Weekly Hubble

The Weekly Hubble features the most popular or controversial international justice story of the past week and reactions on social media to the news. 

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Mixed reactions to the start of the Dominic Ongwen hearing

People follow the live transmission of the hearing of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) Rebel Commander, Dominic Ongwen, from the Lukodi disctrict of Gulu, on January 21, 2016.
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 14:59

It’s been a year in the making. 21 January 2016 marked the start of the confirmation of charges hearings against Dominic Ongwen at the International Criminal Court. Ongwen was surrendered to the Court almost a year ago, and his hearing has been one of the most discussed and anticipated over the last few months.
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pius odong

Add to this discussion.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 05:52
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Another day, another acronym: the Kosovo Court

Kosovo Relocated Specialist Judicial Institution
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 15:32

Yet again “The Hague” becomes the synonym for “the place where alleged war criminals get tried”. This time it’s the turn of former leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army, who will face charges related to killings, abductions, illegal detentions and persecution of opponents and alleged collaborators during the war to create a state in 1999-2000.

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Bubu

Can someone explain me why

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 16:51
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John Mimo

It may be useless enteprise. Both ICTY, UNMIK, EULEX and national prosecutors tried to indict Kosovo suspects to no avail. Problem is not only wittness intimidation but just general lack of evidence. KLA was a ragtag combination of guerla, no paper trail, weak chain of command, the other side meaning Slobo controlled the situation on the ground. New Kosovo court may start few processes but with good lawyers, suspects will be difficult to sentence "beyond reasonable" doubt".

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 19:02
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ASP: All things come to an end

14th Assembly of States Parties
Monday, November 30, 2015 - 08:51

It’s never over until the fat lady sings, as the saying goes. After roughly a week of diplomatic negotiations, side-events and presentations, it took quite a while for the Assembly of States Parties to conclude last Thursday. In fact, the fat lady held her final note for so long that even Luciano Pavarotti raised an eyebrow from beyond the grave.

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Assembly of States Parties on the horizon

World Forum Convention Centre in The Hague
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 13:44

Once a year (sometimes twice), state parties to the Rome Statute meet up for a week-long session about the workings and future of the International Criminal Court. This spectacle, known as the Assembly of States Parties, will take place in The Hague this year.

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Omar al-Bashir on the road again

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addresses delegates at the India-Africa summit in New Delhi
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 12:40

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's presence at the India-Africa summit has sparked off a flurry of comments on social media.

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Prayers for Kenya

Prayer rallies in Kenya
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 14:57

The most recent news out of the saga of the Kenya cases at the ICC is that Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang have filed a no case to answer motion., The move came after the prosecution finished presenting its case against them on charges of crimes against humanity in connection with the post-election violence that swept Kenya in 2007-2008.

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Is South Africa planning to pull out of the ICC?

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 13:11

Ever since Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir landed on South African soil this summer, the International Criminal Court and the South African government have been on a collision course. Last week, the two finally collided as South Africa announced its intention to withdraw from the Rome Statute.

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Niklas Jakobsson

But for me this looks more like a statement of intent than a threat, especially when looking at the statements that have been made from South Africa's side. Threats have been made a few times - but always less direct than this. However, I personally believe that the SA government stand to lose too much from leaving the court. Maybe it's a bluff to get influence at the ASP!? Interested to hear what you mean when you talk about "regroup"?

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 22:33
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sheila

I dont believe South Africa will follow through with it treat. However, this has to sound as a warning of the probility that if the ICC doesnt regroup there will be a significant number of countries living the court.

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 16:39
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Georgia moving forward

Members of Georgian NGOs waving the Georgian national flag
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 13:42

On the midnight train. On my mind. At the International Criminal Court. Georgia seems to be everywhere these days. I know – the classic songs talk about another Georgia – but the temptation was too great for me to pass up.

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Al Mahdi - Terrorist or Teacher?

Al Mahdi makes his first appearance at the ICC
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 13:51

It’s a story that has captured the thoughts and imaginations of the international justice community. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi has been the talk of The Hague for the last week, ever since he was transferred to the custody of the ICC on 26 September.

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War Crimes in Sri Lanka

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein of Jordan speaks on the UN Human Rights Office report on Sri Lanka
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 08:32

The Sri Lanka war crimes report, released last week by the United Nations, paints a picture of grave human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity. It’s a horrendous read. After having been delayed several months, the report was highly anticipated and generated a lot of talk on social media.

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