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Cambodia: Tribunal Charges Former Navy Commander with Genocide

(Dec. 18, 2015) On December 14, 2015, Meas Muth, a former navy commander in a position of authority during the rule of the Khmer Rouge, was charged with genocide, crimes against humanity, and other crimes by the International Co-Investigating Judge of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). In the past, Muth had […]

Bangladesh: Execution of Two More War Crimes Convicts

(Nov. 25, 2015) On November 22, 2015, two opposition leaders in Bangladesh, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, were hanged simultaneously for war crimes after their clemency petitions were denied by the President of Bangladesh. (Bangladesh Executes Two Opposition Leaders for 1971 War Crimes, DAILY STAR (Nov. 21, 2014).) According to recent news […]

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 […]

Argentina: Law Forbidding Pardons of Crimes Against Humanity

(Aug. 7, 2015) On July 1, 2015, Argentina’s Senate passed legislation that forbids pardons, amnesties, and the commutations of sentences for crimes against humanity. It became law with all the Senate political parties voting in favor of it. (Sancionaron Ley que Prohibe Indultos, Amnistias y Conmutación de Penas para Delitos de Lesa Humanidad [Law Prohibiting […]

Croatia; International Court of Justice; Serbia: Judgment in a Case on the Application of the Convention on Genocide

(Feb. 6, 2015) On February 3, 2015, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, issued a judgment on whether Serbia had committed the crime of genocide against Croatians and whether Croatia had committed genocide against Serbs. (Press Release, No. 2015/4, International Court of Justice, Application of the Convention on the Prevention and […]

Greece: New Law Criminalizes Denial of Genocide, Hate Speech, and Other Acts of Racism

(Sept. 24, 2014) On September 4, 2014, the Greek Parliament adopted an amendment to Law No. 927/1979 on Combating Race Discrimination, in order to align domestic legislation with European Union rules pertaining to hate speech and denial of genocide. (Law No. 4285/2014 [in Greek], EPHEMERIS TES KYVERNESEOS TES HELLENIKES DEMOKRATIAS [GAZETTE OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC], […]

Bangladesh: Tribunal Issues Death Sentences for War Crimes

(Nov. 12, 2013) On November 3, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal for Bangladesh handed down death sentences to two men for crimes they committed in 1971, during the country’s war with Pakistan. Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan were found guilty of abducting and killing 18 people in December 1971, at a time in which […]

Ukraine: Legislation Introduced on Criminalization of Holocaust Denial

(Sept. 27, 2013) On September 3, 2013, legislation aimed at amending the Criminal Code of Ukraine and criminalizing the denial of the Holocaust was introduced in the Ukrainian legislature, the Verkhovna Rada. (Bill No. 3165 on Amending Article 442 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine Concerning Increased Protection Against Genocide [in Ukrainian], Sept. 3, 2013, […]

Cambodia: Criminalizing Denial of Atrocities

(June 12, 2013) On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime’s atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in prison. In addition, in theory the new law could make it impossible for former Khmer Rouge […]

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: Six Former Croatian Leaders Convicted of Crimes Against Humanity

(June 4, 2013) According to a press release from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on May 29, 2013, the Tribunal convicted six former senior Croatian officials of “crimes against humanity, violations of the laws or customs of war, and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions committed between 1992 and 1994.” (Press […]