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Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a Yazidi woman who escaped sexual enslavement by Islamic State, bows her head after telling her story during a UN Security Council meeting (Photo: Flickr/UN Photo/Amanda Voisard)
21 July 2016 by Stephanie van den Berg, The Hague (The Netherlands)

After a United Nations Inquiry commission found last month that the crimes of Islamic State (IS also known as ISIS) against the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq amounted to genocide the call for accountability and prosecution of the perpetrators increased. What are the options to see anyone in the dock for not only genocide but also the underlying war crimes and crimes against humanity the commission said have occurred? International Justice Tribune spoke to former US ambassador for war crimes Stephen Rapp [IJT-186] who plays a central role in advising all stakeholders inside and outside on how to move forward and find justice for crimes against the Yazidi.

 

 

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Inhabitants of the Menik Farm internally displaced person camp in Sri Lanka await a visit by the UN secretary-general in 2009 (Photo: Flickr/UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)
23 September 2015 by Frances Harrison, London (UK)

I learned exactly how a friend of mine was executed from the forensic examination the UN report did of the photographs of his corpse. His hands were tied behind his back and he was shot multiple times from behind. At least I now know he wasn’t tortured before he died, and in the warped world of Sri Lanka, that’s some comfort. I cannot imagine what it is like for his wife to relive this again.

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22 June 2011 by Geraldine Coughlan

Sri Lanka denies targeting civilians while crushing Tamil Tiger rebels but said action would be taken if war crimes allegations contained in a new British documentary were true. The Channel 4 documentary, “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”, contained footage of what it said were prisoner executions.

The programme also provided evidence to suggest that the Tamil Tiger fighters had also committed war crimes. Two UN investigators have confirmed the video as authentic, but the Sri Lankan authorities maintain it is fake. Victor Koppe, the lawyer for Tamil Tiger activists in Europe, told IJT how he would use such video evidence in court. 

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20 July 2011 by Geraldine Coughlan

One might wonder why it has taken until 17 July 2011 to celebrate International Criminal Justice Day when international criminal courts have been established since 1993. Or whether there is any reason at all to celebrate International Criminal Justice Day, as the ICC has not yet convicted anyone. 

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14 September 2011 by Geert Jan Knoops

Just moments after the September 11 attacks President George W. Bush firmly held the view, as we can read in his memoirs Decision Points, that these attacks were to be seen as “a declaration of war” against the United States. The former president also described his own opinion, which was shared by many citizens of the US, namely: “We were going to find out who did this, and kick their ass.” 

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at his swearing-in ceremony on 9 January 2015, in Colombo (Photo: Flickr/presidentgovlk)
19 April 2015 by Frances Harrison, London (UK)

After he swept to power in a surprise election result in January, Sri Lanka’s new president promised a break with the past. So far, that has meant moves like easing press restrictions and tackling corruption, rather than dealing with the worst crimes associated with the 2009 civil war. President Maithripala Sirisena promised “a strong internal mechanism to look into human rights”, but it is unclear when it will be established or what its remit will be. Critics say that for genuine accountability, it will have to tackle more than human rights abuses.

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18 May 2010 by -

Amnesty International has called on the United Nations to investigate human rights violations during the final months of the war between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government army.

Johan van Slooten

During the final stages of the 25-year war, which ended one year ago this month, tens of thousands of civilians were killed or displaced, but the UN has so far failed to launch an official inquiry into possible - war - crimes, Amnesty claims.

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04 May 2010 by -

International tribunals should be established to try pirates, the UN said last week. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at making it easier to prosecute and imprison pirates operating off the coast of Somalia. In recent years, dozens of ships have been seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.

By Lula Ahrens

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24 February 2010 by -

The deputy prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) says it is likely that crimes against humanity were committed during a bloody crackdown on protesters in Guinea last year.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

Fatou Bensouda, who has just returned from a three-day visit to Guinea, said on Friday, “on the basis of the information that we have received from this visit, we will pursue our preliminary examination.”

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24 February 2010 by Sebastian Gottlieb & Vessela Evrova

Austria came under fire earlier this month for refusing asylum to a Serbian man who turned over the infamous “Scorpion tape” to international prosecutors in The Hague.

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