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Bangladesh: Ban on Multiple Motorcycle Riders

(June 21, 2016) A recent hike in criminal activities committed against secular and liberal activists and members of religious minorities, using motorcycles in the commission of the crimes, has drawn the attention of the Bangladesh government. On June 6, 2016, the Home Minister announced a ban on more than one person riding pillion on motorcycles. […]

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 […]

Netherlands: Special Tribunal for Alleged Kosovo War Crimes

(Jan. 27, 2016) The Government of the Netherlands announced on January 15, 2016, that it will establish a special court in The Hague to “try serious crimes allegedly committed in 1999-2000 by members of the Kosovo Liberation Army [KLA] against ethnic minorities and political opponents” in the aftermath of the Kosovo War of 1998-1999 between […]

Australia/Croatia: Former Serbian Commander Indicted

(Jan. 15, 2016) On January 8, 2016, Croatian authorities indicted Dragan Vasiljkovic on charges that he committed war crimes. Vasiljkovic was a Serbian paramilitary commander during the 1991-1995 war in the former Yugoslavia by which Croatia gained its independence. He is accused of torturing and killing Croatian soldiers and police officers; of ordering the executions […]

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 […]

Chad/Senegal: Former Chad Dictator Hissène Habré Prosecuted

(Oct. 8, 2015) On September 7, 2015, the trial of the former leader of Chad, Hissène Habré, resumed, following a 45-day delay of the proceedings. Habré, who was dictator of Chad from 1982 to 1990, is facing charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture before the Extraordinary African Chamber, an ad hoc tribunal, in Senegal. […]

Sri Lanka: Update on War Crimes Investigation Proposal

(Sept. 24, 2015) On September 22, 2015, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka, speaking to the legislature, rejected the recommendation from the United Nations that there be international involvement in the investigation into the war crimes that allegedly occurred during the country’s civil war or that there be established any form of hybrid domestic […]

Sri Lanka: Proposal to Establish Truth and Reconciliation Commission

(Sept. 16, 2015) On September 14, 2015, Sri Lanka’s government announced a plan to establish a Commission for Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence to handle cases related to the atrocities that occurred during the country’s 26-year-long civil war. According to Foreign Minister Mangala Samarawera, the Commission will be modeled after the one established in South […]

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 […]