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A legal reckoning for the war on terror

Helen Duffy Leiden University
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 11:57

Helen Duffy, professor of human rights and humanitarian law at Leiden University, and director of Human Rights in Practice, uses case studies, especially of litigation she has worked on, to illustrate the challenges and impact of 'strategic human rights litigation' - a growing area where lawyers increasingly use courts and other bodies to protect human rights of individuals by holding states to account. One of her cases recently made the news when alleged high level Al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah won against Lithuania in the European Court of Human Rights over torture he experienced as part of the CIA's rendition programme in the 'war on terror'.

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ICL Media Review: France issues arrest warrants for Syrian officials

France - Syria
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 09:34

In this week's review, news about the conclusion of the Dutch Government’s investigation into Praljak’s suicide, a joint UN Report on mass graves found in former ISIL territory, Bensouda’s statement on Libya, a French arrest warrant against Syrian officials and more

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ICL Media Review: Burundi extends the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to cover crimes committed since 1885

President Pierre Nkurunziza talks to the press following his meeting with a UN Security Council delegation
Monday, November 5, 2018 - 13:52

In this week's review, submissions to the MICT on the suitability of hearing the #Turinabo trail to The Hague, UN Fact-Finding Mission on genocide in Myanmar, IACHR and the migrant caravan, Karadzic submissions on disqualification petitions and more

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“The Men Who Killed Me” 2.0 project: Understanding sexual violence in conflict and empowering its survivors 

Candles for Rwanda
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 11:02

Ten years ago, the book “The Men Who Killed Me” was published.  It gave 17 of the survivors of sexual crimes during the genocide in Rwanda (16 women and one man) a stage upon which they could share their photos, harrowing experiences and narrative with the world. Now, in light of the upcoming 25th commemoration of the genocide in 2019, it is the survivors’ wish to put forth an updated edition of the book to show how their lives have unfolded in the past decade. 

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ICL Media Review: Swedish Government approves indictment of oil executive over war crimes committed in Sudan

Lady Justice
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 08:41

In this week's review, news about the health of ECCC convict Duch, Bemba files Notice of Appeal on re-sentencing decision, Al-Hassan confirmation hearing postponed, Central African Republic Special Court’s first hearing and more:

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Gambia’s search for the truth

President Adama Barrow takes a group picture with Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) members
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 10:56

What does the launch of Gambia's new Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission mean to the next generation? Gambian children used drama to tell stories about their expectations of the transitional justice process in the West African country.

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ICL Media Review: Charles Taylor's ex-wife pleads not guilty in UK trial on torture in Liberia

Agnes Taylor
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 11:25

In this week's review, news about the ICC Prosecutor’s statement on planned evictions in Palestine, the closure of Lebanon tribunal contempt case, Karadzic’s request on the removal of an appeals judge, launch of Gambia’s Truth Commission and the not guilty plea in Charles Taylor’s ex-wife case in the UK and more.

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ICL Media Review: Uganda ordered to compensate former LRA fighter Thomas Kwoyelo

Thomas Kwoyelo
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 13:13

In this week's review, news about Judge Meron’s disqualification on the Karadzic appeal, the postponement of the Lubanga reparations hearing, the African Commission’s decision on compensating an LRA fighter, Rwanda’s penal code supporting genocide, South Sudan’s opposition to a hybrid tribunal and more

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Don’t be silent! There are so many of us

Sigrid Kaag - Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 06:59

Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, made a strong argument against populism, during an annual lecture in September, in honour of Holocaust survivor Abel Herzberg. "We increasingly notice that parts of society are susceptible to half-truths, manipulation, fake news", she said. She drew a comparison with the Weimar Republic - Germany just after World War I - where democracy was overthrown by increasingly radical parties. Kaag also said that she is regularly confronted with her Dutch identity as a person married to a Palestinian man. She regularly has to explain that her daughter is really her daughter, just because she looks 'different'. "Sometimes, because of my marriage and career, I am treated as a foreigner in my own country. And then I wonder: who decides that? Who is the Dutch foreign national, and who is not. In the stereotype I often clearly belong, and more painfully, my children too."

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A legal path to justice emerges for Myanmar

Rohingya refugees in refugee camp in Bangladesh, 2017.jpg
Monday, October 8, 2018 - 15:33

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva voted in September 2018 for the establishment of an evidence-gathering mechanism to provide accountability for gross human rights violations in Myanmar. Sean Bain of the International Commission of Jurists argues that this can complement existing or potential national and international justice systems, be that of the ICC, foreign courts with jurisdiction, or later in Myanmar, or a mix of these options. He says this is an important foundation for effective accountability which deserves support.

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