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17 December 2014 by Thierry Ogier, São Paulo (Brazil)

As international human rights organizations praised the 10 December report of Brazil’s truth commission on military regime-era torture, victims and surviving families expressed indignation. The official report on human rights violations from 1946 to 1988 came after a 30-month investigation led by the National Truth Commission, locally called the CNV [IJT-170]. 

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17 December 2014 by Clive Muhenga, Arusha (Tanzania)

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), officially closing at yearend, has contributed tremendously to the global fight against impunity. Over 20 years, it has issued 60 convictions and produced a treasure of jurisprudence. But it has not fulfilled its entire mandate, say analysts who point to a failure to prosecute former rebels of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the country’s leading party.

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17 December 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg and Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

The withdrawal of charges against Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta two weeks ago has raised questions about the capacity of the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) to secure evidence against suspects if states are unwilling to cooperate.

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17 December 2014 by Julie Schneider, Tunis (Tunisia)

Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (TCD) began its work on Monday, opening two weeks later than originally planned. The commission will have a maximum of five years to undertake the painstaking research work needed to document economic abuses and human rights violations allegedly committed by the state from July 1955 through December 2013 [IJT-163]. Plaintiffs are expected to lodge complaints up until 14 December 2015, in the form of written and in-person testimonies, and the TCD will be able to access government archives.

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17 December 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 172.

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11 December 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

Former rebel leader-turned-general Jerome Kakwavu, became the highest-ranking Congolese military official to be found guilty of rape after a military court convicted him on that charge as well as charges of murder and torture. Human rights organizations last week hailed his conviction.

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03 December 2014 by IJT

Michael Scharf, interim dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, is an expert on maintaining control of war crimes trials whose video on the subject has been included in the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. IJT asked him to share insights about the recent decision of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to release Serbian firebrand politician Vojislav Seselj.

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STL Courtroom in The Hague
03 December 2014 by Karina Hof, Leidschendam (The Netherlands)

“A sea change” was the phrase repeated by defence teams at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) to decry what they saw as a radical, unexpected departure from the prosecution’s case against five Hezbollah members accused of operating the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005.

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03 December 2014

 Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue number 171.

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Thomas Lubanga at his appeals verdict (Flickr/ICC-CPI)
03 December 2014 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

This week the International Criminal Court (ICC), on appeal, upheld its first-ever verdict. However, the decision once again raises questions about the work of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) and the accused’s right to a fair trial.

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