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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 […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; International Criminal Court: Convicted War Criminal Sentenced

(May 30, 2014) On May 23, 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Germain Katanga, a militia leader from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to 12 years of imprisonment. Katanga had been convicted in March 2014 of war crimes and crimes against humanity stemming from his role as the leader of the Patriotic […]

Sri Lanka; United Nations: Human Rights Council to Investigate Alleged War Crimes Committed During Civil War

(Apr. 4, 2014) On March 27, 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted to start an investigation into war crimes that may have occurred during Sri Lanka’s 25-year civil war, which ended in 2009. (UN Rights Council Approves Inquiry into Alleged Abuses in Sri Lanka War, UN NEWS CENTRE (Mar. 27, 2014).) The inquiry […]