Archive for category ICT of Bangladesh

8 December 2014 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

Following withdrawal of Kenyatta charges, Amnesty calls for justice for victims: President Kenyatta’s charges for crimes against humanity were dropped last week and Amnesty International now demands justice for the victims. Amnesty’s regional director for East Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region, Muthoni Wanyeki, stated that the ICC and the Kenyan government are failing the victims. Mitchelle Kagiri, Amnesty’s deputy regional director for East Africa, stated that the ICC should reopen investigations to find areas that were missed. (World Bulletin)

Israel initiates investigations into crimes in Gaza: The Israeli military has initiated investigations into crimes that occurred during the war between Israeli and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip this past summer. The war lasted for fifty days and ended on August 23rd. The Israeli military already faced accusations of war crimes from Amnesty International and an inquiry from the United Nations Human Rights Council. (The New York Times)

ICT Bangladesh to amend tribunal’s founding act to include prosecution of an organisation: The International Criminal Tribunal Act of 1973 did not contain a provision for trying organisations in the court. The government is now trying to amend the Act in order to bring organisations like Jamaat-e-Islami before the court. The government wants to try Jamaat-e-Islami for crimes against humanity during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. The proposed amendment will be given to the cabinet this December or in January. (Dhaka Tribune)

Interpol issues red notices for Muslim Brotherhood leaders: Interpol issued over forty arrest warrants for Muslim Brotherhood leaders this past week. This included Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, head of the Doha-based International Union of Muslim Scholars. An Egyptian security official stated that those on the warrant list are wanted for different terror-related crimes. He also stated that Egyptian authorities helped persuade Interpol that these members of the Muslim Brotherhood were fugitives and terrorists. (Albawaba News)

UNSC to evaluate N. Korea HR record: The United Nations Security Council will meet later this month due to ten of the fifteen members requesting to discuss North Korea’s rights record in a letter to Chadian Ambassador Cherif Mahamat Zene, whose country currently holds the council’s presidency. The meeting concerns referring Pyongyang to the ICC for crimes against humanity. UN diplomats stated that it was likely that China would block the move to refer North Korea to the ICC with its veto power. (China Post)

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2 December 2014 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

North Korea issues report countering Western human rights allegations:  In response to a report by the UN General Assembly, which recommended referring the DRKP and its leader, Kim Jong Un, to the International Criminal Court to face charges including crimes against humanity, the DRKP issued a rebuttal refuting all claims.  Despite the UN findings, it is expected that China and Russia, DRKP supporters, will use their veto power to keep any charges from being filed against the DRKP and its leader. (IBTimes).

Former Jamaat, BNP Parliament Member held, anticipating charges by ICT-1:  War crimes suspect and former BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Mawlana Sakhawat Hossain, was arrested in Masterpara, of Uttar Khan by authorities and later brought before the ICT-1.  Sakhawat is suspected of being involved in the commission of war crimes during 1971.  It is expected that the prosecution for bring charges of war crimes against Sakhawat as soon as the necessary amount of evidence has been gathered to substantiate such allegations.  (Daily Star).

Egyptian Court refuses corruption charges against former President Mubarak:  An Egyptian court has dismissed charges against President Mubarak in connection with the death of protesters during the 2011 uprising against him.  However, Mubarak will not walk free, hw was found guilty of theft of public funds and will continue to serve the remaining time left of his three-year house arrest sentence.  Discussions of an appeal are underway.  (Aljazeera).

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25 November 2014 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

Croatia considering order for review of Seselj release: The Croatian Parliament is in the process of passing a declaration to condemn the provisional release of Vojislav Seselj by the tribunal and to demand a review of Serbia’s candidacy for EU membership. If passed unanimously, the declaration would serve as strong support to the Croatian ambassador to the UNN during a debate on the work of the ICTY.  (Daje).

UNAMID shuts Darfur office amid tensions: The Sudanese government made a request on Tuesday that UNAMID exit the site where an alleged mass rape by Sudanese troops took place. The foreign ministry said Sudanese authorities closed the UNAMID office because it was outside Darfur and the mandate does not allow for an office in Khartoum.   Discussions are under way to clarify the role of the Khartoum-based office.  (Reuters).

