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Violence in the Central African Republic forced this family to leave home and live in the shell of an aircraft at Bangui International Airport, in December 2013 (Photo: Flickr/Catholic Relief Services/S.Phelps)
25 March 2015 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Every few weeks, it seems, a call sounds to establish a tribunal for mass-atrocity crimes. The most recent example is Syria, for which UN war crimes investigators this month urged the international community to set up a new court.  Failure to get Syria referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the UN Security Council, with its deep-seated divisions, has clearly driven the search for alternatives.

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25 June 2014 by Lynn Maalouf, Beirut (Lebanon)

As the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) trial proceedings inched forward last week on the Rafiq Hariri case, an overarching question remains as to the judicial impact of the hybrid court. Amidst a strong local perception that the STL is doing too little too late, and a context marred by continuing political violence including car bombs, victims of the other attacks are left in the dark.

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