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16 October 2018: Several thousands Croats took part in protests in Vukovar demanding bringing to justice perpetrators of the war crimes committed during the 90s war. The protest had also allegedly other political motives.
15 October 2018: The new counter-terrorism bill in the UK poses a risk to free speech and access to information. In the light of this, the cross-party joint committee proposed 29 changes to the bill. The security minister Ben Wallace claimed that a proposal for changes is disappointing, as the measures in the bill are ''necessary, proportionate and compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights".
12 October 2018: A former Bosnian army commander Atif Dudakovic and 16 others were charged with war crimes which took place during the 1992-1995 war. The accused are allegedly responsible for murdering over 300 Serbs, mostly elderly civilians.
11 October 2018: French Polynesia filed a claim at the ICC for alleged crimes against humanity, for which it wants to held accountable all the living French presidents. The claim is related to nuclear tests conducted on islands belonging to French Polynesia.
10 October 2018: Rwanda has a new penal code, which for the first time holds institutions accountable for crimes against humanity and genocide. Any institution or company supporting crimes against humanity or genocide will face dissolution.
9 October 2018: Michèle Coninsx, the Executive Director of the UNCTED, briefed the UNSC noting that there is an increasing involvement of the terror groups in criminal activities. Likewise, criminal groups more often offer their services, such as counterfeiting, to terror groups.
8 October 2018: 2018 Nobel Peace Prize is shared between Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege. Both of them contributed to fighting sexual violence during armed conflicts. Rape and sexual violence can constitute war crimes.
5 October 2018: One more mass grave was uncovered in Sri Lankan Northern province, near Mannar. This grave, with remains of 136 persons, together with another one discovered in the area in 2013 and containing 84 skeletons, points to war crimes committed in the area.
4 October 2018: The government of South Sudan is against setting up a war crimes court. Creation of a hybrid court was a key point in the peace deal recently agreed upon between those who took part in the five-year civil war in the country.
3 October 2018: Qatar objected to the allegations by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates of supporting terrorism at the UN General Assembly on Saturday. The meeting did not bring any progress in the Gulf crisis. An embargo imposed last year by the aforementioned States and Egypt on Qatar remains in place.
2 October 2018: German police arrested 7 men suspected of building a far-right terrorist group called Revolution Chemnitz. Officially, 83 persons were killed in Germany by neo-Nazi and other extremist groups since 1990. A separate investigation by news outlets suggests the number of killed individuals amounts to 169.
1 October 2018: Seven man were arrested for allegedly planning to commit a big-scale terrorist attack in The Netherlands. The planning was at advanced stage. The terrorism threat level in the country remains at the same level: it is substantial, at 4 on a scale of 5.
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.