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27 January 2010 by -

Former Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda is being illegally detained by the Rwandan government, says his lawyer. Nkunda has been living under house arrest in Kigali for over a year without any trial in sight.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

“If you believe that the man is a danger or a risk to peace, then you have to make your case in court. But you can’t just do that arbitrarily without making your case,” says Stephane Bourgon who is representing Nkunda.

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27 January 2010 by -

Retired pilot Julio Poch will be extradited to Argentina to face charges of running ‘death flights’ under the country’s former military dictatorship. Spain’s National Court ruled last week that there are sufficient guarantees to ensure that Poch would receive a fair trial in Argentina.

Julio Alberto Poch, a former pilot with the Dutch Transavia Airlines, is wanted in Argentina for allegedly flying planes used to dump opponents of the military regime into the sea - known as ‘death flights’.

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27 January 2010 by -

The upper house of Russia’s parliament voted Wednesday to ratify a key protocol on reforming the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), allowing the reform to proceed after years of resistance from Moscow. 

The 137 member Federation Council agreed unanimously to ratify Protocol 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, aimed at streamlining the work of the Strasbourg-based court and reducing its backlog of cases. The lower house of Russia’s parliament, the Duma, voted to approve the protocol earlier this month.

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27 January 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt

David Tolbert, currently serving as Registrar for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, will take over as 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.

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27 January 2010 by Goran Baba 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.

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27 January 2010 by Hermione Gee

Britain’s former top lawyer admitted today that he “changed his mind” about the legality of the 2003 Iraq war.

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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. 

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13 January 2010 by -

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13 January 2010 by -

Four senior officers of the Israel Defense Forces, scheduled to visit the United Kingdom this month, cancelled their trip at the last minute for fear of being arrested or indicted on arrival in the country. This follows the recent arrest warrant issued by a UK court against Israel’s former foreign minister, Tzipi Livni. The warrant focused on her role in Israel’s Gaza offensive last year.

By Vessola Evrova

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13 January 2010 by -

Hutu extremists shot down the plane carrying former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana in 1994, says the Rwandan government. An official report issued on Monday found that members of Habyarimana’s inner-circle planned his murder in order to scuttle a power-sharing deal with former rebel leader Paul Kagame. The assassination was then used as a pretext for the genocide.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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