Ivory Coast Court sentences former members of Gbagbo detail for PEV crimes: The bodyguard for former President Laurent Gbagbo’s wife has been convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by an Ivory Coast military court on Tuesday, 4 August 2015. Anselme Seka Yapo was found guilty of voluntary homicide and assault and battery relating to crimes committed during the post-election violence in Ivory Coast in 2011. The Ivory Coast military court also sentenced another former official, Jena-Noel Abehi, to five years imprisonment. Abehi was head of the largest security forces’ camp in the Ivory Coast capital. (For additional information on this topic, please click here) (Yahoo, The New York Times).
Kosovo to establish war crimes court following Parliamentary approval: Kosovo’s 120-seat Parliament approved a Constitutional amendment on Monday, 3 August 2015, allowing for the establishment of a war crimes court to investigate and prosecute crimes allegedly committed by ethnic Albanians during the 1990s Balkan wars. The war crimes court will be located in The Hague and comprised of international judges. The proposed establishment of the war crimes court garnered much opposition, with many ethnic Albanians fearing it will turn victims into perpetrators and damage the county’s image. Petrit Selimi, Kosovo’s deputy foreign minister, on the other hand, said “The creation of the court is a necessary tool for Kosovars for the truth about our war for freedom. Perpetrators can never be equal with victims. Our war for freedom was not equal to Milosevic’s drive for genocide.” (For additional information on this topic, please click here) (The New York Times, Deutsche Welle).
Sri Lanka pledges response to UN war crimes report: On Tuesday, 4 August 2015, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced that the country will address the human rights issues raised in the expected U.N. war crimes report at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva next month. The expected U.N. report will be the result of a three-member panel appointed in June last year by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate grave human rights abuses committed by both sides involved in Sri Lanka’s 37-year civil war. Sri-Lanka’s government is also expected to start its own investigation in the coming months. (Gulf Times).