Category Archives: STL

23 October 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

Opening statement in the contempt case against Al Jadeed S.A.L./NEW T.V. S.A.L (N.T.V) & Ms Karma Mohamed Tahsin Al Khayat - STL-14-05 - Defence team. Photo: Special Tribunal for Lebanon via Flickr (CC).

Opening statement in the contempt case against Al Jadeed S.A.L./NEW T.V. S.A.L (N.T.V) & Ms Karma Mohamed Tahsin Al Khayat – STL-14-05 – Defence team. Photo: Special Tribunal for Lebanon via Flickr (CC).

Karma al-Khayat appeals STL contempt verdict: On Wednesday, 21 October 2015, the defense team of Al-Jadeed executive, Karma al-Khayat, filed an appeal against the conviction by the STL for contempt of court. In the appeal the defense argued that the judge had committed several legal and factual errors that invalidated Khayat’s conviction. The defense stated that the judge did not give appropriate weight to all relevant evidence on the record and that the prosecution failed to prove Khayat’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In September Judge Nicola Lettieri found that Khayat intentionally ignored a court order to remove videos about tribunal witnesses posted on Al-Jadeed’s website. (Daily Star)

Kenya requests UNSC deferral of Ruto and Sang cases: In a request based on Article 16 of the Rome Statute, the Kenyan government has petitioned the UN Security Council to defer the case against DP William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang at the ICC. Ambassador Macharia Kamau said in the petition that requests to defer the case have not been duly considered, and that the AU remains “actively seized of th[e] matter”. Ambassador Kamau said that the case poses political and social distraction in Kenya, which “undermines and threatens the immediate and long-term political stability of the subregion of East Africa and the Horn of Africa.” On 17 October 2015 Presiding judge Chile Eboe-Osuji said Kenyans should let the court handle the case without directing “abusive commentaries” at the ICC. (allAfrica)

ICTR logo. Photo: Adam Jones via Flickr (CC).

ICTR logo. Photo: Adam Jones via Flickr (CC).

ICTR finds Rwandan justice system fit to try genocide suspect Jean Uwinkindi: Friday, 23 October 2015 the ICTR confirmed that the Rwandan justice system has the necessary guarantees to ensure a fair trial for Jean Uwinkindi on genocide charges. The decision dismisses Uwinkindi’s request for revocation, in which he alleged that he does not trust Rwanda’s justice system to try his case. The ICTR found that the High Court of Rwanda had correctly concluded that it is necessary for Uwinkindi to have legal representation at all times, and that the Rwanda Bar Association lists 60 lawyers to represent indigent persons in international crimes cases. Uwinkindi was arrested in Uganda on 30 June 2010 on charges that he planned, instigated, ordered and committed acts of genocide against Tutsis. (Star Africa)

FIDH and CCL report on Ukraine highlights crimes and calls for ICC investigation: FIDH and Center for Civil Liberties (CCL, Ukraine) released a report on the harm to civilians in Eastern Ukraine by various armed groups and urged the ICC to investigate. The joint report documents a number of allegations of violations of international humanitarian and human rights committed in Eastern Ukraine between May 2014 and August 2015. The report is based on the findings of nine monitoring missions in areas such as in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as testimony from victims. (fidh)

India prepares for ICC accused Bashir’s visit: As a major summit in India with more than 50 African countries approaches, New Delhi, India faces pressure to arrest Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, an expected guest. Al-Bashir is the only sitting head of state wanted by the ICC over charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in connection with the Darfur conflict. Vikas Swarup, the spokesperson for India’s Foreign Ministry said that because India is not a party to the Rome Statute, “we don’t have an obligation to comply” with the ICC’s warrant. The ICC responded that “by arresting and surrendering ICC suspect, India can contribute to the important goal of ending impunity for the world’s worst crimes. (Time)

