ICC not to be “dustbin for political has-beens”

17 Dec 2014 | By Janet H. Anderson ( IJT-172 )
In the run-up to the annual meeting of the International Criminal Court (ICC), held earlier this month in New York, a panel of legal experts presented recommendations for the court’s future. Tasked by a number of member states and funded by Switzerland, they critically reviewed the ICC’s last 12 years and, as lawyers who have worked in many international tribunals, […]
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Kosovo edges closer to special war crimes court
17 Dec 2014 | By Una Hajdari ( IJT-172 )
Plans to form a special court for prosecuting crimes allegedly committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) gained ground last week with the election of a new prosecutor and Pristina’s announcement of a new government.
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Victims’ frustration with truth commission report
17 Dec 2014 | By Thierry Ogier ( IJT-172 )
As international human rights organizations praised the 10 December report of Brazil’s truth commission on military regime-era torture, victims and surviving families expressed indignation. The official report on human rights violations from 1946 to 1988 came after a 30-month investigation led by the National Truth Commission, locally called the CNV. […]
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On closing, has Rwanda tribunal delivered enough?
17 Dec 2014 | By Clive Muhenga ( IJT-172 )
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), officially closing at yearend, has contributed tremendously to the global fight against impunity. Over 20 years, it has issued 60 convictions and produced a treasure of jurisprudence. But it has not fulfilled its entire mandate, say analysts who point to a failure to prosecute former rebels of the Rwandan Patriotic […]
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Tunisian truth commission opens despite internal turmoil
17 Dec 2014 By Julie Schneider (IJT-172)
Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (TCD) began its work on Monday, opening two weeks later than originally planned.
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Withdrawal of Kenyatta case highlights ICC prosecution weakness
17 Dec 2014 By Stephanie van den Berg & Janet H. Anderson (IJT-172)
The withdrawal of charges against Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta two weeks ago has raised questions about the capacity of the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) to secure evidence against suspects if states are unwilling to cooperate.
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