Stephen Rapp speaking at a Coalition for the ICC event in 2013 (Photo: Flickr/CICC)
09 September 2015 by Stephanie van den Berg, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Stephen Rapp told IJT that his office did everything they practically could do to ensure accountability in Syria by "documenting the heck" out of the atrocities that are being committed and collecting "irrefutable evidence". In one of his first interviews since stepping down last month as US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Rapp named the arrest of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic as his finest moment in office.

Ligature used to bind victims hands in Srebrenica, unearthed during an exhumation there. (Photo: Flickr/ICTY)
19 May 2015 by Ella Sonja West, Chicago (US)

Two months ago, the Balkans were rocked by a story in The New York Times that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was set to deport 150 Bosnians who lied on their immigration applications about involvement in the 1992-1995 war. ICE policies, however, may in fact be more nuanced than suggested by the headlines. And yet they still face criticism for their one-sided approach to Balkan immigrants.

Former Khmer Rouge minister Ieng Thirith, charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and breaches of the Geneva Conventions, appears at a pretrial hearing at the Cambodia tribunal in 2010. (Photo: Flickr/ECCC POOL/Tang Chhin Sothy)
20 May 2015

IJT 182 explores how so-called chivalrous beliefs and practices may be behind the rare prosecution of female war crimes suspects.

Other features:

  • A tug-of-war between Uganda and DRC over the extradition of Jamil Mukulu highlights trouble with judicial cooperation in Africa.
  • Colombian and Guatemalan survivors of sexual violence during their countries' armed conflicts fight for justice.
  • The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement tries to excise Balkan suspects of war crimes.

News brief:

  • A trial date for Chadian ex-dictator Hissène Habré has finally been set.
30 March 2011 by -

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27 April 2011 by -

An octogenarian Rwandan went on trial in Kansas Tuesday, accused of lying about his role in the 1994 genocide in his home country to secure US citizenship.

Lazare Kobagaya, 84, a diminutive man with a graying mustache, walked with a cane into the Wichita courthouse accompanied by a half-dozen family members.

He listened to the proceedings with the aid of an interpreter, although he introduced himself at the start of jury selection in English, saying: "My name is Lazare Kobagaya."

25 November 2009 by -

For the first time since the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened in 2002, the United States attended the court’s annual meeting in The Hague. 

By Hermione Gee

America is committed to ending impunity for crimes against humanity, US Ambassador for war crimes Stephen Rapp told the 110-nation Assembly of States Parties (ASP).

08 September 2010 by -

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30 June 2010 by -

The world’s first pirate court opened in the Kenyan port town of Mombasa on Thursday. Set up with the help of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the high-security courtroom will hear cases of maritime piracy and other serious criminal offences.

By Thijs Bouwknegt