ICT sentences former leader Hossain to death: Mobarak Hossain was found guilty of murder, abduction and torture during the 1871 civil war. He has been sentenced to death, making his the fourteenth death sentence to be handed down by the tribunal. HRW has expressed concern regarding the court’s procedures.  (For additional information on this topic, please click here.) (BBC, Reuters).

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24 November 2014 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

ECCC boycott results in trial adjournment until January 2015: The genocide trial for Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, two ex-Khmer Rouge leaders, has been adjourned until 8 January 2015. Khieu Samphan’s defence attorneys continued to boycott the proceedings for the defendant. Both defendants wanted more time to file appeal documents on their life sentences for crimes against humanity in a previous trial in August. Judge Nil Nonn stated that the court did not have any other alternative, but would pursue misconduct proceedings against the attorneys. (eNews Channel Africa)

 Activist calls for UNSC attention to alleged rapes in Darfur: Ahmed Hussein Adam, researcher at Cornell University, calls to the UN Security Council to probe into the security and humanitarian situation in Darfur and protect civilians. Hussein Adam urged the Security Council to inquire into the mass rape of women in Tabit. He expressed disappointment by victims and their families in the Security Council’s decision for the Sudanese government to conduct investigations. Hussein Adam does not think that Sudan should investigate itself and called for the ICC to investigate, as well as add more charges. (Radio Dabanga)

ICC Prosecution Witness testifies about treatment in witness protection: An ICC prosecution witness, referred to as Witness 800, states how he considered recanting his statement for the prosecution in a trial due to the treatment by protection officers. An individual, referred to as person 19, told him about an offer from another individual, referred to as person 7. Witness 800 considered taking the offer because the amount of money his family received was not enough to support them. This is not the first instance of witness interference in the trial against Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang who both face three counts of crimes against humanity. (AllAfrica)

HRW says Israeli’s demolition of Palestinian homes could be war crime: On 22 November 2014, Human Rights Watch called upon Israel to stop its practice of demolishing Palestine terrorists’ homes. The NGO states that this practice unlawfully punishes those who did not commit terrorist acts and could constitute as a war crime. Three current houses have been slated for demolition, but the families have appealed. Mohammed Mahmud, the families’ lawyer, stated that their petition would be heard by an Israeli military court on Sunday. (Israel National News)

Nizami appeal filed and Mobarak verdict expected at ICT Bangladesh: Mobarak Hossain, alleged Razakar commander, has his verdict coming out on Monday for his trial. Mobarak stands accused of crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. The prosecution sought the death penalty at the end of trial in May. Motiur Rahman Nizami, Jamaat chief, has appealed his verdict from the ICT to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. Nizami was sentenced to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. Nizami is seeking acquittal from all war crimes charges. (Dhaka Tribune) (for additional information click here)

ICC conduct official visit to Bulgaria: Prosecutor General of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Sotir Tsatsarov, invited ICC officials for an official visit to Bulgaria to meet with high-level Bulgarian representatives. ICC officials included President of the ICC, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, ICC Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, and ICC Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova. Bulgarian officials repeated Bulgaria’s commitment to the ICC and international criminal justice. (International Criminal Court)

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31 October 2014 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

ICC President calls for universal ratification of Rome Statute at GA: Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the ICC, stated the importance for all States to join the ICC to the UN General Assembly on 30 October 2014. President Song emphasized that the strength of the ICC is dependent upon support of the states. He asked all states to consider joining the Rome Statute, the ICC’s founding treaty, in order to obtain international justice for crimes committed and deter future crimes. President Song stated that significant State contributions have been made to the court, but emphasized the disappointment that arrest and surrender of 13 persons are still outstanding. (International Criminal Court)

ICT of Bangladesh to deliver Mir Quasem Ali verdict on 2 Nov: The International Crimes Tribunal-2 announced on Thursday that the verdict of Mir Quasem Ali, the third man in command in Al-Badr during Bangladesh’s Liberation War, would be on Sunday. Mir Quasem was indicted on 5 September 2013 on 14 charges of war crimes that include murder, abduction, and torture. The announcement of his verdict date comes a day after the chief of Al-Badr, Motiur Rahman Nizami, was sentenced to death by ICT-1. 24 people testified against Mir Quasem from 11 December 2013 to 27 April 2014, while the defense produced three witnesses. Prosecutor Tureen Afroz stated that they have proved the charges against Mir Quasem and are seeking the maximum penalty. Defense attorney Tanvir Ahmed Al Amin stated that the prosecution has proved nothing and demanded Mir Quasem’s discharge. (bdnews24)

