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Posts Tagged ‘War Crimes’

Why Africans should support justice in DRC by acknowledging the Congolese genocide

AFP photo   By Benedicte Kumbi Last year friends such as Ugandan Josephine Apira and Rwandan comrades of the same struggle Ambrose Nzeyimana and Rene Claudel Mugenzi agreed to support a petition we as Congolese had written regarding the situation in the Great Lakes.

Sri Lanka’s Crumbling Credibility

Reuters photo   By Kumarathasan Rasingam The credibility of Sri Lanka in relation to the settlement of the 60 year old ethnic problem of Tamils can be judged from the fate of several pacts, agreements and undertakings which were made from 1956 to 2009 and the Sri Lankan Government’s unwillingness to comply with the implementation […]

Sri Lanka and the International Criminal Court

Reuters photo   By Thambu Kanagasabai There appears to be some confusion as to the scope of functions and jurisdiction of the ICC, and more particularly its jurisdiction over Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes.

Iraqi civilians killed by airstrikes in their homes after being told not to flee Mosul

Suhaib Salem/Reuters   By Amnesty International Hundreds of civilians have been killed by airstrikes inside their homes or in places where they sought refuge after following Iraqi government advice not to leave during the offensive to recapture the city of Mosul from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), human rights NGO Amnesty International […]

ICC to award compensation to victims of DRC war crimes

AFP photo   By Sylvain Muyali Judges from the International Criminal Court (ICC) could on Friday award the first sums allocated to the compensation for victims of war crimes, estimated at more than 16.4 million dollars by the lawyers of the victims of an attack on a Congolese village in 2003.

Guilty by association or just plain guilty?

Blackbox Film photo   By Hazel Speed   Goebbels’ secretary, Brunhilde Pomsel, dies aged 106  

Sri Lanka & UNHRC Session – March 2017

Dinuka Liyanawatte   By Thambu Kanagasabai   Will Justice for Tamils be Delayed for Denial?

Syria:13,000 secretly hanged in Saydnaya military prison

Cesare Davolio   By Amnesty International A chilling new report from human rights NGO Amnesty International has exposed the “cold-blooded killing of thousands of defenceless prisoners” in a Syrian government jail where an estimated 13,000 people have been hanged in the past five years, and where mass hangings of up to 50 people at a […]

Africa hobbling out of the International Criminal Court

Reuters photo   By Joe Khamisi Africa, it seems, has begun the long-talked about process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

South Sudan: Deliberate killings by govt troops as UN forces fail to protect civilians

Zohra Bensemra/Reuters   By Amnesty International South Sudanese government forces are responsible for deliberately killing civilians, raping women and girls and looting property in July in Juba, the country’s capital, human rights NGO Amnesty International said in a new report launched earlier this week.

The National dialogue in Sudan has died a clinical death

Eraphim Hamid/AFP   By Mohamed Elgadi It is unfortunate for Sudan, to a scandalous degree that the national dialogue is no longer, this from a terrorist Khartoum government led by President Omar al-Bashir.

United States and Britain enable the catastrophe that has engulfed Yemen today

Mohammed Huwais/AFP   By Rupen Savoulian Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia, along with its Gulf State allies, has pursued a relentless bombing campaign and siege of the nation of Yemen, in order to influence the political order in that country.

‘Eluga Tamil’ (Arise Tamils) and vilifying Justice Wigneswaran

Chamila Karunaratne/AP   By Thambu Kanagasabai The ‘Eluga Tamil’ rallies held in Jaffna on September 24, 2016 received an overwhelming response and ended with astonishing success beyond the expectations of many, belying the pessimists.

Continued fighting in South Sudan must not derail Hybrid Court to try war crimes

Simon Maina/AFP   By Amnesty International Continued fighting in South Sudan must not derail justice for crimes committed during the deadly conflict that began in December 2013, said human rights NGO Amnesty International and FIDH in a joint briefing published yesterday.

Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader Mir Quasem Ali

AAP photo   By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh has hanged Islamist party leader Mir Quasem Ali for war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence.

Bangladesh paves way for execution of Islamist party leader for 1971 war crimes

AP photo   By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh’s apex court has paved the way for the execution of an influential Islamist party leader for 1971 war crimes.

Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing

Guang Niu   By Cynthia M. Lardner Genocide and ethnic cleansing, forms of Scientific Racism, have been around since the beginning of time. Since the Holocaust, various conventions and treaties have been entered into making genocide a crime and ethnic cleansing a crime against humanity. International tribunals have been created, at great expense, to acknowledge […]

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: International Criminal Law

By Cynthia M. Lardner International criminal tribunals have been created to redress the harm done to millions of victims as a result of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, to provide reparations, and to act as a deterrent. Vested with the authority to proceed when nations are unable to effectively adjudicate matters internally and […]

Trial delayed of rebel Ugandan LRA commander indicted on war crimes

Sam Farmar   By Gloria Nakiyimba The pre-trial hearing of Thomas Kwoyelo, a senior commander in the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) group, indicted on war crimes in Uganda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo between 1987 and 2008, flopped on Monday after defense lawyers failed to show up in court in the […]

Bangladesh ex-MP sentenced to death for 1971 war crimes

By Sheuli Akter A special tribunal in Bangladesh capital Dhaka dealing with war crimes committed during the country’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971 has sentenced a former lawmaker to death and seven others life in prison.

Sri Lanka and UNHRC Resolution 30/1 – No further forward

Reuters photo   By Thambu Kanagasabai United Nations High Commissioner’s Report on Sri Lanka on UNHRC Resolution 30/1  –  Ample space for Sri Lanka testing its Commitments & Credibilities   In the much expected 32nd session of the Human Rights Council, the UN Human Rights High Commissioner delivered its oral statement evaluating the progress made […]

Amnesty International respond to Chilcot report on Iraq war

Reuters photo   By Amnesty International Following yesterday’s publication of the Iraq Inquiry, Sir John Chilcot’s much-awaited report on the UK’s involvement in the 2003 Iraq war, human rights NGO Amnesty International in response released a statement.

Testing Time for United Nations and Sri Lanka

By Thambu Kanagasabai The armed struggle by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam which commenced in 1976 with the failure of peaceful struggles initiated in 1956 by the past Tamil political leaders, reached its climax in the Eelam war IV from 2006 – 2009.

ICC request minimum 25 years for Bemba’s war crimes in Central African Republic

Michael Kooren By Darell Maurice The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) last week requested “at least 25 years” imprisonment against former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba for the murders and rapes committed by his militia in Central African Republic between 2002 and 2003.

Museveni sworn in as President amid controversy in Uganda

By Gloria Nakiyimba Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been sworn in as Uganda’s President. In his maiden speech after taking the Presidential Oath for another term of five years, president Museveni called upon African leaders to work for total peace in Congo, Burundi, Somalia and Central African Republic.

Bangladesh hangs Islamist party chief convicted of 1971 war crimes

By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh has executed the largest Islamist party chief for committing crimes against humanity during the country’s liberation in 1971.

Dear corporate media – Radovan Karadzic is a European Christian terrorist

By Rupen Savoulian The title above is intended to be deliberately provocative, and it is not original either.

Former Congolese Vice President convicted of war crimes at ICC

By Darell Maurice The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday hailed a “historic” judgment of the Court which recognized that former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba committed crimes against humanity and war crimes for murder and rape committed by his militia in Central African Republic in 2002-2003.

Bangladesh minister points finger at Pakistan for militant activities in Bangladesh

By Sheuli Akter A Bangladeshi minister has pointed the finger at the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka for recent militant activities in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh to try 195 Pakistan army personnel for 1971 war crimes

By Sheuli Akter The Bangladeshi government will take steps to try 195 Pakistani army personnel for crimes against humanity committed during the country ‘s war of independence in 1971.