Acquitted ICTY Accused, Ramush Haradinaj. Photo: tasnimnews.com via Bing (CC).
Acquitted ICTY Accused, Ramush Haradinaj. Photo: tasnimnews.com via Bing (CC).

Kosovo warned against taking action to end KRSJI: On 4 January 2018, a statement was issued by France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the US urging leaders in Kosovo to not support an initiative to overturn the 2015 law in Kosovo which sets out its cooperation with the Tribunal.  The statement warned of “severe negative consequences, including for Kosovo’s international and Euro-Atlantic integration, if Kosovo continues on this path,” further stating that the “creation of the Specialist Chambers was the only way for Kosovo to demonstrate its commitment to … rule of law and to continue to receive international support.” The statement was issued after Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, leader of the ruling AAK party and former ICTY accused who was twice acquitted of crimes before the Tribunal, took moves to call a parliamentary session concerning calls to overturn the 2015 law. Reports indicate that the Tribunal is set to issue indictment soon.  (EU Observer, ABC, Balkin Insight)

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. Photo: noticialocal.blogspot.com via Bing.
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. Photo: noticialocal.blogspot.com via Bing.

Inter-American Commission expresses concern over pardon of Peru’s Fujimori: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has issued a statement expressing concern over the medical pardon of Peru’s former President Alberto Fujimori, who thereafter released from a hospital in Peru on 4 January.  Fujimori was convicted in 2009 of human rights abuses and sentenced to 25 years in prison.  His conviction covered abuses committed by the military extrajudicial killings. Former President Fujimori was held in hospital with what is reported as a serious heart condition, but his pardon, granted by current Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has been criticized for its timing after the son of Fujimori, Kenji led a coalition which allowed Kuczynski to survive moves for his impeachment. The Inter-American Commission’s statement expressed “profound concern” stated that “Alberto Fujimori’s pardon doesn’t meet the fundamental legal prerequisites, nor the elements of due legal process, and independence and transparency of the technical evaluation,” and “goes against Peru’s international obligations.”  The Inter-American Commission will be holding a hearing on 2 February to determine whether Peru has met its obligations in regards to the Barrios Altos and Cantuta cases before the Commission; both which assisted in the conviction of Fujimori. (NYTimes, teleSur)