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21 May 2015 description

Arusha, May 21, 2015 (FH) – Torture, muffling victims’ cries of pain, removing their bodies in the night: these are some of the accusations against the youth of the ruling party in Burundi. The warning comes in a letter signed by prominent civil society and political figures, including two former presidents.

08 May 2015 description

Arusha, May 8, 2015 (FH) – The crimes against humanity trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and former Youth Minister Charles Blé Goudé is to start on November 10, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced.

The November 10 hearing will be only to hear the opening statements of the parties and participants, according to a Court statement on Thursday. The prosecution will start presenting its evidence in January 2016, “at a date to be confirmed”.

12 Mar 2015 description

Geneva/Monrovia March 12, 2015 (FH) – Recent arrests of two Liberian war crimes suspects in Belgium and Switzerland are historic, says a lawyer defending victims. They have also reignited debate in Liberia over justice for the victims of that country’s civil war.

10 Mar 2015 description

Arusha, March 10, 2015 (FH) – An Abidjan court has sentenced former Ivorian First Lady Simone Gabgbo to 20 years in jail, whereas the prosecutor had only asked for 10 years. She was charged with crimes committed during post-election violence in 2010-2011, including undermining state security.

09 Mar 2015 description

Arusha, March 9, 2015 (FH) – Human rights organizations have filed a war crimes complaint before a Bamako investigating judge on behalf of 33 victims in the north of the country, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) has announced.

The complaint identifies fifteen people suspected of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity when armed groups occupied Timbuktu and its surrounding region in 2012 and 2013, says a communiqué published Friday.

25 Feb 2015 description

Bangui, February 25, 2015 (FH) – Victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Central African Republic are urging the International Criminal Court to include crimes committed in their country in its case against former LRA commander Dominic Ongwen.

The LRA committed serious crimes in the CAR as well as in Ongwen’s home country of Uganda. Ongwen has been in ICC detention since last month, but his case concerns only crimes committed in Uganda before 2005. His confirmation of charges hearing is scheduled for August 24.

22 Oct 2014 description

Arusha, October 22, 2014 (FH) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday ordered the provisional release of four suspects close to Congolese Senator and former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, “to avoid that the duration of the pre-trial detention become disproportionate”.

Jean-Pierre Bemba is on trial before the ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003.

15 Oct 2014 description

Arusha, October 15, 2014 (FH) – The trial of Simone Gbagbo, wife of the former Ivorian President, is to start on October 22 before an Ivorian court, RFI reported Wednesday.

Simone Gbagbo is also under an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant which Abidjan has so far refused to implement, arguing that national courts are willing and able to give her a fair trial.

23 Sep 2014 description

Arusha, September 23, 2014 (FH) – Trial hearings kicked off Monday in Kigali in the case of Charles Bandora, the first genocide suspect extradited to Rwanda from a European country.
Bandora was handed over to Rwandan authorities by Norway on March 10, 2013.

On the first day, the court heard two witnesses who launched strong accusations against the former businessman, according to Rwandan private newspaper the New Times.

31 Oct 2012 description

Kigali, October 31, 2012 (FH) – More than 50,000 people suspected of having participated in the 1994 genocide are still at large in various African and European countries, according to the Rwandan Prosecutor General’s office.

The Rwandan judicial authorities have only issued arrest warrants for 146 of these suspects but state they are working on the case files of the others.

Most of these people have been tried and convicted in absentia by the semi-traditional gacaca courts which finished working at the end of June.

09 Jul 2012 description

Arusha, July 9, 2012 (FH) – Six Western African leaders have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate war crimes in northern Mali.

The Heads of State from Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Nigeria, Togo and Burkina Faso reportedly held a mini-Summit in Ouagadougou on Saturday to discuss, among others, the political crisis in Mali.

Over the past week, armed Islamist fighters have descended on cemeteries holding the remains of Timbuktu's Sufi saints, systematically destroying its six most famous tombs.

04 Jun 2012 description

Arusha, June 4, 2012 (FH) – Malawi is to arrest Sudanese President Hassan Omar Al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, if he sets foot in the country next month for the African Union Summit.

19 Apr 2012 description

Arusha, April 19, 2012 (FH) - Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi is charged with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and extermination as a crime against humanity for crimes committed in Kanzenze commune, Kigali-rural prefecture, between April 7 and July 1994.

At the time of the genocide in Rwanda, he was Pastor of of the Pentecostal church of Kayenzi in Kenzenze commune. The ICTR Prosecutor alleges in an eight-page indictment that “he led a group of killers to look for and exterminate Tutsi” and that the group lived at the Kayenzi church.

30 Sep 2011 description

Arusha, September 30, 2011 (FH) -The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Friday acquitted Rwandan ex-ministers Casimir Bizimungu and Jérome Bicamumpaka on all charges for lack of sufficient evidence. It imposed 30- year prison sentences on two other members of the former interim government, Justin Mugenzi and Prosper Mugiraneza, for their role in the 1994 genocide.

06 Jul 2011 description

The Hague, July 6, 2011 (FH) - Kenya has just conveyed to the International Criminal Court (ICC) its first investigation report on post-elections violence which happened in December 2007.

ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo had been allowed to take over the Kenyan case on March 31, 2010, after the Kenyan parliament failed to set up a special tribunal to judge six high Kenyan officials.

16 Feb 2005 description

Kigali, 16 février 2005 (FH) - Les procès dans les tribunaux Gacaca commenceront par les crimes de meurtre commis pendant le génocide, a annoncé mercredi à l'agence Hirondelle la secrétaire exécutive du département des Gacaca, Mme Domitille Mukantaganzwa.

10 May 2004 description

Arusha, le 10 mai 2004 (FH) - L'Union européenne (UE) va effectuer son premier «financement direct» au profit du Tribunal pénal international pour le Rwanda (TPIR), a annoncé lundi soir une délégation au siège de la juridiction internationale.