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“Were you tortured? Yes, sure”: In conversation with Syrian activist Bassam al-Ahmad

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 09:59

More than 465,000 people are either dead or missing as a result of the 6-year conflict in Syria. Rights activist Bassam al-Ahmad is trying to ensure that as many of those individuals as possible get a chance to tell their stories. Even though he was at one time in serious danger of becoming part of the deadly statistics himself, when his work chronicling the ravages of the civil war earned him a stint in one of Syria’s notorious prisons. This interview is published here as part of Justice Hub’s #MyJustice series.

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ICJ Media Review: Witness testifies against Ongwen on orders to attack IDP camp for food

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 00:00

In this week's review, news about Gbagbo’s detention, amendment of the ICC regulations, testimony in Ongwen case, Stanisic and Simatovic retrial evidence decision, and more

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Jimena Reyes of FIDH: If the ICC wants to keep its legitimacy it has to open a preliminary examination in Mexico

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 13:25

What to do about a country that has experienced 200,000 murders and 32,000 disappearances over the last 10 years? According to a new report by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), together with several Mexican human rights organisations, murders and disappearances within the northern state of Coahuila de Zaragoza are not "solely attributable to drug cartels". Rather state authorities have "committed crimes against humanity in undeniable collusion with the Zetas cartel", And, later, the NGOs say, "state authorities responsible for law enforcement directly committed crimes against humanity through their Special Forces". Presenting the report in The Hague, FIDH - with signatures from about 100 Mexican NGOs, urged the prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch a preliminary examination.

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Bertha von Suttner: The inspiration behind the Nobel Peace Prize is getting her due

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 09:16

Why is it that women's voices appear so rarely when discussing the history of peace movements and international law? One academic is championing efforts to celebrate the extraordinary life of a giant of the peace movements of more than 100 years ago - Bertha von Suttner. . She was not only the first woman to be solely awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, she’s also widely credited for inspiring Alfred Nobel to include a prize for champions of peace among the prizes provided for in his will. A lifelong pacifist, Bertha also wrote several books that championed the cause of peace activists worldwide. At a time when women were expected to be seen and not heard, Bertha was recognised as an outspoken leader in the peace movement. Yet, despite her gender-defying achievements and intellectual contributions, Bertha has been given short shrift in the tellings of history.

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ICJ Media Review: ICC Trial Chamber finds South Africa in non-compliance but will not refer to UNSC

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 00:00

In this week's review, news about the ICC’s decision on South Africa’s non-compliance, Bemba’s application on frozen assets, the appointment of the head of the Syria investigation panel, allegations of CAH in Mexico, Bemba’s appeal on reparation experts, and more

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ICC set to issue major ruling in legal and political dispute with South Africa

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:05

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) rule on Thursday whether South Africa had the obligation to arrest the president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, during an official visit. What are the legal and political issues at stake?

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Justice dies in darkness

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 14:37

Truth, justice and democracy are fragile things. Few people understand this better than award-winning Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed. Saeed was tortured by state officers during the Arab Spring after reporting on the death of a peaceful protestor at the hands of the police. A lesser person would have turned tail after such a traumatic experience but Saeed is made of tougher stuff.

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International law was designed to protect vulnerable refugees but we should do our part too

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 12:54

Much to the disappointment of human rights advocates, the American government is currently actively pursuing measures to reduce the number of refugees it admits from war-torn countries like Syria. For American human rights defenders like Christina Moreno, this is a low point in the country’s imperfect but exemplary human rights record.

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Justice has to address local needs and respect customs

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 11:06

Researcher Ruth Murambadoro firmly believes that justice is best applied when it has a local flavour. Having conducted extensive research in her native Zimbabwe, Ruth is skeptical that international justice is better than traditional African justice mechanisms at addressing the grievances of victims and affected communities.

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ICJ Media Review: President of Kosovo Court announces approval of Rules of Procedure and Evidence

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 15:35

In this week's review, news about MICT testimony in Stanisic and Simatovic retrial, KRSJI rules, Dutch responsibility for Srebrenica, ECCC investigation closes and closing statements made in on-going trial and more

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