29 March 2005 by our correspondent

"Rapes were committed by soldiers under the accused's command, and he did nothing to punish them," asserted the Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Hassan Bubacar Jallow, on the opening day of the trial of Tharcisse Muvunyi on 28 February 2005. Yet only a month earlier, Jallow had asked the judges for authorisation to strike the rape allegations from the indictment.

04 June 2007 by Thierry Cruvellier

On June 11, it will be six years since the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) began the trial for six genocide suspects who come from the Butare region in southern Rwanda. The six Rwandans, whose positions and background were quite different, were joined together to "speed up the proceedings." However, this produced just the opposite effect, and the trial has been dragged out with irreparable consequences. This month, two of the accused will begin their thirteenth year in prison with still no verdict in sight.

04 June 2007

Taylor, last chance for the Sierra Leone model

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor's trial will open before the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on June 4. The Court has been relocated to the Hague to try the case, which will be both its most important trial and its last. The Special Court, which was created in 2002, was expected to last just three years. In the end, it will have taken eight years to try nine individuals. And the jury is still out as to whether the Court will live up to expectations.

Brazil: reliable, but far from dynamic

Brazil played an active part in the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Yet the Latin American giant has mostly stayed on the sidelines when it comes to international criminal justice. This is because, for several years now, its diplomatic activity has focused on gaining a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council. At the same time, Brazilian courts have been slow to act when it comes to judging human rights violations committed under the prior military regime.

Butare, a trial out of bounds at the ICTR

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