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Sihem Bensedrine, president of Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission (Flickr/Deutsche Welle/K. Danetzki)
28 January 2015 by Julie Schneider, Tunis (Tunisia)

Since opening its doors last month, the Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) has received scores of people every day. Ready to file complaints, they come from all over the country, passing through the headquarters’ entrance, flanked by “Be welcome!” flags in the Montplaisir business district of Tunis. 

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28 January 2015

Issue 174 of IJT examines the transfer of LRA commander Dominic Ongwen to the ICC, asking if his past as a child soldier is likely to affect the case and why many in northern Uganda are calling for him to be pardoned. We also report on the fate of Bosnian wartime rape survivors and the first weeks of the Tunisian truth commission. In short news, we look ahead to the ICJ ruling in the Croatia versus Serbia genocide case and back on the first month of the Abidjan trial of Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo.

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Ex-LRA commander Dominic Ongwen surrounded by court guards and his defence lawyer at the ICC (Flickr/ICC-CPI)
28 January 2015 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday for a pretrial hearing. What now? IJT asked two experts what they expected of this first ICC case against a former child soldier-turned-perpetrator.

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Sabiha Husic runs the NGO Medica Zenica, which helps Bosnia's wartime rape survivors
27 January 2015 by Nidzara Ahmetasevic, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Despite growing concern for and openness about wartime rapes in Bosnia, the thousands of women estimated to have been raped during the 1992-1995 conflict there are still largely neglected by the state and society, concludes a leading NGO dealing with victims.

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The International Court of Justice (Wikipedia/Yeu Ninje)
27 January 2015 by Stephanie van den Berg, Belgrade (Serbia)

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will rule on 3 February in a case that saw wartime foes Croatia and Serbia accuse each other of committing genocide during the 1991-1995 war in Croatia [IJT-156].

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Following Ivory Coast's post-election violence, Cristelle Semao Gueh and family at a camp in Duekoue (Caroline Gluck/Oxfam)
27 January 2015 by Christin Roby, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

The trial of Ivorian former first lady Simone Gbagbo and 82 co-defendants entered its fourth week of testimony in Abidjan on Monday. Gbagbo, along with former prime minister Aké N'Gbo and former president of the Ivorian Popular Front Affi N'Guessan, face charges of undermining state security through alleged involvement in atrocities that killed an estimated 3,000 after the November 2010 election.

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14 January 2015

International courts are increasingly looking at ways to compensate victims of crimes for their suffering. For its first issue in 2015, IJT 173 is thus focusing on reparations. Our correspondents examine the reparations controversy at the ECCC, Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal; developments at the ICC; disgruntled victims in northern Uganda; and the story of Srebrenica survivor Hasan Nuhanovic, who won a landmark civil case against the Dutch government for compensation.

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Entrance of Dutchbat compound in Potocari near Srebrenica. Copyright Joost van Egmond
13 January 2015 by Joost van Egmond, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Over a year after the highest court in the Netherlands held the Dutch state responsible for the fate of his father and brother, who were killed after the fall of the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995, Hasan Nuhanovic still awaits satisfactory compensation. His case is often cited as crucial for damages claims to come, for Srebrenica and beyond.

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Germaine Katanga at International Criminal Court. Copyright Flickr/ICC-CPI
13 January 2015 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Despite lingering uncertainties, the final convictions of two Congolese warlords raises hopes that this year victims will see reparations handed to them by the International Criminal Court.

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Local drama group depicts crimes allegedly committed against civilians during armed conflict in northern Uganda. Copyright Flickr/ICC-CPI
13 January 2015 by Samuel Egadu Okiror, Gulu (Uganda)

Gloria Laker struggles to support her three children and four siblings in Paicho, in northern Uganda’s Gulu district. Her husband and parents were killed in the two-decade-long war between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels and government troops. Despite a promise made by President Yoweri Museveni in 2010 to provide compensation to over 10,000 war-affected victims in the Acholi sub-region, Laker, like thousands of others, has never received anything.

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