21-09-2016 Hits:16 News Valentin Mignot
Several genocide suspects have been extradited to Rwanda by third countries or the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which closed its doors at the end of 2015. Most of them accuse the Rwandan government of denying them adequate means for their defence. The Justice Ministry, which oversees legal aid, denies the accusation.
The first accused person to be sent to Rwanda by the ICTR was Pentecostal pastor Jean Uwinkindi, who was transferred in April 2012. The ICTR judges approved his transfer after receiving assurances from Rwanda that the accused would get a fair trial there. When he arrived in Kigali...Read more
09-09-2016 Hits:73 News Heinzmann
Crimes of sexual violence will be a big focus in the upcoming trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC), although they were not part of the initial case. These sexual and gender-based crimes, considered to be war crimes and/or crimes against humanity, figure large in the Prosecutor’s pre-trial brief, issued on September 6, three months before the scheduled start of trial.
Forced marriage, rape, torture, beating and other abuses were the daily lot of women in the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), especially in the Sinia brigade which was under Ongwen’s...Read more
08-09-2016 Hits:62 News Heinzmann
A team from the International Criminal Court (ICC) is expected to visit Israel soon, at the request of Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. This is a first in relations between Israel – which is not an ICC member State – and the Court. But the expectations of Israelis and Palestinians differ sharply with regard to these visitors, whose precise mandate and itinerary have not been specified.
After becoming a non-member State of the United Nations at the end of 2012, Palestine ratified the ICC Statutes and was admitted as the 123rd States Party (member) of the Court in April 2015. It was at...Read more
06-09-2016 Hits:72 News Heinzmann
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos says he is certain his government's peace deal with FARC rebels will be approved in an October 2 referendum because "an imperfect peace is always preferable to a perfect war."
"The 'no' won't win. The 'yes' camp will win. I'm completely sure of that and I am not worried about what some call Plan B. I'm absolutely convinced," he said in an interview with AFP on Monday.
Santos said he had not been obliged to put the agreement ending the 52-year conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, to a referendum.
"But a referendum is...Read more