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Kosovo: New War Crimes Court Approved

(Aug. 7, 2015) On August 3, 2015, the Parliament of Kosovo approved the establishment of a special court, a prosecution office, and financing for defense lawyers in connection with trials of people accused of war crimes during the 1998-1999 war between Kosovo and Serbia. In June, the same body had voted against setting up such […]

African Union; Chad; Senegal: Former Chad Dictator Hissene Habre’s Trial Adjourned to September

(July 28, 2015) On July 21, 2015, the trial of the former President of Chad, Hissène Habré, before the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) in Dakar, Senegal, was adjourned to September 7, 2015. (Diadie Ba, Trial of Chad’s Habre Suspended After Boycott by His Lawyers, REUTERS (July 21, 2015).) Habré had to be forced to appear […]

African Union; Chad; Senegal: Former Chad Dictator Hissene Habre’s Trial Opens in Dakar

(July 21, 2015) On July 20, 2015, the trial of former Chadian President Hissène Habré before the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) opened in Dakar, Senegal. He is facing accusations of crimes against humanity, torture, and war crimes. Habré denies being responsible for the thousands of deaths and the systematic torture that allegedly occurred during his […]

Croatia: Legislation Gives Benefits to War-Time Rape Victims

(June 5, 2015) On May 29, 2015, by a vote of 86 to 3, the parliament of Croatia passed a law giving compensation to women and girls who were raped during the 1991-1995 war in which Croatia attained independence from the former Yugoslavia; the legislation will come into force in January 2016. (Taylor Gillan, Croatia […]

Nepal: Supreme Court Strikes Down Amnesty Provision in Truth and Reconciliation Law

(Mar. 17, 2015) On February 26, 2015, Nepal’s Supreme Court struck down the amnesty provision in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Act. (Monica Moyo, Nepali Supreme Court Rejects Amnesty for War Crimes, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (Feb. 26, 2015).)  The amnesty provision grants the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Enforced […]

Nepal: Two Commissions on War Crimes Established

(Feb. 25, 2015) On February 10, 2015, the government of Nepal established two commissions to investigate allegations of war crimes and disappearances associated with the country’s ten-year civil war, which lasted from 1996 to 2006. (Alexandra Farone, Nepal Forms Commissions to Probe War Crimes, PAPER CHASE (Feb. 10 2015); Nepal: Conflict Profile, INSIGHT ON CONFLICT […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Militia Leader Sentenced

(Nov. 10, 2014) On November 7, 2014, a military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo gave a sentence of ten years of imprisonment to Jérôme Kakwavu, an army general who had been a rebel leader. The court found him guilty of two murders, the rapes of two women, and torture of two people, […]

Israel: Release of Prisoners Based on State or Security Reasons

(Oct. 23, 2014) On July 29, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Government Law (Amendment No. 9), 5774-2014 (Amendment Law, Knesset website [scroll down to appropriate link on the right]), amending the Government Law, 5761-2001, SEFER HAHUKIM 5761 No. 1780, p. 168, as amended (the Law) [both in Hebrew]).) The Amendment Law authorizes the […]

U.N. Human Rights Council: Gaza War Crimes Commission to Be Formed

(July 30, 2014) On July 23, 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution after concluding a special session on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The resolution included the decision “to establish an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights […]

International Criminal Court: Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crime

(June 13, 2014) On June 6, 2014, Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), issued a Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes. According to an ICC press release, the new document “will guide the Office of the Prosecutor … in fighting against impunity for sexual and gender-based crimes, and promote […]