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Palais du 15 Janvier in N'Djaména, where the trial of 21 alleged Habré accomplices opened in November (Flickr/kendoerr)
14 November 2014 by Nathalie Magnien, N'Djamena (Chad)

From 8 AM, hundreds of victims of Chadian dictator Hissène Habré gathered before the Palais du 15 Janvier, where the trial of 21 of his alleged accomplices opened on Friday.

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05 November 2014 by David Bergman

A spate of rulings against leaders of Bangladesh’s biggest Islamist opposition party for atrocities during the war in 1971 shows the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) forging ahead – despite continuing criticism from outside the country.

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05 November 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

A judge in Argentina last week requested that Spain extradite 20 Franco-era officials accused of human rights violations during the Spanish dictatorship who cannot be tried at home because of an amnesty enacted in the late 1970s.

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05 November 2014 by Samuel Okiror

Uganda’s government programme for the social and economic reintegration of some 27,000 amnesty-granted former armed rebels has stalled, leaving thousands with few options to earn a living.

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Image from July 2013 protest in New York City against US military intervention in Syria (Photo: Flickr/fleshmanpix)
05 November 2014 by Karina Hof, The Hague (The Netherlands)

A justice mechanism to deal with the Syrian conflict has seemed low on the world’s agenda. This week brought news of US government funding cuts for a widely commended NGO gathering Syrian war crimes evidence. The Russian and Chinese vetoes of a Syria referral by the UN Security Council to the International Criminal Court keep a trial in The Hague unlikely. And it is hard to focus on accountability when the YouTubed horror films of ISIS have all but upstaged Assad regime atrocities and the Syrian opposition seems locked in an endless cycle of reincarnation.

 

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05 November 2014 by Una Hajdari, Pristina (Kosovo)

Kosovo was rocked last week by accusations in the country’s leading daily, Koha Ditore, that top officials from the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), which prosecutes corruption and war crimes cases, took bribes to release two defendants.  

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05 November 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue number 169.

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05 November 2014 by Nidzara Ahmetasevic

Criticism in Bosnia of national war crimes prosecutions has been mounting, with victims’ organizations saying Sarajevo is not doing enough to bring all perpetrators in the bloody 1992-1995 conflict to justice and the European Union last month noting an “unsatisfactory pace”. 

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22 October 2014 by Isabelle Wesselingh, Bucharest (Romania)

For the first time since the fall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu a quarter-century ago, a Communist-era prison commander faces charges of crimes against humanity. The landmark trial of Alexandru Visinescu could help Romanians come to terms with their country’s totalitarian legacy. Survivors of the grisly Ramnicu Sarat prison in eastern Romania waited for decades to see the former chief appear before judges.

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22 October 2014 by Karina Hof

For centuries, states have invoked universal jurisdiction to prosecute piracy in local courts. Yet the past few years have seen a change in tide, with more countries essentially outsourcing piracy cases to specially set up courts in Mauritius, Kenya and Seychelles. Five days before the start of UAE Counter-Piracy Week 2014 in Dubai, Michael Scharf, interim dean at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and chair of the Public International Law and Policy Group’s piracy working group, takes stock of recent perspectives on piracy. 

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