Stephen Rapp speaking at a Coalition for the ICC event in 2013 (Photo: Flickr/CICC)
30 September 2015

IJT 186 is our first issue after the summer break and also the first in our new publishing scheme of a monthly digest of our feature articles which appeared on our site previously.

Screenshot of the historic handshake of Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos with FARC supreme commander Timochenko (Photo: Twitter/@MarkKennedy721)
30 September 2015 by Louisa Reynolds, Guatemala City (Guatemala)

Though hailed as ground-breaking, the agreement on justice and reparations reached between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group on 23 September has also been criticized for its emphasis on recognizing, rather than punishing, past wrongs. The signing of the final deal is expected to end one of the world’s longest-running wars.

A demonstration outside the Guatemalan embassy in Mexico against the overturned sentence of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt (Photo: Flickr/Amnistía Mexico)
18 May 2015 by Louisa Reynolds, Guatemala City (Guatemala)

After decades of slow justice, Colombian and Guatemalan victims of sexual crimes committed during their respective countries’ armed conflicts are fighting to get their cases heard. In late April, Colombian human rights organizations called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to intervene and start prosecuting. Meanwhile, in Guatemala late last year, after decades of silence and neglect, victims of sexual violence achieved an important victory when a landmark sexual slavery trial opened.

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.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who recently rejected the idea of granting the FARC total amnesty (Photo: Flickr/globovision)
07 April 2015 by Louisa Reynolds

Almost two-and-a-half years after the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) began peace talks in Havana, key agreements have been reached on land reform, political participation and drug trafficking.

24 February 2010 by -

US prosecutors have filed fresh charges against Viktor Bout in a bid to have him extradited from Thailand. The suspected arms trafficker is believed to have sold weapons to the FARC, Taliban, al Qaeda and various African warlords.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The new indictment against Bout contains nine charges, including conspiracy, money laundering and wire fraud for allegedly trying to hide millions in profits from arms dealing. Bout is also accused of trying to buy planes from two Florida aviation companies in 2007, said US Attorney Preet Bharara.

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).

18 December 2006 by Christopher Marlowe

Fearing an escape attempt, the Colombian government transferred 59 paramilitary leaders from their detention center at a former holiday camp and brought them to trial. The warlords first appeared in court on December 14-15, in Barranquilla and in Medellin. On December 1st, these 'paras' had frantically phoned radio stations to tell of a massive build up of troops and helicopters circling the detention center where they were being held. Hundreds of heavily-armed soldiers forcibly moved them from their comfortable center in La Ceja to the Itagui maximum security prison in Medellin. One week later, they broke off talks with the government. On November 15, a few journalists were allowed to visit the 'paras' in La Ceja. Among them was a correspondent with IJT.

12 June 2006 by Juanita Leon

Interview with Antanas Mockus

Iconoclastic politician Antanas Mockus received only 1.2% of the votes in Columbia's presidential election on May 28, but he is well-known for his intellectual capacities. Former dean of the National University and two-term mayor of Bogota, Mockus has mobilized public opinion against the violent actions of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) guerrilla. One of his campaign themes was that "pardons were not guaranteed," because the International Criminal Court (ICC) could always step in to try these crimes. He discussed the role of the ICC in Colombia with IJT and explained why he supported it the clause for a 7-year delay before the Rome Treaty enters into force.