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13 April 2011 by Richard Walke

With the arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo on Monday Ivory Coast is now at a turning point in its modern history. But whether the country’s bitter opposing factions can find peace will depend to some extent on what happens next to its stubborn former leader. Ivory Coast has been under the ICC’s radar since 2005 – the question now is whether Gbagbo will face prosecution by the court. IJT spoke to Stephen Ellis, a leading historian on Africa at the Leiden African Studies Centre in the Netherlands.

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30 March 2011 by Franck Petit

“We want the people responsible for the genocide found and punished”, declared French President Nicolas Sarkozy on 25 February 2010 in Kigali, Rwanda. The stakes were high. The visit marked the resumption of diplomatic relations between France and Rwanda, three years after allegations against President Paul Kagamé by the French inquiry into the 1994 attack on the then Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana. The visit was also the first by a French head of state since the genocide.

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27 April 2011 by Geraldine Coughlan

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Created in 2001, the ICTJ works to redress and prevent the most severe violations of human rights by confronting legacies of mass abuse.

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30 March 2011 by Geraldine Coughlan

The United States is lending increasing support to international tribunals, including the International Crimes Tribunal established by Bangladesh. While visiting courts in Europe, the US Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes Issues, Stephen Rapp, stopped off in The Hague and spoke to IJT.

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31 August 2011 by Thijs Bouwknegt

Did Thomas Lubanga Dyilo systematically recruit children under the age of 15 as soldiers or did prosecutors recruit children to lie so that the former Congolese rebel leader will be convicted? That's the question three judges will deliberate on in the coming months. They will hand down the International Criminal Court’s first judgement.

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05 July 2004 by Thierry Cruvellier

On 23 June, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno Ocampo announced he was opening his first investigations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to his press release, Ocampo has already been "carefully analysing the situation in DRC" since July 2003. But the new step, which marks the difference between a "preliminary analysis" and the opening of an investigation, is notable for the legal process that could lead to the first trials before the international court, and is highly significant in the current political context.

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06 September 2006 by Emmanuel Chicon and Benjamin Bibas

At the same time as the International Criminal Court (ICC) launches its first investigations in Uganda and Congo, the annual Assembly of States parties will be meeting in The Hague from 6 to 10 September. The legal and political body faces the tough challenge of deciding on the 2005 budget. Since the court is beginning to schedule its first trials, this is a critical task.

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20 September 2004 by Thierry Cruvellier

66.784,200 euros: this was the official budget allocated to the International Criminal Court for 2005 at the close of the Assembly of State Parties held at The Hague from 6 to 10 September. It was a success for those who feared funding cuts. But many participants bitterly lamented the lack of passion that marked the week's meeting.

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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).

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02 February 2011 by Linawati Sidarto

Radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang was the only non-politician among the six Kenyans named by the International Criminal Court in December as the alleged masterminds of the country’s post-election violence. Experts, however, warn against comparisons between Kenya’s Kass FM and Rwanda’s notorious RTLM.

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