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29 October 2014 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

Korea may allow UN visit in exchange for dropping push for referral: Special U.N. human rights investigator Marzuki Darusman told reporters this week that diplomats from North Korea have granted his request to visit the country. The visit is supposedly conditioned on the deletion of two provision of the General Assembly resolution urging the Security Council to refer North Korea to the ICC. The provisions concern the recommendation that the ICC prosecute human rights abuses in the country and the warning that the Court prosecute North Korea’s leader for crimes against humanity.  Darusman is a member of the panel that issued the U.N. report earlier this year drawing attention to reports of alleged human rights abuses in North Korea. (The New York Times).

ICT of Bangladesh sentences Nizami to death: Jamaat-e-Islami leader Motiur Rahman Nizama was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh.  Specifically, Nizama was found guilty of orchestrating the killing of scholars during the 1971 Liberation War.  Security was heightened throughout Bangladesh’s major cities before the judgment, which had been postponed from June of this year, as similar verdicts against Nizami’s senior lieutenants caused severe unrest and political violence. (The Guardian).

Bensouda emphasises role of justice in peace and security at UNSC meeting: ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda briefed the U.N. Security Council in New York on Thursday, 23 October 2014.  Bensouda discussed the importance to the ICC and the U.N. Security Council of preserving the rights of civilians during conflicts and protecting peacekeeping missions. Bensouda also stressed the continued need for coordination and cooperation between all parties, including States Parties, in regards to U.N. Security Council referrals and resolutions.  Bensouda noted that “[t]he Council assumes a crucial role in the emerging system of international criminal justice and must embrace this role with all the opportunities for constructive engagement that it provides.” (ICC).

Netherlands rejects Syrian asylum seekers suspected of war crimes: It has been reported at least five Syrian asylum seekers suspected of involvement in war crimes have been denied refugee status in the Netherlands. Some fifteen more asylum seekers from Syria are supposedly still under investigation.  Netherlands stopped deporting those suspected of war crimes back to Syria in 2011 for security concerns.  (Dutch News.nl).

Bensouda attends Darfur Women’s Symposium in DC:  ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda participated in the American-based Women’s Action Group symposium titled “Women and Genocide in the 21st Century: The Case of Darfur” this past weekend in Washington D.C.  Bensouda stressed that the ICC will continue to cooperate with Darfur and work toward the arrest of President Omar Al Bashir. Bensouda further urged all States Parties to the ICC to fulfill their obligations and hand Al Bashir over to the Court. The symposium focused on the alleged genocide in Darfur and the need to protect women. (allAfrica).

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28 October 2014 – NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS

UN Inquiry leads ask for China support in N. Korea ICC referral

The United Nations team that led an investigation into war crimes committed in North Korea on Wednesday asked that China support a referral of the case to the International Criminal Court. Michael Kirby was the chair of the commission of inquiry tasked with identifying any crimes committed and ongoing in North Korea. The resulting report outlined ongoing abuses, and has provided evidence to potentially refer North Korea to the ICC. Leaders were concerned Wednesday that China would use its veto power to block any action to refer North Korea. For additional information on this topic, please click here and click here (Reuters, Washington Post)

Rwanda Prosecutor appeals for cooperation in pursuing suspects

Richard Muhumuza, the Prosecutor General of Rwanda, vowed that he would collaborate with prosecutors and legal systems throughout Africa to pursue and apprehend remaining war crimes suspects. He spoke at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Africa Prosecutors’ Association, and appealed for cooperation to ensure extradition of suspects. Specifically, he spoke about individuals suspected of perpetrating crimes in the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, who had not been apprehended to date. (AllAfrica)

Team of investigators to present findings ICT of Bangladesh Prosecution

A report detailing evidence against three International Crimes Tribunal suspects will be turned over to the Prosecution, for consideration. The investigation arm of the ICT compiled a report against Forkan Mollick, Mohidur Rahman, and Afsar Hossain, in relation to alleged mass killings, rape, and forced conversions, among other charges. (BDNews)

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