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03 December 2014 by Paul Vrieze, Rangoon (Myanmar)

A recent independent report finds three senior military officers could be held responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed by Myanmar army personnel during an offensive against ethnic armed groups in the east of the country.

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Supporters await the arrival of Vojislav Seselj  at Belgrade airport after his provisional release in November 2014
03 December 2014 by Sandra Milic, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Following the decision to provisionally release Serbian firebrand politician Vojislav Seselj on health grounds, pending judgment, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has come under scrutiny, with many fearing that the handling of this case could cast a shadow over the court’s legacy.

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03 December 2014 by Nathalie Magnien, N'Djamena (Chad)

The trial of 21 former political police agents of Chad’s ex-president Hissène Habré was adjourned last week after just a handful of hearings. The reason for delay is an on-going lawyers’ strike over a pay dispute with the government.

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01 December 2014 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Two years ago, the International Criminal Court (ICC) delivered its first-ever judgment in the case against Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga. On Monday, the court closed the case, with an appeals chamber confirming Lubanga's conviction. But in stark contrast to March 2012, only a few journalists and trial monitors were there to see it live.

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19 November 2014 by Nathalie Magnien

After a 24-year campaign, victims and their families are finally face to face with their alleged torturers, following the start of the trial of 21 alleged accomplices of former Chadian president Hissène Habré in N’Djamena last week.

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19 November 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue number 170.

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19 November 2014 by Luciana Bertoia, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

A landmark trial in Argentina sheds a first light on the role of doctors and other medical personnel in cases during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship where babies were snatched from imprisoned activists and handed illegally to other families to raise them.

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19 November 2014 by Janet H. Anderson

Trial chamber judges heard closing arguments last week in the trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, the former vice-president of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. Bemba’s is the third trial to reach closing arguments at the ICC.

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19 November 2014 by Thierry Ogier, São Paulo (Brazil)

In a major shake-up, Brazil’s National Truth Commission (CNV) is expected to demand the prosecution of alleged military regime torturers identified in their final report on crimes during the country’s 1964-1985 dictatorship. 

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19 November 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

Vojislav Seselj returned to Serbia last week after the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) released the Serb nationalist politician on health grounds in a controversial ruling that sought no assurances from the accused.

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