6 October 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

Katanga appears before ICC judges concerning sentence: Germain Katanga, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the ICC in 2014 for his role the February 2003 attack on the village of Bogoro in the Congo. After spending eight years in jail Katanga said on Tuesday, October 6 that the “immense pain” of his victims “profoundly affected me”. He told the judges “I have heard their crimes of pain and suffering with a feeling of regret and respect”. The prosecution said it was not opposed to Katanga’s request, but that Katanga had not made any gestures to compensate his victims. The court adjourned Tuesday to consider his request. Katanga was arrested in 2005 and transferred to the The Hague in October 2007, under ICC rules, time served in custody before sentencing can be taken into account and a defendant can request early release after serving two-thirds of the time. (iol news)

Doctors without Borders calls Kunduz bombing war crime; demands independent investigation: Doctors without Borders, known internationally as Medecins San Frontieres or MSF, calls for an independent investigation of the Saturday, 3 October 2015 bombing of the MSF hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz. The bombing of the medical facility killed 22 people, including 12 staff, and 10 patients including three children. Another 37 people were injured according to MSF. MSF said, “Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, MSF demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also condemned the attack and said that it was essential to ensure that any investigation of it is independent, impartial transparent and effective. Other NGOs have similarly echoed MSF’s calls for an independent investigation into the attack as a potential war crime. For more information on this issue please click here and please click here. (CNN, PRI, fidh)

French court drops case against Rwandan genocide suspect for lack of evidence: A French court dropped a long running case against a Rwandan priest, Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, who was suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, according to a source at the prosecutor’s office on Tuesday 6 October 2015. Munyeshyaka was put under formal investigation for genocide, crimes against humanity, participation in a conspiracy to commit the crimes and torture while he was a priest in Kigali’s Holy Family Catholic Church. The court decision follows a request by prosecutors in August for the case to be dropped for lack of evidence. Munyeshyaka has always denied the charges. Yahoo! News)

STL hears testimony planning meetings and insurance records of the accuseds: Prosecutors at the STL attempted to link defendant Salim Jamil Ayyash to a mobile line allegedly used to plan the assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri. By using insurance records from a 2004 car accident the prosecution sought to prove that when Ayyash was involved in an accident that he called Assi. Assi’s evidence is part of a larger effort to locate defendants’ personal numbers with the discrete networks of phones prosecutors say were used to plan the bombing. A protected witness was also questioned Tuesday 6 October 2015 about Ahmad Abu Adass, the man who claimed responsibility for the 2005 bombing and killing of former premier Rafik Hariri. The prosecution has argued that the recording that aired shortly after the attack was made under duress and that Abu Adass had no involvement with the bombing. For more information on this issue please click here. (Daily Star)

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Photo: ECCC via Flickr (CC).

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Photo: ECCC via Flickr (CC).

ECCC Case 002 hears testimony of killing of Muslim women: No Satas, 67 and a civil party told the ECCC on Monday 5 October 2015 that she saw 270 Cham women led away by Khmer Rouge cadre carrying AK-47s and knives after the women admitted they were Muslim. Mrs. Satas said she was evacuated from her home which at the time was in the Kompong Cham province when an armed rebellion by local Cham was suppressed by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 as religious persecution intensified. She said she was detained after the crackdown and during questioning she “insisted and protested I was a Khmer girl”. She said she was able to convince the cadre that she was ethnically a Khmer but the 270 women that admitted that they were Cham Muslims were never seen again. Mrs. Satas said she saw dead bodies floating in the river, and that the corpses had come out of the sacks they were in. Him Man also testified about the ongoing psychological damage he suffers, including hearing family members crying out to Allah in the moments before they were executed. He said “I have lost all my relatives, and sometimes I think its better for me to die rather than to live.” (The Cambodia Daily)

30 September 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

ICC finds “reasonable grounds” to proceed with hearing against Timbuktu war crimes suspect:  Timbuktu war crimes suspect Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi appeared before the ICC on 30 September.  The single judge of Pre-Trial Chamber  I confirmed the identity of the suspect, informed the suspect of the charges against him, including involvement in the destruction of nine mausoleums and a mosque in Mali in 2012, and read the suspect his rights under the Rome Statue of the ICC.  The confirmation of charges hearing for Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was tentatively scheduled for 18 January 2016.  That hearing will determine whether “there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the person committed each of the crimes charged.”  (For additional information on this topic, please click here) (ICC, BBC).

