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Helen Mack, sister of murdered Guatemalan anthropologist Myrna Mack, speaks at March 2015 meeting of La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) (Photo: Flickr/cidh/Daniel Cima)
02 December 2015

IJT 188 takes a close look at Guatemala's newly opened 'high-risk' court, which many hope will expedite lawsuits concerning the country's decades-long armed conflict. 

Other features:

  • In the Netherlands, an Afghan army commander-turned-Dutch national was arrested and accused of war crimes allegedly committed in 1979.
  • In Bangladesh, two men were hanged for committing international crimes during the war of independence, compelling many Bangladeshis to celebrate and international human rights organizations to question the International Crimes Tribunal's fairness.
  • While ICC state parties held their annual meeting last month in The Hague, groups discussed on the side whether ecocide could become the fifth crime against peace.

 

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Poster calling for the hanging of accused war criminals at 2013 Shabagh protests in Bangladesh (Photo: David Bergman)
10 November 2015 by David Bergman

The soon-to-be-sealed fate of two men, sentenced to death for the commission of international crimes during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence, has reignited criticism of the country’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT).

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04 October 2011 by -

Arun Dey was 11 when he saw his mother, brother and sister killed and his father abducted during Operation Searchlight - the first night of Bangladesh's bloody struggle for independence from Pakistan.

Pakistani soldiers acting on a tip-off raided Dey's family home on the Dhaka University campus looking for his father, a prominent pro-independence activist who ran the university canteen. It was March 26, 1971.

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21 June 2011 by -

In news that shows clear interference with the legal process by the government of Bangladesh, the first war crimes trial from the 1971 war of independence under the 1973 International Crimes Tribunal Act is declared by the Minister of Justice to be starting in July of this year.

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25 August 2010 by -

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29 February 2012

Summary and link to PDF of IJT 146.

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05 November 2014 by David Bergman

A spate of rulings against leaders of Bangladesh’s biggest Islamist opposition party for atrocities during the war in 1971 shows the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) forging ahead – despite continuing criticism from outside the country.

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05 November 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue number 169.

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