African HR Court says Kenya violated indigenous people’s rights: On 26 May 2017, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights ruled that Kenya violated the Ogiek people’s right to land, religion, culture, development and non-discrimination, by removing them from their ancestral land against their will. The decision is the first time that the court has issued a ruling on indigenous people’s rights. The Kenyan Government has justified the evictions on the ground of environmental conservation, which the court rejected. The Court ordered Kenya to take “all appropriate measures” to remedy the violations. (REUTERS, Amnesty International)

 

ICTJ says Nepalese political leaders impeding war crimes investigations: A study by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) has found that Nepali political parties and security forces are impeding efforts to bring justice to victims for the human rights violations that occurred during the civil war. The study said that the “protection of perpetrators is privileged over victims’ right to remedy”. Shankar Nayak, Nepal’s Law Minister, has said that efforts to pursue justice have been hampered by political instability in the country. Currently, perpetrators can be granted amnesty under war crimes legislation. (REUTERS)

 

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U.S. immigrations team deports individual suspected in Srebrenica war crimes: Srdjan Bilic has been deported from the US to face charges in Serbia for crimes allegedly committed during his military service in the Bosnian war. The removal was facilitated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), supported by the ICE’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC). ICE say that Bilic was a member of the Republika Srpska Army’s Bratunac Brigade, which is implicated in assisting in the mass killings in Srebrenica in July 1995. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has characterised the crime, where 8,000 men and boys were executed and 30,000 women and children were violently expelled, as genocide. Serbia has apologised for the massacre but has denied that it was an act of genocide. (Balkan Insight; ICE)