war crimes

Aung San Suu Kyi defends Myanmar from accusations of genocide, at top UN court

Myanmar will have “no tolerance” for human rights abuses committed in Rakhine state and will prosecute the military, if war crimes have been committed there, Aung San Suu Kyi told the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s main judicial body, on Wednesday.

News in Brief 9 December 2019

  • Inequality risks splitting society apart ‘on scale not seen since industrial revolution’ 
  • Bachelet: mobilize everywhere to protect climate and dignity for everyone 
  • Official: it’s now a war crime to intentionally starve communities in civil wars 
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US pardons for accused war criminals, contrary to international law: UN rights office

A presidential pardon for two United States soldiers accused of war crimes, and a sentence reduction for a third, “run against the letter and the spirit of international law which requires accountability for such violations”, the United Nations human rights wing said on Tuesday.

‘Terminator’ warlord Bosco Ntaganda sentenced to 30 years in prison for DR Congo atrocities

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday handed down a maximum 30-year prison sentence for mass murder and numerous other atrocities, to Bosco Ntaganda, the heaviest sanction yet imposed by judges at The Hague, in the Netherlands.

Syria war: executions condemned as violence continues ‘on both sides’ of border with Turkey

Amid ongoing fighting in northern Syria and disturbing reports that extrajudicial killings have been streamed online, the United Nations and their partners are continuing to deliver humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of people displaced by the violence, UN agencies stressed on Tuesday.

‘Now is the time to act’ for victims of violence in Sudan, ICC Prosecutor urges Security Council

The UN Security Council must “seize this moment” presented by the current turmoil in Sudan, to provide justice at long last for the victims of violence in Darfur, and those who have suffered at the hands of the brutal military crackdown earlier this month.  

Arrest of three Libyans wanted for grave crimes ‘would send strong and necessary message’ to victims, urges top Prosecutor 

The arrest and transfer of three men in Libya who are wanted on war crimes charges – including the son of former ruler Muammar Gadaffi - would “send a strong and necessary message” to victims, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. 

Last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor fights for human rights, 70 years on

 “Never give up”. Is the motto of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor of the Nuremberg post-war US Military Tribunals, and at 99 years of age, he is still a tireless, and fearless, fighter for human rights and justice.  For this episode of our Lid is On podcast from UN News, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, invited Ben Ferencz to our New York studio to talk about the ongoing fight for universal human rights

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ICC Appeals Chamber acquits former Congolese Vice President Bemba from war crimes charges

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), on Friday, decided to acquit Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and head of a rebel group in the country, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

New UN team to investigate ISIL crimes in Iraq

In a “landmark” resolution, the Security Council established a new team on Thursday to investigate alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL in Iraq.

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