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27 September 2011 by -

Insurgents in Thailand's Muslim-dominated deep south are increasingly targeting civilians in attacks that often amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

The conflict has claimed thousands of lives since 2004 in Thailand's three southernmost provinces, which have been under a state of emergency for the past six years.

Amnesty said in a report that almost two-thirds of those killed were civilians, both Muslims and Buddhists, from farmers and religious leader to those with semi-official positions like teachers and civil servants.

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21 November 2011 by -

Dutchbat commander Thom Karremans, and indeed his entire battalion knew what would happen to the men and boys who were ultimately slaughtered in the genocide perpetrated by Ratko Mladić's Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995.

By *Tom Dannenbaum

So alleged a former surgeon, Ger Kremers, who was attached to Dutchbat (the Dutch battalion deployed to Srebrenica as part of a UN peacekeeping force in the 1990s), in a recent interview with the Dutch TV programme Profiel.

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20 April 2010 by -

The Dutch Supreme Court has overturned the acquittal of businessman Guus Kouwenhoven who is accused of supplying arms to former Liberian President Charles Taylor. The Court has ordered a retrial.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

According to the Supreme Court, the prosecutor should have had the opportunity to hear two anonymous witnesses from the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), which is trying Charles Taylor in The Hague. 

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24 February 2010 by -

French president Nicholas Sarkozy will arrive in Rwanda tomorrow, marking the first visit by a French leader since the 1994 genocide.

Tensions between the two countries peaked in 2006. Rwanda broke off diplomatic ties after a French judge issued arrest warrants against nine close associates of Rwandan president Paul Kagame. In 2008, Rwanda accused France of complicity in the genocide, naming 33 political and military officials it said should be put on trial.

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10 February 2010 by -

Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) last week reversed a decision that prosecutors had not provided sufficient evidence to charge Sudanese President Omar al Bashir on three counts of genocide.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

“The pre-trial chamber is directed to decide anew,” presiding judge Erkki Kourula said, upholding an appeal by ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo.

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27 January 2010 by -

Germany has issued an arrest warrant for Argentina’s former dictator General Jorge Videla on suspicion of murdering a German man.

The Nuremberg prosecutor’s office opened a probe into the junta’s former leaders, including Videla, at the end of the 1990s over the killing and disappearance of Germans during Agentina’s so-called ‘dirty war’. But the initial investigations were stopped in 2008 after an Argentine court rejected an extradition request submitted by the German government.

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27 January 2010 by -

Former Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda is being illegally detained by the Rwandan government, says his lawyer. Nkunda has been living under house arrest in Kigali for over a year without any trial in sight.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

“If you believe that the man is a danger or a risk to peace, then you have to make your case in court. But you can’t just do that arbitrarily without making your case,” says Stephane Bourgon who is representing Nkunda.

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13 January 2010 by -

Children cannot consent to their own exploitation, making the use of children in warfare “particularly abusive,” an expert witness told the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo which resumed last Thursday. Lubanga is accused of enlisting child soldiers into his militia - the Union of Congolese Patriots - during Congo’s Ituri conflict.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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23 September 2011 by -

Four former Khmer Rouge leaders on trial for genocide in Cambodia will first face charges of crimes against humanity after a UN-backed court on Thursday announced a plan to separate the prosecution process.

The trial at the Extraordinary Chambers of Cambodia (ECCC), long awaited by survivors of the brutal regime, will be divided into smaller sections, beginning with "the forced movement of population (phases one and two) and the related charges of crimes against humanity," the court said.

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21 November 2011 by -

In widely-criticised procedures, the government will finally bring traitors from Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence to justice, said official on Sunday.

The first trial of a suspect, Delawar Hossain Sayedee, now a senior figure in the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party, stood in the dock as the war crimes tribunal opened in Dhaka with a lengthy statement from the chief prosecutor.

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