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09 September 2011 by -

Former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, who is being tried at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on war crimes charges, will not contend Congo's upcoming presidential election.

The 48-year-old Bemba had declared from The Hague in late July that he intended to run in the election. "We do not have the authorisation from the ICC," (International Criminal Court) for Bemba to leave jail and file his candidacy with the Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral body, his Congo Liberation Movement (MLC) said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

02 March 2011 by Geraldine Coughlan

The International Criminal Court has much work to do, especially since the landmark decision by the UN Security Council Saturday, to refer the case of Libya to the court. But how long will it take to prosecute suspects? A conversation with William Pace, Convenor of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), a global coalition of 2,500 NGOs.

25 May 2011 by Bram Posthumus

President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast says he wants national dialogue and reconciliation and an end to impunity. Noble intentions - but his country may have more pressing issues to deal with, plus the fact that not everyone is prepared to reconcile.

11 May 2011 by Geert-Jan Knoops

In 2002, when the United States openly suggested resorting to a pre-emptive military strike against Iraq in its fight against terrorism, then French President Jacques Chirac, in the New York Times, fiercely opposed this approach as being contrary to international law - opening a door to abuse and setting a wrong precedent. “Suppose that China would invade Taiwan because Taiwan would be an alleged security threat to China. What would the world say?", the French president exclaimed.

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.