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13 January 2010 by -

Children cannot consent to their own exploitation, making the use of children in warfare “particularly abusive,” an expert witness told the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo which resumed last Thursday. Lubanga is accused of enlisting child soldiers into his militia - the Union of Congolese Patriots - during Congo’s Ituri conflict.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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13 January 2010 by -

Prosecutors at the Special Court for Sierra Leone resumed their cross-examination of former Liberian president Charles Taylor on Monday. Taylor has been testifying in his own defence since July, 2009.

By Thijs Bouwknegt, The Hague

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13 January 2010 by Hermione Gee

Eight years ago this week, the American detention centre on the shore of Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay welcomed its first shackled, hooded prisoners, in their now notorious orange jumpsuits – alleged enemy combatants in America’s ‘war on terror’. Since it opened on January 12th, 2002, some 775 detainees have been brought to the prison. Around 450 have been released without charge and over 200 men are still being held.

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13 January 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt

Fifteen years on, Rwandans are still reliving the genocide. Every week, scores of people around the country attend the community-based Gacaca trials of alleged génocidaires in their communities.

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13 January 2010 by Sebastiaan Gottlieb

Antonio Cassese was the first president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and is now head of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). He just announced that he will visit Lebanon in the coming weeks to complete the investigation into the assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri.

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13 January 2010

Guantanamo: no end in sight?

Eight years ago this week, the American detention centre on the shore of Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay welcomed its first shackled, hooded prisoners, in their now notorious orange jumpsuits – alleged enemy combatants in America’s ‘war on terror’. Since it opened on January 12th, 2002, some 775 detainees have been brought to the prison. Around 450 have been released without charge and over 200 men are still being held. 

Lubanga trial: "This monster stole my childhood"

The trial of ex-Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo resumed last week at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The founder and former leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots was a key player in the Ituri conflict and stands accused of using child soldiers. 

Rwanda’s grassroots justice

Fifteen years on, Rwandans are still reliving the genocide. Every week, scores of people around the country attend the community-based Gacaca trials of alleged génocidaires in their communities. A report from Rwanda. 

 

“Protecting human dignity”

Antonio Cassese was the first president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and is now head of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). He just announced that he will visit Lebanon in the coming weeks to complete the investigation into the assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri. He spoke to the IJT’s Sebastiaan Gottlieb. 

 

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07 January 2010 by Hélène Michaud

The trial of ex-Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo resumed last week at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. The founder and former leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots was a key player in the Ituri conflict and stands accused of using child soldiers.

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23 December 2009 by -

The 96th edition of the International Justice Tribune is now available. You can read it here.

 

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23 December 2009 by -

Sixteen victims of Saddam Hussein’s poison gas attacks on the Kurdish population in Northern Iraq and Iran in the 1980s are demanding compensation from Dutch businessman Frans van Anraat.

By Hermione Gee

The Dutchman provided the Iraqi government with the base material for mustard gas between 1984 and 1988. The Iraqi regime used the poison gas against Iranians and also against Iraqi Kurds in Halabja in 1988, where some 5,000 people were killed.

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23 December 2009 by -

This week, the International Justice Tribune will focus on international justice from the victims’ perspective. As former UN Chief Prosecutor, Justice Richard Goldstone told Radio Netherlands Worldwide, “the customers of any justice system are the victims. They’re the people who have suffered, who call for justice and who are entitled to justice.”

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