Topic: International Justice

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Congo Justice: Final Judgments

As the mobile court in Kamituga winds down, participants reflect on the work still left to be done.

May 06, 2011 | Chuck Sudetic
Minibus
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Case Watch: Take Two on Greek Roma School

Roma schoolchildren in Greece and their families are returning to the European Court of Human Rights, demanding an end to segregation in Greek schools.

April 29, 2011 | Sarah Montgomery
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Case Watch: African Court Takes Bold Stand on Libya

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights has finally taken on a case—and it's a big one. The court recently weighed in on the ongoing human rights crisis in Libya.

April 29, 2011 | Tashmin Ali
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No Justice in the Killing Fields

More than 30 years after the murderous Khmer Rouge were driven from power in Cambodia, the effort to bring justice to the victims stands on the brink of ignominious failure.

April 28, 2011 | James A. Goldston
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Congo Justice: Unintended Consequences

Of the ten rape cases before the Kamituga mobile court, two involve sex with consent, albeit by a minor. These cases reveal what might be a flaw in Congo's laws governing rape—laws that too few people know about and too few consider a deterrent to...

April 27, 2011 | Chuck Sudetic
Policeman at desk under tent; goat looking on in background
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Case Watch: Peeling Back Secrecy Around Rendition

With a recent decision, a British court brought us one step closer to disclosure of the role the UK played in the secret detention and transfer of terror suspects. It's time for other countries to follow suit.

April 26, 2011 | Emi MacLean
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Case Watch: Salduz Fever Sweeps Europe

Something strange is happening in Europe. After years of inaction, governments are suddenly getting serious about arrest rights. Why? The answer, in a word, is "Salduz."

April 26, 2011 | Marion Isobel
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Uganda Must Release Al Amin Kimathi

Human rights in Uganda are being eroded under the guise of preserving national security, and meanwhile, Western powers appear willing to turn a blind eye.

April 25, 2011 | Amrit Singh & Philippe Sands
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Congo Justice: Word Against Word

Sexual predator? Or unwitting victim of conspiracy? With no DNA tests and little medical evidence, many cases before the Kamituga mobile court come down to testimony—one person's word against another's.

April 25, 2011 | Chuck Sudetic
Bwana Ntambwe handing over his uniform
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Case Watch: Speeding up Human Rights Justice in Europe

The European Court of Human Rights currently has a backlog of over 140,000 cases that are waiting to be considered. What now?

April 22, 2011 | Sarah Montgomery
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Congo Justice: What Happened in Fizi

Earlier this year, a mobile court much like the one in Kamituga found a group of soldiers guilty of rape as a crime against humanity. The verdict still resonates.

April 21, 2011 | Chuck Sudetic
Lt. Col. Kibibi Mutware sitting at the front of a large group at trial
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Justice From the Ground Up

How do you end impunity for the most serious crimes? The International Criminal Court is not the whole answer. Domestic courts must play a role. A new experiment in how this might work in practice is currently underway in eastern Congo.

April 20, 2011 | Kelly Askin
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Congo Justice: The First Verdicts

After days of testimony in Kamituga, crowds throng to hear the mobile court pass judgment on three men. At stake: twenty years in a Congo prison cell.

April 19, 2011 | Chuck Sudetic
Defendant stands before judges at a mobile court
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Don’t Get Arrested in Nigeria

A recent study reported that more than 65 percent of Nigeria’s prison population is being held awaiting trial—a legal limbo that, on average, lasts nearly four years. A new initiative is working to change that.

April 18, 2011 | Stanley Ibe
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Congo Justice: Sick in Their Hearts

Many of the crimes being tried before the Kamituga mobile court took place in the nearby town of Mwenga. In conversations with local people, it quickly becomes clear that the experience of the war here is still actively shaping the present.

April 15, 2011 | Chuck Sudetic
Abbé Dieudonne stands in front of pit
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Congo Justice: Pink Smock v. Police Blue

In eastern Congo, under the tropical sun, the first cases at the Kamituga mobile court are underway. With a crowd looking on, a policeman accused of sexual assault faced testimony from a ten-year-old girl.

April 14, 2011 | Chuck Sudetic
Adults and child victim at mobile court
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Congo Justice: The Defendants Arrive

Hundreds of onlookers gather round, undeterred by the rain and mud, as a mobile court in eastern Congo begins the trial of soldiers and policemen accused of rape. An eyewitness chronicle.

April 13, 2011 | Chuck Sudetic
Rape suspects sitting in a row
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Europe Finds Some Religions More Equal Than Others

By banning headscarves, what message is Europe sending to its Muslim population? That we are open, tolerant and pluralistic, but not towards you?

April 11, 2011 | Maxim Ferschtman
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What Is Complementarity? Q & A with James A. Goldston

Unfamiliar with the concept? You aren't alone. Welcome to the next big thing in international justice.

April 11, 2011 | Will Cohen
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Time to Turn Legal Victories into Better Lives for Roma

Despite considerable legal gains, discrimination against Roma remains widespread in Europe, and while violence has subsided in some countries, it has increased in others.

April 07, 2011 | Tracey Gurd
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