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13 September 2021: Edin Vranj, a former senior Police Administration official in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was arrested while crossing the border between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and charged with having committed war crimes against prisoners of war during the Bosnian conflict in the early 1990s. In recent years, two other Bosnians, namely Husein Mujanovic and Osman Osmanovic, had been arrested at a border crossing with Serbia over accusations of war crimes.

10 September 2021: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Christian Ritscher of Germany as the Special Adviser and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (UNITAD). The organization was established to support domestic efforts to hold the terrorist group ISIL accountable for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Iraq. 

8 September 2021: Two women, arriving from territories once controlled by the Islamic State to Stockholm airport, were arrested by Swedish authorities for allegedly committing war crimes in Syria. Prosecutors Hanna Lemoine and Karolina Wieslander, who are in charge of the two cases, informed the Swedish news agency TT that the two women arrested will be questioned further before the prosecution decides whether to formally charge them.

7 September 2021: The Court of Cassation of France, the country's highest court of appeal, overturned a previous ruling by a lower court that had dismissed charges for complicity in crimes against humanity against cement giant Lafarge over its role in the Syrian Civil War. This ruling does not imply that the company will automatically face trial; rather the Court referred the matter back to investigating magistrates, who will now reconsider the complicity charge.

6 September 2021: The ECCHR - European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, a Berlin-based NGO, accused several German companies, including high profile brands like Hugo Boss and C&A, of being allegedly complicit in crimes against humanity by "profiting" from the forced labour of Uyghur Muslims in China. Commenting on the complaint, Miriam Saage-Maass, the director of the organization, said, "These five cases are just one example of a much larger and more systemic problem,"

3 September 2021: Experts serving on the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) called on the new Taliban-led authorities of Afghanistan to uphold the country's international obligations, particularly, by complying with all provisions of the Convention against Torture and of it