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IJT – Report: Mladic: just another “false start”
The trial of former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic started before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) last Wednesday – but not really. Immediately after the Prosecution’s two-day opening statement, presentation of the evidence was “suspended sine die”, as presiding judge Alphons Orie put it, or – indefinitely.
IJT- Report: In or out – still no sense of justice
A day before their appeals hearing, people were praying for Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac in the local church in Pakostani, the town where General Gotovina’s family resides. The two contested their prison terms of 24 and 18 years respectively, before the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on 14 May.
IJT – Analysis: The smaller the fish, the bigger the rap
The lowest ranking officer of the Rwandan Armed Forces (Forces armées rwandaises, or FAR) ever convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is Lieutenant Ildephonse Hategekimana. The former commander of a small military camp in southern Rwanda, he is also the only officer to receive the maximum sentence for his crime.
IJT – Arab Spring series: “Dialogue is launched in Tunisia”
It’s too early to speak about a clear comprehensive policy. However, what we have been witnessing since December are many indicators that there is serious political will to deal with the past. A Ministry for Human Rights and specifically, for Transitional Justice has been established.
International Justice Desk:
Chen Guangcheng: I see no justice
Chinese dissident and human rights activist Chen Guangcheng has been jailed arbitrarily, beaten by state-hired thugs and separated from his family. He is also a blind self-trained attorney known in China as the 'barefoot lawyer'.
Twenty years after the crimes Mladic goes on trial
The courtroom gallery at the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia was packed with survivors of the Bosnian war, journalists and members of the general public who came to witness history: Ratko Mladic, the man once known as the “Butcher of Bosnia”, in the dock, forced to answer for the worst crimes committed in Europe since World War Two.
Dealing with amnesty in Northern Uganda
Contradictory responses to international crimes by the Ugandan government on the one hand and the international community on the other, follow last Saturday’s capture of Caesar Acellam - the fourth highest-ranking member of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
OPINION: Monaco, a haven… for war criminals?
Monte Carlo. The name conjures up images of painstakingly-styled glitterati oozing out of tinted vehicles to be swallowed up by one of the city’s glamorous casinos or luxury hotels. A popular destination if you can afford it, the main district of the Principality of Monaco has certainly been the playground of some of the world’s most rich and famous.
Libya's new penal code: same old story
Libyan and western human rights groups have accused Libya’s government of giving a ‘blanket amnesty’ for war crimes committed by rebel forces in last year’s civil war after the publication of a new addition to the criminal code.
Mladic today, Karremans tomorrow?
With the trial of former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic getting underway Wednesday, the trial of his Dutch negotiating counterpart on the ground in Srebrenica—Dutchbat commander Colonel Thom Karremans—may also be getting one step closer to reality.
Red card: defence calls for ouster of Mladic judge
In its latest attempt to postpone Wednesday’s trial of the former military commander of the Bosnian Serbs, the defence team for Ratko Mladic appealed Monday for a six-month delay in the start of his war crimes trial, saying delays by prosecutors in disclosing evidence could lead to a miscarriage of justice. The move follows their calls last week for presiding Judge Alphons Orie to be replaced.
Taylor's lawyers: 80 years 'excessive'
Lawyers defending convicted Liberian warlord Charles Taylor on Thursday sought a lesser sentence than the 80 years requested by the prosecution, which they said was "excessive."
Earlier IJT editions:
International Justice Tribune, 151 (9 May 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 150 (25 April 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 149 (11 April 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 148 (28 March 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 147 (14 March 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 146 (29 February 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 145 (15 February 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 144 (1 February 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 143 (20 January 2012)
International Justice Tribune, 142 (21 December 2011)
International Justice Tribune, 141 (8 December 2011)
International Justice Tribune, 140 (24 November 2011)
International Justice Tribune, 139 (9 November 2011)
IJT editorial staff:
Managing editor: Arjen van Dijkhuizen
Editorial coordinator: Franck Petit
Editor: Geraldine Coughlan
Editorial team: Richard Walker, Lauren Comiteau, Josephine Uwineza, Maaike van Breevoort
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