UN prosecutor files amended Mladic indictment

BELGRADE Serbia - (APINTL) U.N. prosecutors have filed an amended indictment against Europe's top fugitive Ratko Mladic, seeking to speed up the court proceedings once he is arrested, the chief U.N. prosecutor for former Yugoslavia said Thursday. The amended indictment lists 11 counts of genocide...

Serbia: Army chief is innocent of Kosovo crimes

BELGRADE Serbia (AP) - Serbia's war crimes prosecutors have denied a human rights group's claim that the country's new army chief of staff committed war crimes against civilians in Kosovo during the 1998-99 war. The prosecutors' office said Wednesday an investigation has shown Full...

UN panel: Both sides committed war crimes in Libya

GENEVA (AP) - A U.N. expert panel said in a report Friday that forces loyal to late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and opposition fighters both committed war crimes during the conflict in the Arab country last year. The U.N.-appointed Commission of Inquiry on Libya concluded that Full version (available...

Belgium seeks world court order on ex-Chad leader

THE HAGUE Netherlands (AP) - Lawyers for Belgium urged the United Nations' highest court Monday to order Senegal to prosecute former Chad dictator Hissene Habre or extradite him for trial for allegedly masterminding Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Sri Lanka will not fully implement own war report

COLOMBO Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka will not implement all proposals from its civil war commission because the panel went beyond its mandate, a government minister said Monday after a U.N. rights council called for the report's implementation. The commission's report dismissed allegations...

Europeans want war crimes probe of Houla massacre

GENEVA (AP) - European diplomats were pressing Friday for the U.N.'s top human rights body to propose a war crimes probe into last week's killing of over 100 civilians in Syria, a move that would be fiercely resisted by Russia but also is viewed with misgivings by Full version (available...

Bangladesh indicts Islamic leaders for war crimes

DHAKA Bangladesh (AP) - The chief of Bangladesh's largest Islamic party and one of his deputies were indicted Monday for alleged crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan. A special tribunal set up by Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Vegas grocer accused of war crimes sent to Bosnia

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A man accused of commanding a police squad that rounded up Bosnian Muslims for slaughter in 1995 fashioned a new life in Las Vegas as a modest grocery store owner before being arrested and deported to Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Liberian Charles Taylor, War Crimes, and the Rule of Law

Not since World War II has an international tribunal held a former head state accountable for war crimes. That changed last week when the Special Court for Sierra Leone sentenced Liberia's former president, Charles Taylor, to prison for a term of 50 years. Given his age, this is in essence a life...

Group: Rwandan military aiding Congo fugitive

DAKAR Senegal (AP) - Rwanda's military is providing weapons and refuge to an ex-warlord indicted for war crimes and whose fighters have launched a new rebellion in neighboring eastern Congo, an international human rights group said Monday. The International Criminal Court has sought the arrest...

Mali seeks International Criminal Court probe

THE HAGUE Netherlands (AP) - Mali's justice minister on Wednesday asked prosecutors at the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into "grave and massive" crimes committed in the African nation that was plunged into turmoil by a coup this year. Court's Prosecutor...

Kashmir won't DNA test mass graves

SRINAGAR India (AP) - The government of Kashmir has rejected wide-scale DNA testing of bodies in thousands of unmarked graves despite pleas by the families of those who disappeared during two decades of fighting in the restive region. A report by the state's home department that was obtained...

Congo War Crimes, Rwandan Complicity, and the Rule of Law

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, M23 rebels are committing war crimes and other human rights abuses. Both adults and minors are conscripted to serve in the rebel militia. If they attempt to flee, they are killed. Pregnant women and even preteen girls are raped. Civilians are massacred. The...

UN backs shaming of those who use child soldiers

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday backed the naming and shaming of governments and armed groups that recruit, kill or sexually attack children in armed conflicts over protests from Russia, China, Pakistan and Azerbaijan. A resolution supporting the U.N. special representative...

Rule of Law Essential to Restoring Malian Human Rights

The rule of law in Mali is at a critical juncture. In the past six months, the nation's government has been toppled by the military, the acting president was nearly beaten to death, there have been Taureg secessionist movements, and radical Islamists are imposing Sharia law upon territory they...

Last trial under way at Yugoslav war crimes court

THE HAGUE Netherlands (AP) - Twenty years after war in Croatia catapulted Goran Hadzic from warehouse worker to rebel Serb president, he is in the dock in the final trial of the tribunal set up to prosecute war crimes committed during the Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

UN Security Council puts sanctions on Congo rebels

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sanction the leaders of Congo's M23 rebel force, which hours earlier occupied the eastern Congolese city of Goma as U.N. peacekeepers stood by without resisting. But it did not name two Full version (available to lexis...

Can Syria’s Rebels Restore the Rule of Law?

Syrian Attorney Mohammed Haj Hussein is attempting to create an impartial legal system in territory held by rebels. The goal is to provide justice that has been lacking in President Bashar al-Assad's authoritarian regime. On a positive note, the new system relies upon an impartial judiciary...

ICC prosecutor: Sudan may face more Darfur charges

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Sudan may face more charges for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Thursday. Fatou Bensouda told the U.N. Security Council that crimes continue to be committed under Full version (available...