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09 July 2014 by Tjitske Lingsma, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Three Congolese witnesses of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who were denied asylum in The Netherlands, were deported on Sunday to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Their return was handled by the Dutch authorities, said their lawyer Flip Schüller.

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09 July 2014 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Former militia leader Germain Katanga, who was convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in March, has expressed his “sincere regrets” to victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and has decided to accept the court’s verdict. The reasons for this unusual move – made public on 25 June in a press release announcing the simultaneous withdrawal of the prosecutor’s appeal – were not provided, leaving a number of questions.

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09 July 2014 by Abdullahi Boru, Nairobi (Kenya)

After four years of discussions, the African Union (AU) has agreed the statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights – a merger of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Court of Justice. Heads of state adopted the protocol during a summit held in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) on 26 June; but the long-expected dream of an African criminal court may take years to become reality and has already attracted many questions about its effectiveness.

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10 September 2014 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

For the second time, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has conceded that she does not have enough evidence to put Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta on trial for his alleged role in post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-2008. 

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24 September 2014 by Christopher Stephen, Tripoli (Libya)

Just when The Hague thought it was finished with Libya, the International Criminal Court finds itself preparing fresh investigations for the strife-torn country.

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Then ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo with locals in the DRC's Ituri district
24 September 2014 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

For the majority of inhabitants in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the International Criminal Court has had no impact on peace or justice, reports a study published this month by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Of over 5,000 people surveyed in Ituri and the Kivus, 28 percent think the court’s influence has been negative. IJT spoke to report co-author Patrick Vinck. 

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ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Copyright ICC-CPI/Flickr
08 October 2014 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

A year ago this month, the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) presented a strategic plan dramatically changing its approach to investigations. The changes followed a series of humiliating defeats the office suffered at the confirmation of charges stage in various hearings. Thus, out went short, focused probes. In came in-depth, open-ended ones that could be revolutionary. And yet today, the OTP is still arguing for increased resources.

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08 October 2014 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) are struggling to maintain their case against Kenyan vice president William Ruto and his co-accused, radio broadcaster Joshua Sang. As the evidence continues to dribble away, the defence plans to ask for an acquittal halfway through the trial. Both Ruto and Sang are accused of crimes against humanity committed during the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007 and 2008.

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22 October 2014 by Marc-André Boisvert, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

Just weeks after the final public sessions of Ivory Coast’s Commission for Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation, victims’ advocates say the process has failed and reconciliation still seems a long way off.

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19 November 2014 by Janet H. Anderson

Trial chamber judges heard closing arguments last week in the trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, the former vice-president of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. Bemba’s is the third trial to reach closing arguments at the ICC.

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