Photo: Special Tribunal for Lebanon via Flickr (CC).

Photo: Special Tribunal for Lebanon via Flickr (CC).

STL Prosecutor to appeal acquittal for TV station’s witness identification: On Monday, 28 September, Kenneth Scott, a prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, announced he would appeal the decision by the court to acquit a TV station of publishing the identities of protected witnesses in violation of a court order.  Prosecutor Slobodan Zecevic also argued the journalist who exposed the identities of the witnesses showed “no remorse or regret” and should be fined 100,000 euros.  The protected witnesses were involved in the Special Court’s trial against five men accused of assassinating former Lebanese President Rafiq Hariri in 2005. (For more information on this topic, please click here) (Yahoo, Reuters).

Bemba and colleagues on trial at ICC for witness tampering: The ICC trial against former Congolese Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba and four other accused for offenses against the administration of justice began on Tuesday, 29 September.  Bemba and the other accused, Aime Kiholo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidele Babala Wandu and Narcissee Arido all pled not guilty to witness tampering in connection with Bemba’s war crimes trial.  ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda made opening statements, saying “This is a case about shielding the integrity of the court’s proceedings.”  Once the prosecution presents all its evidence against the accused, the defense will present their case with the trial expected to last several months.  The accused face a maximum prison sentence of 5 years and unlimited fine if found guilty. (For additional information on this topic, please click here and here) (ICC, Reuters, Bloomberg).

AU heralds S. Sudan war crimes court following truce between President Kiir and rebels: It was reported on 29 September, that the African Union will establish a war crimes court to investigate and prosecute crimes committed by both the government of South Sudan and rebel forces since the start of the 2013 conflict.  The establishment of the court, which will use both international and South Sudanese law, is apparently part of a truce deal between President Salva Kiir and leader of the rebel forces Riek Machar.  U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the establishment of a war crimes court in South Sudan saying “The social fabric of South Sudan has been shattered.  To mend it, the provisions in the peace agreement related to justice, accountability and reconciliation must be implemented in full.  (BBC).

German Court sentences two former Rwanda Rebels for DRC crimes, terrorist activity: On Monday, 28 September, former leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) Ignace Murwanashyaka was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by a German court.  The former leader’s deputy in the FDLR Straton Musoni was also convicted of leading a terrorist organization and sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.  Both were tried under a German law that allows for the prosecution of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide regardless of where the crimes were committed.  The FDLR, which was led by Murwanashyaka from 2001 through his arrest in 2009, was very much involved in the 1998-2003 Congo conflict in which some 5 million people were killed.  (For additional information, please click here) (Reuters, The Guardian).

19 September 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

Karma Khayat; STL Contempt proceedings. Photo: english.al-akhbar.com via Bing (CC).

Karma Khayat; STL Contempt proceedings. Photo: english.al-akhbar.com via Bing (CC).

STL clears Lebanese journalist and company of interfering with justice charges: On Friday, 18 September 2015, Lebanese TV journalist Karma Khayat, and her TV station Al Jadeed were cleared of the charge of obstructing justice by the STL. Ms. Khayat and Al Jadeed were accused of revealing witnesses to the former Prime Minister Rafik al Hariri’s 2005 death. In the second charge, Al Jadeed was also cleared, however, Ms. Khayat was convicted of contempt of court for failing to remove broadcasts about the case online. Ms. Khayat was the first defendant to take the stand at the STL. For more information on this issue, please click here and please click here. (The Hague Justice Portal, BBC News, Israel National News)

 

Mladic defence witness testifies before ICTY: On Wednesday, 16 September 2015, defence witness, Radovan Popovic told the ICTY that Ratko Mladic attended a wedding in Belgrade on 16 July 1995. Popivic testified that he made a video of the wedding at the request of the bride, and recorded Mladic, who was the best man, and his wife along with the married couple although he missed the departure of the couples around 6 P.M. During cross examination prosecutor Peter McCloskey presented the witness with a transcript of an intercepted conversation between Mladic and the Bosnian Serb Army’s Main Headquarters, around 4:00 the same day. Popovic responded he “did not see something like that.” (Balkan Insight)

