Finnish court moves to Tanzania
A Finnish court will begin hearings in Tanzania today, in a case related to the Rwandan genocide. The District Court of East-Uusimaa has moved to Dar es Salaam to hear from 19 witnesses in the first Finnish case about universal jurisdiction and genocide.
Whistleblower denied asylum
Austria came under fire earlier this month for refusing asylum to a Serbian man who turned over the infamous “Scorpion tape” to international prosecutors in The Hague.
Duch trial may be first and last
When the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) hands down its first verdict in the coming weeks, it will be a landmark for a tribunal mired in allegations of political interference. It will also be a judgment on a man who admitted responsibility for torture and killings at a Khmer Rouge prison he ran, but simultaneously argued that he was following orders he could not reject.
Interview: “Trying to break the Kremlin walls”
“The government does not understand that [we] should be working for them, not against them”, says Tatyana Kasatkina, Executive Director of Memorial, a human rights research centre based in Moscow. It was founded towards the end of the Soviet era with the goal of preserving the societal memory of political persecution and oppression. Today it works in post-Soviet states, monitoring human rights and helping “to promote mature civil society and democracy based on the rule of law.” Kasatkina spoke to the IJT at her office in Moscow.