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10 May 2010 by Lula Ahrens and Pablo Gamez

By a vote of 7 to 2, Brazil’s Supreme Court last week refused to lift an amnesty law which protects officials suspected of human rights violations during the country’s 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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05 May 2010 by -

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IJT 105 contents: 

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05 May 2010 by Heikelina Verrijn

International judges and prosecutors claim to do their utmost to ensure that the practice of international criminal law satisfies fundamental principles. In practice, however, those principles often take second place to notions of human and humanitarian rights. 

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05 May 2010 by Koert Lindijer

“I am the victim of a politically-motivated slander campaign by Rwanda’s dictatorial government,” says Pierre-Claver Karangwa. This former major in the Rwandan army is being accused of participating in the 1994 genocide in his home country.

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International criminal justice under pressure

International judges and prosecutors claim to do their utmost to ensure that the practice of international criminal law satisfies fundamental principles. In practice, however, those principles often take second place to notions of human and humanitarian rights. 

Rwanda suspects living in The Netherlands

“I am the victim of a politically-motivated slander campaign by Rwanda’s dictatorial government,” says Pierre-Claver Karangwa. This former major in the Rwandan army is being accused of participating in the 1994 genocide in his home country.

Ocampo in Kenya " to listen"

Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luís Moreño Ocampo will be visiting Kenya next week as part of his investigation into the country’s 2007-8 post-election violence. Before leaving for his week long trip to Nairobi, Ocampo spoke to the IJT about the case.

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05 May 2010 by Thomas Bwire

Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luís Moreno Ocampo will be visiting Kenya next week as part of his investigation into the country’s 2007-8 post-election violence. Before leaving for his week long trip to Nairobi, Ocampo spoke to the IJT about the case.

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04 May 2010 by -

International tribunals should be established to try pirates, the UN said last week. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at making it easier to prosecute and imprison pirates operating off the coast of Somalia. In recent years, dozens of ships have been seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.

By Lula Ahrens

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04 May 2010 by -

Belgian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to ban wearing the Islamic burqa or niqab in public. Other European countries might follow suit.

By Lula Ahrens

In the lower house of the Belgian federal parliament, 136 deputies voted for a nationwide ban. There were no abstentions, and no one voted against the bill. The ban will be imposed in all public spaces.

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04 May 2010 by -

Former Argentine military leader Jorge Rafael Videla has been charged with an additional 49 cases of kidnapping, torture and murder. He will also be tried in September for stealing 33 babies of political opponents.

By Lula Ahrens

Videla, who ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1981, was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for human rights abuses committed during Argentina’s Dirty War, including the murders of 66 people and the torture of 93 others.

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04 May 2010 by -

International judges and prosecutors claim to do their utmost to ensure that the practice of international criminal law satisfies fundamental principles. In practice, however, those principles often take second place to notions of human and humanitarian rights.

By Heikelina Verijn Stuart

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