On Thursday, 17 September 2015 another defence witness, a Canadian intelligence officer testified before the court that “[t]here was a widespread belief that Muslim forces were shelling their own people so they could blame the Serbs and cause and international intervention to their benefit.” He said he was shown a photo by an American intelligence officer of a person throwing a mortar bomb into Markale market from the window of a nearby building. When the judge presented him with photographs of the Markale market the witness was unable to locate the building he testified about. He also testified that he wasn’t familiar with the details and conclusions of the official investigation into the Markale attack, nor participated in the analysis of grenade craters. For more information on this testimony, please click here. (Balkan Insight)

 

ICC indictee Barasa indicates possible surrender: Kenyan journalist, Walter Osapiri Barasa, wanted by the ICC for witness tampering has signaled for the first time that he may surrender to the court. Barasa indicated in his last application to The Hague judges that he wants Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to disclose information he says is critical to his defence. The new application came days after the ICC judges declined to revoke his arrest warrant, saying he should voluntarily surrender and then apply for an interim release once in detention. (The Star)

 

French court says genocide suspect Habyarimana will not be extradited to Rwanda: On Tuesday, 15 September 2015 a French court ruled that Joseph Habyarimana, who is wanted in Rwanda, would not be extradited on the grounds that “the crimes were not offences at the time and laws cannot be applied retroactively.” Habyarimana is charged with inciting the murder of monks in the monastery where he worked during the genocide. Dr. Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, president of IBUKA, an organization representing the genocide survivors, told reporters, said the court decision was a “mockery” to survivors and victims. (Coastweek.com)

 

19 June 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

Closing arguments for STL contempt case of journalist and news company: The STL heard closing arguments over the 18 and 19 June 2015 in the tribunal’s first contempt proceeding. The charges are against Al-Jadeed TV and journalist Karma Khayat. This is the first instance of corporate liability being applied at an international tribunal. The prosecutor asked that the TV station be fined a maximum of six million euros and Ms. Khayat be imprisoned for two years and fined 200,000 euros. Karim Khan, who is defending Khayat and Al-Jadeed TV argued that “the amicus prosecutor failed to prove that his clients intentionally set out to undermine the Tribunal when it aired…a series called ‘Witnesses of the STL’ in August 2012” Khayat was given 10 minutes to address the tribunal, and stated, “You have wasted money, resources, time, and you have morally undermined the reputation of this tribunal”. The verdict should be announced in roughly two months. For more information on this issue please click here. (Daily Star).

Slovenia release Haradinaj following detention over Serbian arrest warrant: A Slovenian court ruled that former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has diplomatic immunity and has been released from detention where he was being held on a Serbian war crimes warrant. The court said “[Haradinaj] was crossing Slovenia while returning from a special diplomatic mission abroad which is why Slovenia must enable him free passage.” Haradinaj was formerly an accused at the ICTY and was tried twice and acquitted during both trials. For more information on this issue please click here. (inNews, SWI)

Lawyers call for termination of ICTY case against terminally ill Hadzic: In a motion released Thursday, 18 June 2015 by the ICTY, lawyers for Goran Hadzic are calling for the case to be halted or permanently stayed because he is terminally ill with brain cancer. Hadzic’s lawyers say there is “no reasonable prospect…of bringing criminal proceedings against Mr. Hadzic to completion” because of his medical condition. (US News, Associated Press)

Palestinian officials plan to submit first file of evidence against Israel at ICC: Palestinian officials are planning to submit their first file to the ICC. The file will be sent to Fatou Bensouda, the ICC chief prosecutor on 25 June 2015. According to Palestinian Foreign Ministry official, Ammar Hijazi, the file will focus on “violations of international law by Israel.” The file is “only general, its only statistical” according to Hijazi, But it draws a “picture of what Israel is doing and why we think that there are reasonable grounds…for the prosecutor to start (her) investigations.” Bensouda’s office has already launched a preliminary investigation into the crimes that took place since June 2014. (Albawaba News)

