The execution of Chemical Ali
Many Iraqis have been celebrating this week, following Monday’s execution of 68-year old ‘Chemical Ali’. Former defense minister, Ali Hassan Al-Majid, a cousin of deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, received a fourth death sentence on Sunday, January 19th, 2010. This time it was for ordering the gas attack on the Kurdish city of Halabja, during which an estimated 5,000 people were killed.
Goldsmith's shift on Iraq war
Britain’s former top lawyer admitted today that he “changed his mind” about the legality of the 2003 Iraq war.
Various mechanisms, same principles
David Tolbert will become the new president of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) on March 2nd. The ICTJ works to redress and prevent severe human rights violations by confronting legacies of mass abuse. He arrives in New York after serving as Registrar for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.