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Ugandan Judge Flavia Senoga Anglin

Ugandan Judge Flavia Senoga Anglin: We have to put an end to useless wars

Uganda is one of the few countries that have set up local mechanisms for trying grave crimes like genocide and war crimes. Ugandan Judge Flavia Senoga Anglin recently spoke to a rapt Hague Talks audience about the tragic events that led her country to establish the International Crimes Division of Uganda.

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The 21st century way to professionalise international justice investigations

When there is an atrocity committed in a far-flung part of the world and experts are needed to investigate it, Justice Rapid Response (JRR) has the capacity to quickly assemble a team to collect and preserve evidence for use in future legal action against the perpetrator(s). In an interview with Justice Hub, JRR’s Executive Director Andras Vamos-Goldman told us “The 21st century works very differently. It requires a much faster reaction time because everything is faster in the 21st century so we are there to try to make the work of institutions including the work the ICC, the UN, and regional bodies faster. Not just faster but also more cost-effective.”

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Best of #MyJustice series 2017

Sometimes justice comes down to making people feel they have been heard: Best of #MyJustice series 2017

Like describing an elephant, “justice” is a hard word to define to everyone’s’ satisfaction. You just know it when you see it. In 2017, just as we’ve done in previous years, Justice Hub has chased and published stories of people working in different fields to make the world a more just and peaceful place. With the year coming to an end, we’ve prepared a list of the most interesting, moving and thought-provoking #MyJustice stories from 2017.

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Jane Waithera, an advocate for the rights of people with albinism

On growing up with albinism in Africa: "I didn’t want to be seen as nonhuman"

Jane Waithera is an advocate for the rights of people with albinism. At a recent Hague Talks themed on “How do we break social taboos” Waithera told a packed audience how, right from her birth, the society she was born into made her feel like she didn’t belong.

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Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister: With little steps we try to improve human rights all over the world

Mexican human rights activist Graciela Pérez Rodriguez has been awarded the 2017 Human Rights Tulip by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The prize recognizes and encourages individuals or organisations anywhere in the world who are using innovative ways to advance the course of justice. Justice Hub’s Janet Anderson caught up with Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra moments after he officially handed over the award.

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NGO expertise helps document rape during war

By Justice Hub 

The conflicts in Iraq and Syria have resulted in countless atrocities being committed against innocent civilians. Women and girls have borne the brunt of these crimes, particularly those of a sexual nature. ISIS, the extremist group also known by its...

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Victims of the Russo-Georgian War want to see high-level perpetrators punished

Nika Jeiranashvili of the Open Society Georgia Foundation recently sat down for an interview with Justice Hub’s Janet Anderson in The Hague to talk about, among other things, why the ICC’s investigation into Georgian situation is special: “It represents the first time that the ICC has stepped outside Africa or that it will be the first time that the court will deal with an international conflict,” he said. This piece is a write-up of their conversation and is published here as part of Justice Hub’s #MyJustice series.

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

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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Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi: “I plead guilty”

By Anissa Barrak

Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi was convicted of the war crime of having deliberately directed the attacks that, in June and July 2012, led to the destruction of ten religious and historical monuments in Timbuktu (Mali), a World Heritage site since 1988....

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

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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An Emerging Framework for All of Africa: The Right to a Fair Trial at The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Fair Trial Rights

At the end of last month,, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Court) handed down an unprecedented ten decisions. These decisions, made up of judgements, requests for advisory opinions and applications for interpretation of past judgements each all deserve to be examined in detail. This article by Oliver Windridge does just that.

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