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International: United Nations Welcomes Loosening of Sanctions in Gulf Region

(Feb. 17, 2021) On January 5, 2021, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement welcoming the news that Saudi Arabia had lifted the economic and political sanctions it had imposed on Qatar since 2017. Guterres was joined two days later by U.N. Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights Alena Douhan, […]

Côte d’Ivoire: ICC Prosecutor Appeals Acquittal of Former Ivorian Leaders

(Dec. 2, 2019) On October 17, 2019, the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor in the case of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé filed a motion for the ICC Appeals Chamber to declare a mistrial following the two defendants’ January 15 acquittal. Laurent Gbagbo was the president of Côte d’Ivoire from 2000 until 2011, and […]

International: Investigations Launched at International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court Regarding Situation of Rohingya People

(Nov. 29, 2019) On November 11, 2019, the Republic of The Gambia (The Gambia) instituted proceedings against the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Myanmar) before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), alleging violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the Genocide Convention). The Gambia’s submission is also […]

International: International Criminal Court Gives Former Democratic Republic of Congo Militia Leader Maximum 30-Year Prison Sentence

(Nov. 19, 2019) On November 7, 2019, the International Criminal Court (ICC) handed down its heaviest sanction ever to Bosco Ntaganda, a former deputy chief of staff and commander of operations of the Forces Patriotiques pour la Libération du Congo (FPLC). Ntaganda was convicted in July 2019 of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including […]

ICC: Jurisdiction over Crime of Aggression Activated

(Dec. 26, 2017) The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) met at United Nations headquarters from December 4 to 14, 2017. (Press Release, Assembly Activates Court’s Jurisdiction over Crime of Aggression, ICC website (Dec. 15, 2017).) The Assembly “is the Court’s management oversight and legislative body and […]

International Criminal Court/Mali: Reparations Order Issued for Timbuktu Damage

(Aug. 29, 2017) On August 17, 2017, Trial Chamber VIII of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a Reparations Order in the case of The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi. (Jaclyn Belczyk, ICC Orders Reparations for Destruction of Timbuktu Shrines, PAPER CHASE (Aug. 17, 2017); Situation in the Republic of Mali in the […]

International Criminal Court/Sudan: Prosecutor Calls for End to Impunity

(June 20, 2017) On June 8, 2017, Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), called again for the United Nations Security Council and the world in general to support efforts to pursue justice for violations of human rights in Darfur, a region in western Sudan. (Ram Eachambadi, ICC Prosecutor Urges International Community […]

ICC: Court to Expand Focus to Environmental and Other Serious Crimes

(Sept. 26, 2016) On September 15, 2016, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it will work on prosecuting environmental and other serious crimes. The announcement came in a press release and policy paper on how the Court will prioritize and select cases. By publishing the paper, described as an “internal document,” the Court hopes […]

ICC/Mali: First Guilty Plea in War Crimes Case

(Aug. 24, 2016) On August 22, 2016, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, described as a jihadist from Mali, pleaded guilty at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to destroying historical and religious monuments, which is a war crime. He is the first person ever to plead guilty to a charge at that court. (Malian Jihadist Pleads Guilty at ICC to […]

ICC: Milestone Guilty Verdict Treats Rape as a War Crime

(Apr. 14, 2016) On March 21, 2016, the three-member Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in what has been described as a landmark ruling, unanimously declared the former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, “guilty beyond any reasonable doubt of two counts of crimes against humanity (murder […]