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18 July 2018: The ICC's jurisdiction over the crime of aggression was activated on 17 July 2018. Less than 40 countries (35 as of 22 February 2018) have so far ratified the amendment enabling their leaders to be found liable for that crime.
17 July 2018: The FARC leaders, including Rodrigo Londoño, appeared for the first time at a new special peace tribunal established in Colombia. They had to respond to allegations of war crimes committed during five decades of the conflict in the country.
16 July 2018: Former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba has been nominated for presidential elections due to take place in December this year. The nomination has taken place five weeks after Bemba's acquittal of war crimes and crimes against humanity charges at the ICC.
13 July 2018: Mahmoud al-Werfalli, a Libyan commander alleged to have directly committed and to have ordered war crimes in Lybia, has escaped from prison. The ICC has issued an arrest warrant for him in August 2017, but al-Werfalli is yet to appear before the court.
12 July 2018: Amnesty International urges that abuses taking place in secret detention facilities, perpetrated by the United Arab Emirates forces and Yemeni militias associated with them, should be investigated as war crimes.
11 July 2018: The UN has stated that allegedly war crimes took place in South Sudan. Three commanders were identified as the most responsible. The UN has called for introducing new sanctions against senior figures in the country.
10 July 2018: Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists state that Nepal's current draft law on prosecuting crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and other international crimes does not meet international standards. Twelve years have passed since the end of a civil war in Nepal.
9 July 2018: The United States boycotted an informal meeting of the UN Security Council, organised in order to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute. Other opponents of the ICC Statute, including China and Russia, were present at the meeting and participated in discussions. As suggested by one of the officials, the non-appearance of the US is likely to be linked to the potential investigation of war crimes, allegedly committed by members of the US military in Afghanistan.
6 July 2018: Amnesty International stated that forcible transfer of the Palestinian population from the village Khan al-Ahmar, and settling Israelis there, violates Geneva Convention IV and amounts to war crimes.On 24 May 2018 the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the entire village can be destroyed.
5 July 2018: Prosecutors in the Jean-Pierre Bemba's trial allege that Bemba's acquittal was based on tainted evidence. Bemba was previously charged with five counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. After a one day hearing conducted yesterday judges will consider the sentence.
4 July 2018: The Organization of American States is of an opinion that there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed in Venezuela. The widespread, systematic attack against the civilian population consists of murder, sexual violence, torture, arbitrary detention and persecution. The regime in Venezuela denies existence of a crisis and denies access to humanitarian help.
New cases, briefs and videos
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NEW VIDEOS: New videos available online. On 22 March 2018, David Schwendiman, former Specialist Prosecutor at the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, provided a lecture on his time at the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office and the challenges ahead. On 31 January 2018, Jonas Nilsson, team leader of the Mladić case in Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, gave a lecture on ‘The Mladić Trial - An Insider's View’. Both lectures were given in the context of the Supranational Criminal Law (SCL) Lectures Series hosted by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut. The video recordings for both lectures can be viewed here. The report on the Mladić Trial lecture can be found here.
INTERNSHIP VACANCY: We are currently hiring for the International Criminal Law and Legal Aspects of Counter-Terrorismintern Internship position (French required). The intern will work on the International Crimes Database and capacity building projects on International Criminal law and Transnational Criminal Law. The internship will be based at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague (Deadline: 3 April 2018).
NEW CASE: The analysis of the plea agreement in the case of United States of America v. Mufid A. Elfgeeh is now available online. Mr. Elfgeeh pleaded guilty in December 2015 to providing material support to a foreign terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As part of the guilty plea, Mr. Elfgeeh acknowledged he had encouraged support for ISIL via social media, he had been involved in trying to recruit foreign fighters, and he had provided financial assistance.
NEW CASE: The case analysis of United States of America v. Nader Elhuzayel and Muhanad Badawi is now available online. Both Mr. Elhuzayel and Mr. Badawi were convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group, the Islamic State (IS). The defendants had used social media accounts to support IS, and Mr. Badawi had filmed Mr. Elhuzayel pledging allegiance to IS and promising to travel to Syria to fight. Mr. Elhuzayel was arrested prior to boarding a flight to Israel via Turkey. They were also found guilty of financial fraud charges, the proceeds of which had been used to fund the travel.
NEW CASE: The case analysis of United States of America v. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh is now available online. Tairod Pugh is an US citizen and a US Air Force veteran who was convicted for providing material support to a terrorist organisation by attempting to travel to Syria in order to join ISIL, and obstruction of justice. Pugh attempted to reach Syria through Turkey and on 10 January 2015, the defendant took a plane from Cairo and landed in Istanbul airport where he was denied entry. On 15 January, he was deported from Egypt to the US and was arrested the following day in New Jersey.
NEW CASE: The case analysis of Prosecutor v. Abdelkarim El. B. is now available online. On 8 November 2016, German foreign fighter Abdelkarim El B. was convicted of membership in a terrorist organisation abroad, illegally possessing a Kalashnikov, and committing a war crime by treating a protected person in a gravely humiliating or degrading manner. He had travelled to Syria in September 2013 in order to fight for ISIL. On 7 November 2013, El. B. and his fellow ISIL fighters found the corpse of a Syrian army soldier. While the defendant was filming and verbally encouraging them, the other fighters cut the nose and ears of the dead body, stepped on it and then shot it in the face.
NEW CASE: The case analysis of Prosecutor v. Mouhannad Droubi is now available online. On 26 February 2015, Droubi, a Syrian citizen, was sentenced by the Södertörn District Court in Sweden to five years in prison for crimes against international law (war crime) and gross assault. Droubi, who fought for the Free Syrian Army against the pro-government forces, had taken refuge in Sweden and was granted residency in 2013. In July 2014, the Swedish police discovered a video of him, along with at least five other FSA fighters, violently assaulting a man who appeared to be a pro-regime fighter with a truncheon and a whip.