Palestinian foreign minister Riad Al-Malk receives a copy of the Rome Statute at the 1 April ceremony welcoming the ICC’s newest member state (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
07 April 2015 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

On 1 April, Palestine became the 123rd member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). While acceding to the Rome Statute, it also accepted jurisdiction of the court from 13 June 2014, which kicked off a preliminary examination by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) [IJT-173].

The Comoros-flagged Mavi Marmara (Photo: Flickr/yasinonat)
10 February 2015 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Last week, the Comoros broke new legal ground at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Lawyers representing the African island nation challenged the prosecutor's decision to reject the demand to open an official investigation into the events surrounding Israel’s raid on a flotilla of activists attempting to run a naval blockade off the Gaza Strip in 2010.

13 January 2010 by -

Four senior officers of the Israel Defense Forces, scheduled to visit the United Kingdom this month, cancelled their trip at the last minute for fear of being arrested or indicted on arrival in the country. This follows the recent arrest warrant issued by a UK court against Israel’s former foreign minister, Tzipi Livni. The warrant focused on her role in Israel’s Gaza offensive last year.

By Vessola Evrova

01 June 2001 by -

Amnesty International has called for an investigation into the events that took place at Jenin. In a brief report published on 4 November, the human rights organisation argues that the Israeli army is guilty of war crimes. « We were all at home on the Friday 5 April. It was between 3 and 3.15 p.m. We heard a knock at the door. My sister got up put her hand on the handle and the door exploded. Her face was covered with blood. I thought: she's going to die. We started to shout. The Israeli soldiers were outside, in front of the entrance. They fired shots at the walls to frighten us.

09 October 2006 by -

The commission of inquiry set up by the United Nations Human Rights Council on August 11th to investigate war crimes committed by Israel during the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah released its report on October 4th. It accused both Israel and Hezbollah of violating international law. The report concluded, "serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel. In many instances, it had failed to distinguish between military and civilian objectives...

25 August 2010 by -

Lebanon’s Hezbollah has handed over information allegedly implicating Israel in the murder of ex-Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri in 2005. It follows a request by the prosecutor of the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Hezbollah official Wafiq Safa gave the dossier to Lebanon’s Prosecutor General Saeed Mirza who forwarded it on to the Beirut office of the tribunal’s prosecutor Daniel Bellemare who is probing Hariri’s killing.

02 June 2010 by -

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21 September 2010 by -

The Israeli military failed to investigate the killings of hundreds of Palestinian civilians in the occupied territories between 2006 and 2009, according to a report by an Israeli human rights group.

By Julia Romasevych

B’Tselem claims that Israeli soldiers who kill Palestinian civilians are almost never held accountable which creates a climate of impunity.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Copyright Flickr/ICC-CPI
13 January 2015 by Stephanie van den Berg

Speculation continues to mount over the next step of the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after, in the final hours of 2014, Palestine officially ratified the Rome Statute to become the 123rd member of the court.