S Korean appointed as judge at the ECCC PTC: Baik Kang-jin, a South Korean judge, has been appointed to join trials at the ECCC to prosecute the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge for their alleged humanitarian crimes in the 1970s. An international judge at the ECCC is named by the U.N. Secretary General and appointed by the Cambodian government. Kang-jin is known for his “expertise in criminal procedure law.” (Yonhap News Agency)

5 June 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

ICTY Prosecutor expects Karadzic and Seslj judgments in 2015: On 3 June 2015, ICTY Prosecutor Serge Brammertz addressed the United Nations Security Council and reported that he expects the trial judgments in the cases of Vojislav Šešelj, who was indicted by the ICTY for Crimes against Humanity and War crimes 14 February 200 and Radovan Karadžić, who was indicted on 25 July 1995 for genocide and crimes against humanity to be given this year. Brammertz’s statements were part of a presentation of the Office of the Prosecutor’s (OTP) strategy report to the UN Security Council. He also addressed the cooperation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia with the OTP, the situation regarding national war crimes prosecutions, and the upcoming anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. Brammertz emphasized the need to intensify the search for missing person in the region. For additional information on this issue please click here, click here, and click here. (Dalje, ICTY press release)

STL hears evidence of car bomb and threats to Hariri: In the past week, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon heard testimony about the events leading to the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on 14 February 2005. Testimony was heard from Tripoli based used-car salesman testified about the men that purchased the Mitsubishi Canter van that allegedly was used as a truck bomb in the assassination. The Tribunal also heard testimony from an Internal Security Forces (ISF) corporal who stated that Hariri was threatened by Syrian intelligence official Rustom Ghaleh, and that he did not remember seeing a van near the Prime Minister’s convoy on the day of the assassination. Submissions from the defense suggested that the bomb might have been planted underground. The defense will continue cross examination of the ISF corporal as proceedings continue. For more information on this issue, please click here. (Daily Star)

Nigerian President promises investigation into war crimes against Boko Haram: On 4 June 2015, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to promote the rule of law and deal with all cases of human rights abuses in response to a report by Amnesty International. He said his government would leave no stone unturned and pledged a new strategy to fight thegroup . Amnesty’s report was based on interviews with witnesses and footage of the treatment of prisoners. Amnesty reported that more than 7000 people died in military custody. The report details that some died of starvation, thirst, as a result of no medical care, or torture. It also stated that the prisoners were in crowded unventilated cells without sanitary facilities. The evidence provided by Amnesty points to extrajudicial killings of prisoners, and included information gathered from victim and security staff witnesses. For more information on this issue please click here, and click here. (Voice of America, Newsweek, BloombergBusiness)

Forecast still for 2017 closure of ICTY: Hague Tribunal President Theodor Meron assured the Security Council that all cases are still expected to be completed during 2017. Meron highlighted that the Appeals Chamber has already handed down two judgments this year- in the Popovic et al and Tolimir cases. Meron cited the defendants’ health as the tribunal’s biggest challenge. Currently there are four trials (Hadžić, Karadžić, Mladić, Šešelj) and three appeals (Prlić et al., Stanišić & Simatović and Stanišić & Župljanin) that remain at the ICTY. Newly discovered evidence has caused the OTP to briefly re-open the Mladic case. For more information on this issue please click here. (B92, ICTY)

6 May 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

Jumblatt testifies at STL in Hariri case: On Monday, 4 May 2015, Lebanon’s leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, testified before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the case of the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Jumblatt has a strained relationship with the Syrian leadership which was intensified by the assassination of Hariri, his close political ally. A former STL spokesman said Jumblatt’s testimony is expected to “provide some insight that we haven’t heard before” about the context of the assassination. (Al Arabiya).

Refugees of PEV return to Kenya: 720 Kenyans internally displaced by the 2007-2008 post-election violence were received by the country’s authorities at the Malaba dispensary yesterday, 6 May 2015. The Kenyans were among 4,000 refugees who fled to Uganda at the height of the violence.  Over 500 more are expected to return next week.  The ICC is currently conducting proceedings for charges of crimes against humanity relating to the post-election violence, including charges against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua arap Sang. (The Star).

