South African Decision to Quit the ICC Draws Critics in Africa and Beyond

    by  • October 24, 2016 • Africa, ICC, International Justice • 

    Jacob Zuma

    South Africa’s announcement on Oct. 21 that it intends to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, which has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, has met strong opposition from civil society groups in that country and other African and international human-rights organizations. Africa has played major roles in the independent court,...

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    Palestinians Sign the International Court Treaty, Hoping to See Israel Tried

    by  • January 2, 2015 • ICC, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 

    Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, tells the press that the treaty to the International Criminal Court has been signed and delivered to the UN Secretariat on Jan. 2, 2105.

    The Palestinians have deposited copies of the legal instruments to join the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the world’s single permanent judicial body to try war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. If Palestine is accepted as a member of the court, it will be the 123rd state party to do so. Until now,...

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    Palestinians Move Fast to Join the ICC as Bid for Full Statehood Fails at the UN

    by  • December 31, 2014 • ICC, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 

    Dina Kawar, Jordan's ambassador to the United Nations, meets with the press after the Dec. 30 vote on Palestinian statehood failed in the Security Council. LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO

    The Palestinians’ failed proposal to formally establish a state and end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by late 2017 through a vote in the United Nations Security Council on Dec. 30 continued to reflect the immense influence of the United States on the Palestinians’ ability to assert themselves through the world body. The...

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    New Protocols and Policies Tackle Sexual Violence in War

    by  • June 19, 2014 • Child Soldiers, Gender-Based Violence, ICC, International Justice, Women • 

    Imagery from the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held in London in June 2014.

    As Sunni Muslim extremists first seized strategic cities in Iraq last week, and a United Nations spokesman for the human-rights high commissioner, Navi Pillay, said that rapes had been part of the mayhem, leaving four female victims dead from suicide, the first global conference to end such heinous crimes took place in London. There,...

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    Congolese Rebel Leader Faces Broad Charges of Sex Crimes

    by  • February 13, 2014 • Africa, Child Soldiers, Gender-Based Violence, ICC, International Justice, Women • 

    Bosco Ntaganda

    The first step to possibly try Bosco Ntaganda, a Congolese warlord born in Rwanda, for war crimes and crimes against humanity, began recently at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ntaganda, who turned himself in to the court last year by going to the United States Embassy in Rwanda, allegedly committed the crimes...

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    ICC Prosecutor Asks to Postpone Trial Against Kenyan President

    by  • December 19, 2013 • Africa, ICC, International Justice • 

    Kenyatta, president of Kenya

    Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague, has asked for a three-month postponement in the trial for the case against the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. The trial, already postponed several times, was to have started on Feb. 5, 2014. Kenyatta was accused of being an indirect...

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    The International Criminal Court Fends Off ‘Ferocious’ Attack, Prosecutor Says

    by  • September 28, 2013 • Africa, Human Rights, ICC, International Justice, Middle East, Security Council • 1 Comment

    Fatou Bensouda, ICC prosecutor

    The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor – Fatou Bensouda – was busy in New York this week, rallying support for the court on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly annual debate. The Gambia native, who succeeded Luis Moreno-Ocampo, an Argentine, to head the  prosecutor’s office, talked exclusively to PassBlue about her...

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    UN War Crimes Archives Trove Released to International Court

    by  • July 24, 2013 • Asia, ICC, International Justice, Women • 1 Comment

    Nuremberg trial

    The International Criminal Court has just acquired a huge trove of nearly all the unrestricted records of the United Nations War Crimes Commission and is now making them available to the public. The records include more than 2,240 documents, totaling about 22,000 pages of meeting minutes, working documents, research documents and war crimes trial...

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    Rape as a Weapon of War? It’s Still in Business

    by  • July 8, 2013 • ICC, International Justice, Peace and Security, Security Council, Women • 1 Comment

    Security Council meets on women, peace and security: June 24, 2013

    The newest United Nations Security Council resolution that continues to build a stronger framework to prevent and end sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations sends a strong signal that such offenses will be punished as war crimes under international law. The resolution, agreed by a unanimous vote after difficult negotiations, passed on June...

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