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Cambodia: Criminalizing Denial of Atrocities

(June 12, 2013) On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime’s atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in prison. In addition, in theory the new law could make it impossible for former Khmer Rouge […]

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: Six Former Croatian Leaders Convicted of Crimes Against Humanity

(June 4, 2013) According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of “crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or customs of war, and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions committed between 1992 and 1994.” (Press […]

Rwanda: ICTR Convicts Ex-Minister for Crimes Committed During 1994 Rwandan Genocide

(June 6, 2012) On May 31, 2012, Trial Chamber III of the Arusha, Tanzania, based International Criminal Court for Rwanda (ICTR) (ICTR website (last visited May 31, 2012)), convicted Callixte Nzabonimana on various charges for crimes he committed during the April through June 1994 Rwandan genocide, and it sentenced him to life in prison. (Callixte […]

France: Law on Denial of Recognized Genocide Crimes Challenged Before Constitutional Council

(Feb. 2, 2012) On January 23, 2012, the French Senate adopted, without any modifications, the draft law passed earlier by the National Assembly making a criminal offense “the denial or extreme minimization of one or several genocide crimes as defined in article 211-1 of the Penal Code and recognized as such by French law via […]

Rwanda: Former Mayor Convicted for Crimes Committed During the 1994 Genocide

(Nov. 18, 2011) On November 17, 2011, the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR (last visited Nov. 17, 2011)) convicted Gregoire Ndahimana, former mayor of Kivumu commune, Kibuye prefecture, of crimes committed during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. (UN Court Convicts Former Rwandan Mayor of Genocide, REUTERS (Nov. 17, 2011).) The prosecutor had indicted Ndahimana […]