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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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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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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 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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19 November 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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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 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 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

Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue number 170.

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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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