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Red Cross Declares: Syria Conflict is Civil War

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

David Scheffer, law professor and director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law and the author of All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals, discusses the Red Cross announcement and what it means with regard to the Geneva Conventions, as well as the 10th anniversary of the International Criminal Court. Scheffer was the first U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues.

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Serbian military leader Ratko Mladic faces trial for genocide and war crimes

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The trial of Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic begins in the Hague Wednesday morning. Mladic is being tried before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Dan Damon reported on the Balkans War for years and is host of World Update for our partner the BBC.

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Charles Taylor's Legacy in Sierra Leone

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the civil war in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. The 11 charges include murder, rape, mutilations and the use of child soldiers. Alan Little of our partner the BBC reported on the conflict. He's returned to Sierra Leone to look at Charles Taylor's legacy and has this report.

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Charles Taylor Found Guilty of War Crimes

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia who was on trial at the International Criminal Court's Special Court for Sierra Leone has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Lynn Fausett is the author of "Crimes of Humanity," a memoir detailing a life lived along the war-torn border region of Liberia and Sierra Leone from 1998 to 1999. Elizabeth Ohene is a former Africa Editor for the BBC who interviewed Taylor on many occasions. Ohene is now an African political analyst in Ghana.

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Video about Ugandan Rebel Leader Joseph Kony Goes Viral

Thursday, March 08, 2012

An American NGO called Invisible Children has made a video that tells the story of Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, who was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in 2005 but remains at large. Since the video was released on Tuesday, the video has been viewed over 30 million times.

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Abuse Victims Accuse Pope of Crimes Against Humanity

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Two American advocacy groups representing victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court, asking it to investigate Pope Benedict and three other top Vatican officials for covering up the rape and sexual assault of children by priests. It is unclear whether the ICC has jurisdiction over this case. The ICC investigates war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide committed after July 1, 2002, when it was established. The Vatican, like the United States, have not ratified the Rome Statute that created the court, meaning the ICC has no jurisdiction there.

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Bombing Libya 100 Days and Counting

Monday, June 27, 2011

The International Criminal Court decided this morning to issue a warrant for the arrests of Col. Muammar Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, and Gadhafi's intelligence chief, on charges of crimes against humanity. It has been 100 days since NATO began air strikes against Libya and Col. Muammar Gadhafi's forces. 

 

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