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04 October 2004 by -

The latest ratifications by Burundi, Liberia and Guyana have enlarged membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to 97 countries. After being ravaged by war since 1989, Liberia's ratification has huge symbolic value. However, the Burundi ratification has raised some pressing issues. The site of almost-daily massacres for the last eleven years, the country has already been discreetly earmarked for investigations by prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo. His staff is looking into the slaughter of at least 152 Banyamulenge refugees at the Gatumba camp on 13 August 2004.

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27 June 2005 by -

According to the Sudanese official news agency Suna, a court due to sit in the northern Darfur capital of El Fasher opened its proceedings on 15 June, reports the UN press agency IRIN. The court was established by judicial decree two days earlier on 13 June. Some 160 suspects are expected to appear before it as part of the public trial hearings, says IRIN. The hearings are Sudan's legal response to the UN's referral of Darfur crimes to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 31 March.

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11 April 2008 by -

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo, asked the Colombian government on 31 March to send him detailed information on crimes committed during the government\'s war with the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC). Moreno Ocampo indicated that he has information that «thousands of people have been killed, went missing, were kidnapped or forcibly displaced since 1 November 2002». He also asked the government to communicate more details about proposals for a truce with the extreme-right paramilitary forces (AUC).

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25 April 2005 by -

In an official photograph taken in The Hague on 16 April, the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor is surrounded by 24 community leaders from northern Uganda who had come to ask him to suspend his investigations in their country. The balance of power was clear. "As soon as there is a solution to end the violence, and if the prosecution is not serving the interest of justice, then my duty is to stop the investigation and prosecution," Luis Moreno Ocampo told AFP after the meeting.

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29 March 2005 by -

The UN Security Council decided on 24 March «to establish the United Nations mission in Sudan (UNMIS) for an initial period of six months (...) and that UNMIS will consist of up to 10,000 military personnel». The decision, which was voted unanimously by its 15 members, did not resolve the question of which jurisdiction will prosecute suspects in Darfur. The French ambassador filed a draft resolution on the eve of the vote to send perpetrators before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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14 March 2005 by -

Preamble

The States Parties to this Statute,

Conscious that all peoples are united by common bonds, their cultures pieced together in a shared heritage, and concerned that this delicate mosaic may be shattered at any time,

Mindful that during this century millions of children, women and men have been victims of unimaginable atrocities that deeply shock the conscience of humanity,

Recognizing that such grave crimes threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world,

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15 December 2010 by Caasi Sagalai

“Life here is terrible. Our children are dying from the extreme cold. We are refugees in our own country,” says a resident of the Ya Mumbi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Kenya’s Northern Rift valley region. Three years after violence swept the country following the December 2007 elections, Kenya clearly still struggles in its aftermath.

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01 December 2010 by Claire Wachira

Kenya expects the International Criminal Court this month to hand out six arrest warrants to alleged perpetrators of the country’s post-election violence. Public speculation is rife, and the looming warrants are causing tension between Kenya’s two main political parties.

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01 December 2010 by Pablo Gamez

This November marked the 65th anniversary of the Nuremberg war crimes tribunals. International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo looks back at the historical trials and discusses their impact on current international justice.

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15 December 2010 by Leiuh Asuman Wakida and Priscilla Nadunga

Almost seven years after Uganda gave the names of the top Lord’s Resistance Army commanders to the International Criminal Court, the country remains divided as to which path should be taken towards justice. Some Ugandan public figures are again calling for the formation of a truth and reconciliation body.

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