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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

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 172.

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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 by Janet H. Anderson, New York (US)

In the run-up to the annual meeting of the International Criminal Court (ICC), held earlier this month in New York, a panel of legal experts presented recommendations for the court’s future. Tasked by a number of member states and funded by Switzerland, they critically reviewed the ICC’s last 12 years and, as lawyers who have worked in many international tribunals, suggested ways for the court to improve.

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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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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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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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