06 October 2011 by -

Human Rights Watch said Monday that two judges behind a string of controversial decisions and statements should resign from the United Nations-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal.

By Robert Carmichael, Phnom Penh

The US-based rights group said the tribunal’s investigating judges – Germany’s Siegfried Blunk and Cambodia’s You Bunleng – had “egregiously violated their legal and judicial duties”.

15 September 2011 by -

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) are failing to bring to trial senior government officials responsible for atrocities, undermining the credibility of the world court set up to try those most responsible for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, says Human Rights Watch.

10 March 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt

Sixteen years after the assassination of former Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana, his widow Agathe Kanziga Habyarimana is facing seven counts of genocide and the possibility of being extradited to Rwanda. She was arrested on March 2nd in the Parisian suburb of Courcouronnes, where she had been living for the last twelve years.

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. 

11 April 2011 by -

"Indiscriminate attacks on civilians trapped in the Libyan city of Misrata by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi violate international law," says Human Rights Watch.

Hospitals in Libya's third city had documented about 250 deaths over the past month, most of them civilians, as government troops fight for control of the last big rebel stronghold in the west of Libya, the group said.

20 September 2004 by our correspondent

Human Rights Watch (HRW), in its report published on 8 September, urges the Special Court for Sierra Leone not to limit its prosecution to the thirteen people it has indicted so far (of who only nine are in custody).

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.

08 September 2010 by -

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05 May 2008 by our Arusha correspondent

Presented as "historic" by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the hearing that was held April 24 opened, quite belatedly, the very first public debate on one of the prosecution's five requests for the transfer of defendants to Rwanda. Chief Prosecutor Hassan Bubacar Jallow made the first move, exhorting the judges to look to France's example, saying, "The court of appeal [of Chambery] has pronounced on the same issue, in the context of a request (...) for the extradition of one Kamana Claver to Rwanda on charges of genocide and charges of crimes against humanity.

24 September 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg

Despite successes, national war crimes units still rely too heavily on local counterparts, says a Human Rights Watch report comparing three EU members that use universal jurisdiction to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity. For the 109-page report ‘The long arm of justice’, Leslie Haskell looked at how war crimes units in the Netherlands, Germany and France operated and what could be learnt from them. HRW chose the Netherlands for having the oldest and most robust unit, and France and Germany for having units less than five years old.