Amnesty warns of impunity issues in CAR draft constitution: Amnesty International is warning Central African Republic delegates in an open letter that their draft constitution could provide sitting presidents with impunity for nearly all crimes except “high treason.”  Specifically, Amnesty International is urging the delegates to amend the draft constitution and recognize that anyone, no matter what the position, can be held accountable for violations of international law.  Amnesty International’s letter was sent before the 4 May 2015, national reconciliation forum in Bangui in which the delegates were attending. (Standard Digital).

US supports creation of hybrid court for South Sudan crimes: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced support for a hybrid court to hold those responsible for crimes committed in South Sudan since the civil war began in 2013. Kerry also pledged $5 million US dollars for the start of the hybrid court, which would combine international and domestic law.  Since the civil war began in South Sudan, at least 50,000 people have been killed and more than a million displaced.  (Daily Mail).

Report publishes accounts of Israeli soldiers on strategy in Gaza: The Israeli group Breaking The Silence, who collected testimony from dozens of unnamed, combat soldiers involved in last year’s Gaza war, is alleging in a new report that Israeli forces engaged in indiscriminate fire that killed Palestinian civilians.  It is being reported that the Breaking The Silence report could support claims that war crimes were committed.  More than 2,200 Palestinians were killed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.  (AlJazeera).

17 April 2015 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

STL begins contempt trial against Lebanese journalist and her TV station: Lebanese journalist, Karma Khayat, and her al-Jadeed TV station stand accused of obstruction of justice for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Khayat and the TV station both deny identifying witnesses or compromising the case against Hariri’s alleged killers. Khayat stated that that this is an attempt to silence the media when journalists in Lebanon have the same rights as those in the West. Khayat also stated that the list she published was redacted without identifying statements and a full list was published later by someone else. Prosecutor Kenneth Scott stated “If witnesses are too frightened to come to this tribunal, then this tribunal is finished.” (BBC, The Guardian, Daily Star) (for additional information click here and here)

Acquitted Ngudjolo Chui seeks asylum in Switzerland: Ngudjolo Chui, who was acquitted by the ICC, is now applying for asylum in Switzerland.  Chui is applying for asylum for fear of being deported from the Netherlands back to Kinshasa. After being acquitted by the ICC Trial Chamber and having the acquittal affirmed by the ICC Appeals Chamber, Chui was arrested by Dutch authorities immediately after the trial as he was leaving the courtroom. The Dutch authorities brought him straight to the airport to be deported back to the DRC and was forced onto a Kenya Airways passenger plane to Kinshasa. Chui had to assert certain things during his defense that now put his life at risk if he goes back to the DRC. Chui had asserted that in asylum applications to the Dutch authorities after his Trial Chamber acquittal.  As the plane was about to takeoff, an emergency order from a Dutch immigration judge to hear asylum arguments forced the plane to return to the terminal. Since then, Chui has been at the detention unit at the Schiphol Airport trying to sort out immigration issues and apply for a humanitarian visa. (Letemps)

UNSC hears accounts of chemical weapons use in Syria: The United Nations Security Council heard first-hand accounts of chemical weapons used in Syria on Thursday. Syrian doctor, Saher Sahloul, reported the use of chlorine gas in Idlib that left six dead. Qusai Zakarya, a victim of an attack in Ghouta in August of 2013 was also present. The UNSC considered whether action was needed to stop the attacks. Organizations like Human Rights Watch called for investigations into these attacks and alleged that they were war crimes. (News24)

Hadzic arrives in Serbia after ICTY grants provisional release: The International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) granted a provisional release to former Croatian Serb rebel leader Goran Hadzic for cancer treatment on 13 April 2015. Hadzic stands accused of 14 alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 1991-95 war in Croatia. Hadzic arrived in the Serbian capital on 16 April 2015 and was escorted by police to Novi Sad, where he will receive his cancer treatment. (Turkish Weekly)

US Senator indicates move to introduce CAH provision in US law: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced during his speech at Northwestern University School of Law that he intends to reintroduce Crimes Against Humanity legislation in Congress. Durbin stated a US law needs to be in place against crimes against humanity. (International Criminal Justice Today)

 

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