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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
     
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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.

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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).

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05 February 2007 by -

On January 31, Yolanda Izquierdo, head of the People's Housing Organization who represented victims of former paramilitary leader Salvator Mancuso, currently on trial in Medellin [IJT-60], was assassinated in front of her home in Cordoba province, in the northwest part of the country. According to the daily El Tiempo, this murder is the third notorious attack in 15 days against a person representing victims of paramilitary forces.

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11 June 2014 by IJT

Ahead of next Sunday’s run-off in the presidential election in Colombia, the government and the FARC rebel group have agreed to set up a truth commission to investigate the deaths of around 220,000 people during the last five decades. 

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11 June 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 161.

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