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02 June 2010 by Sophie van Leeuwen

Dutch prosecutors demanded seven-year sentences last week against five Somali men on trial in the Netherlands on charges of piracy.

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02 June 2010 by Hermione Gee

The first International Criminal Court (ICC) Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda “is a chance to build the court into all that it can be and all that it must be,” United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon told delegates on Monday.

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19 May 2010 by -

The UN should support the establishment of a tribunal to try Somali pirates, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Verhagen said on Monday.

By Hermione Gee

Verhagen said the tribunal should preferably be located in Kenya, under the supervision of the UN. Russia also supports the idea.

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19 May 2010 by -

The 106th edition of the International Justice Tribune is now available. You can read it here.

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19 May 2010 by -

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón - known around the world for probing human rights violations - can move to the International Criminal Court (ICC), despite being suspended from the bench while awaiting trial in his own country. If found guilty, the examining magistrate could be removed from his job for up to 20 years.

By Hermione Gee

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19 May 2010

Ocampo in Kenya: high hopes but low expectations

The Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo, is back in The Hague after a five day trip to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. He was there to meet with victims of the violence that swept the country following disputed presidential elections in 2007. 

Serbia unearths mass grave

Serbian authorities have uncovered a mass grave near the southwestern town of Raska, on the border with Kosovo. A forthcoming exhumation at the site will show whether it contains corpses of 250 ethnic Albanian victims from the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict, as it is thought, Bruno Vekaric, spokesperson for Serbia’s war crimes prosecutor’s office, told the IJT. 

Brazil amnesty ruling “an affront”

By a vote of 7 to 2, Brazil’s Supreme Court last month refused to lift a 1979 amnesty law which protects officials suspected of human rights violations during the country’s 1964 – 1985 military dictatorship. The United Nations was quick to condemn the ruling, calling it “an affront” and warning Brazil that it is isolating itself from the international community. 

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19 May 2010 by Bojana Barlovac

Serbian authorities have uncovered a mass grave near the southwestern town of Raska, on the border with Kosovo. A forthcoming exhumation at the site will show whether it contains corpses of 250 ethnic Albanian victims from the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict, as it is thought, Bruno Vekaric, spokesperson for Serbia’s war crimes prosecutor’s office, told the IJT.

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19 May 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt & Eric Beauchemin

The Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo, is back in The Hague after a five day trip to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. He was there to meet with victims of the violence that swept the country following disputed presidential elections in 2007.

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18 May 2010 by -

Amnesty International has called on the United Nations to investigate human rights violations during the final months of the war between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government army.

Johan van Slooten

During the final stages of the 25-year war, which ended one year ago this month, tens of thousands of civilians were killed or displaced, but the UN has so far failed to launch an official inquiry into possible - war - crimes, Amnesty claims.

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14 May 2010 by -

Although 100% of cases currently before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague involve crimes of gender based violence committed in Africa, only 4% of ICC lawyers are women from that continent. The ICC is hoping to change this with a campaign to recruit African women lawyers to represent both victims and defendants at the court.

By Hélène Michaud

“Most of the victims said: she understands us better because she’s a woman and a mother.”

Africa needs more lawyers like Carine Bapita.

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