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ICC/Mali: First Guilty Plea in War Crimes Case

(Aug. 24, 2016) On August 22, 2016, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, described as a jihadist from Mali, pleaded guilty at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to destroying historical and religious monuments, which is a war crime. He is the first person ever to plead guilty to a charge at that court. (Malian Jihadist Pleads Guilty at ICC to […]

ICC: Milestone Guilty Verdict Treats Rape as a War Crime

(Apr. 14, 2016) On March 21, 2016, the three-member Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in what has been described as a landmark ruling, unanimously declared the former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, “guilty beyond any reasonable doubt of two counts of crimes against humanity (murder […]

International Criminal Court: Possible First War Crimes Trial for Destruction of Religious or Cultural Heritage

(Mar. 14, 2016) On March 1, 2016, the International Criminal Court (ICC), opened a confirmation of charges hearing against Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi. (Press Release, ICC, Confirmation of Charges Hearing in the Case of The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi: Audio-Visual Materials and Photographs (Mar. 1, 2016).) Al Mahdi, as he preferred […]

Iraq/ICC: Investigation of ISIL Crimes Urged by Religious Minority

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 24, 2015, members of the Yazidi minority religious community in Iraq met with Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). They filed a report with details of attacks on the community carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since August 2014. The […]

International Criminal Court; Ukraine: Indefinite Jurisdiction over War Crimes

(Sept. 14, 2015) On September 8, 2015, Ukraine gave wider jurisdiction to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to handle any crimes that occurred in the eastern part of Ukraine since February of 2014 in the conflict there between Russian and Ukrainian loyalists. On April 17, 2014, Ukraine had accepted the jurisdiction of the ICC for […]

International Criminal Court: New Judge Elected

(July 6, 2015) On June 24, 2015, during its 13th session, the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), elected Dr. Raul Cano Pangalangan as a judge of the ICC. (Press Release, ICC, Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute Elects a Judge (June […]

International Criminal Court; Kenya: Trial of Kenyan President Adjourned

(Sept. 11, 2014) The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced on September 5, 2014, that the trial of Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya, and of the Deputy President, William Ruto, originally planned to begin on October 7, would be adjourned indefinitely. Kenyatta had been charged with five counts of crimes against in humanity, with a […]

International Criminal Court: Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crime

(June 13, 2014) On June 6, 2014, Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), issued a Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes. According to an ICC press release, the new document “will guide the Office of the Prosecutor … in fighting against impunity for sexual and gender-based crimes, and promote […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; International Criminal Court: Convicted War Criminal Sentenced

(May 30, 2014) On May 23, 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Germain Katanga, a militia leader from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to 12 years of imprisonment. Katanga had been convicted in March 2014 of war crimes and crimes against humanity stemming from his role as the leader of the Patriotic […]

Egypt; International Criminal Court: Petition from Muslim Brotherhood Rejected

(May 12, 2014) In an official statement issued on May 8, 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it does not have jurisdiction over the allegations submitted in an official complaint against the current Egyptian government by lawyers representing the Freedom and Justice Party, which is affiliated with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Organization. (Press […]