday on the appeal of Charles Taylor, former Liberian president, against his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes.

September 25, 2013 | Alpha Sesay
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Justice Doesn’t Come Cheap. Can the ICC Afford It?

With a possible new investigation in Nigeria looming, the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor has made a first ever request for substantial new financial support. Will states pay up?

August 07, 2013 | Alison Cole
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Troubled Khmer Rouge Investigation Raises New Transparency Concerns

Lawyers representing a suspect under investigation by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal have been denied access to the case file, in spite of repeated requests.

August 06, 2013 | Heather Ryan
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Case Watch: European Court Rules on Amnesty and Double Jeopardy

If a trial for international crimes is stopped due to an amnesty, would a subsequent retrial violate the double jeopardy principle?

April 24, 2013 | Svetlana Bezinyan & Steve Kostas
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Rios Montt Genocide Trial Confronts Political Push-Back in Guatemala

Guatemala’s current president has joined those warning against a finding of genocide in the trial of former military dictator Efrain Rios Montt.

April 18, 2013 | Emi MacLean
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Beyond Arusha: The Global Effort to Prosecute Rwanda’s Genocide

The prosecution of Rwandan genocide cases in national courts is vital as the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda prepares to conclude its work.

April 17, 2013 | Karen Corrie
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Case Watch: What a Yugoslav War Crimes Acquital Means for Charles Taylor

The conviction of General Momčilo Perišić for aiding and abetting war crimes was overturned by the ICTY, with implications for the appeal of former Liberian president Charles Taylor

March 22, 2013 | Karen Corrie & Steve Kostas
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Guatemala at the Cross Roads in Search for Justice

With the trial of a former president for genocide and crimes against humanity, Guatemala is following other Latin American countries that have sought justice for historic human rights abuses.

March 19, 2013 | James A. Goldston
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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
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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
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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
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