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Egypt: Bill to Provide Judicial Immunity to Military Commanders

(July 23, 2018) On July 3, 2018, the Egyptian Parliament approved a bill granting judicial immunity to officers of the highest rank in the Egyptian armed forces for military acts committed during the two-and-a-half-year period beginning with the military coup of July 2013. The bill, which will now be sent to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi […]

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament Approves Bill Abolishing Military Courts

(Mar. 23, 2017) On December 27, 2016, the President of Kyrgyzstan signed into law amendments to the Constitutional Law on the Status of Judges of the Kyrgyz Republic that had been adopted by the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic. (Optimization of Spending: Military Courts Are Terminated in Kyrgyzstan, SPUTNIK-TJ.COM,  (Dec. 27, 2016) (in Russian); Law […]

Bahrain: Constitutional Amendment Allows Military Trials of Civilians

(Mar. 22, 2017) On March 6, 2017, the Bahraini Parliament (Shura Council) approved an amendment to article 105(b) of the Bahraini Constitution of 2002.  (Bahrain: Constitution of February 14 in English (2002) (Constitution), ACE Electoral Knowledge Network website.)  Members of the Council approved the constitutional amendment two weeks after it was passed by the National Assembly, […]

Israel: Sentencing of Soldier Convicted of Killing Neutralized Palestinian Assailant

(Mar. 13, 2017) On February 21, 2017, the Military Court Central District issued a sentence in the case of an Israel Defense Forces  sergeant who had been convicted of manslaughter and of “unbecoming conduct” for shooting and killing an injured Palestinian assailant without justification and in violation of military rules of engagement.  (File 182/16, Military […]

Israel: Military Court Decision on Killing Neutralized Palestinian Assailant

(Jan. 26, 2017) On January 4, 2017, Israel’s Military Court for the Central District unanimously convicted an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sergeant (the defendant) of manslaughter for lethally shooting a Palestinian assailant in violation of section 298 of the Penal Law. The Court further convicted the defendant of “unbecoming conduct” under section 130 of the […]

Australia: Amendments to War Crimes Provisions Relate to Fight Against Islamic State

(Oct. 17, 2016) On October 12, 2016, the Australian government introduced a bill into the Parliament to amend provisions related to war crimes contained in the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).  (Criminal Code Amendment (War Crimes) Bill 2016, PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA (last visited Oct. 13, 2016).) The proposed changes were first announced by the Prime […]

Thailand: Junta to End Prosecutions of Dissidents in Military Courts

(Sept. 20, 2016) Thailand’s ruling junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), announced on September 12, 2016, that it will no longer try cases involving threats to national security and insults against the monarchy in military courts, a measure that has been in place since the military seized power in the country in […]

Turkey: Immunity for Soldiers Involved in Counterterrorism Operations

(July 5, 2016) On June 24, 2016, the Grand National Assembly (Turkey’s parliament) adopted a law amending the Turkish Armed Forces Personnel Law, along with some other laws, to provide for immunity from prosecution, in some cases, of armed forces personnel engaged in counterterrorism operations; prosecution of soldiers will require the permission of “the military […]

Egypt: Military Court Sentences Toddler to Life Imprisonment by Mistake

(Mar. 2, 2016) In February 2016, the West Cairo Military Court in Egypt found Ahmed Mansour Qorani, who is just three years of age, guilty of the felonies of murder, carrying guns and firebombs, blocking a road with burning tires, and trying to damage government buildings. Accordingly, the court sentenced him to life imprisonment. (Nour […]

Burkina Faso: Arrest Warrant Issued for Former President

(Jan. 6, 2016) On December 21, 2015, Burkina Faso’s military court issued an international arrest warrant for the country’s former President, Blaise Compaoré. An international warrant was necessary because Compaoré has been living in the Cote d’Ivoire, a country on the southwestern border of Burkina Faso. He is charged with having a role in the […]