20 July 2011 by Geraldine Coughlan

One might wonder why it has taken until 17 July 2011 to celebrate International Criminal Justice Day when international criminal courts have been established since 1993. Or whether there is any reason at all to celebrate International Criminal Justice Day, as the ICC has not yet convicted anyone. 

27 September 2011 by -

Insurgents in Thailand's Muslim-dominated deep south are increasingly targeting civilians in attacks that often amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

The conflict has claimed thousands of lives since 2004 in Thailand's three southernmost provinces, which have been under a state of emergency for the past six years.

Amnesty said in a report that almost two-thirds of those killed were civilians, both Muslims and Buddhists, from farmers and religious leader to those with semi-official positions like teachers and civil servants.

18 May 2010 by -

Amnesty International has called on the United Nations to investigate human rights violations during the final months of the war between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government army.

Johan van Slooten

During the final stages of the 25-year war, which ended one year ago this month, tens of thousands of civilians were killed or displaced, but the UN has so far failed to launch an official inquiry into possible - war - crimes, Amnesty claims.

24 February 2010 by Sebastian Gottlieb & Vessela Evrova

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.

24 February 2010 by Maria Morina

“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. 

01 June 2001 by -

Amnesty International has called for an investigation into the events that took place at Jenin. In a brief report published on 4 November, the human rights organisation argues that the Israeli army is guilty of war crimes. « We were all at home on the Friday 5 April. It was between 3 and 3.15 p.m. We heard a knock at the door. My sister got up put her hand on the handle and the door exploded. Her face was covered with blood. I thought: she's going to die. We started to shout. The Israeli soldiers were outside, in front of the entrance. They fired shots at the walls to frighten us.

22 November 2004 by -

In January 2004, Uganda\'s President Museveni requested the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the situation in the north of the country, which is in the grip of the rebel group Lord\'s Resistance Army (LRA). But it appears that since then he has been doing everything in his power to render the request null and void. On 16 November, Amnesty International expressed concern over a new suggestion by Kampala to judge the crimes committed by a traditional method of reconciliation.

06 September 2010 by -

Amnesty International has asked Rwanda to urgently review its laws on ‘genocide ideology’. The human rights watchdog claims that the laws are being used as an excuse to suppress political opposition and freedom of speech. As a result, some critics of the government are living in fear of saying something wrong and are choosing to stay silent.

Only recently, in the run–up to presidential elections on August 9, two opposition candidates were arrested and charged with ‘genocide ideology’. A newspaper editor was also arrested on the same charge.

08 September 2010 by -

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