Swiss lead bid to turn Syrian abuses over to ICC

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s call 14 January to the UN Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court in The Hague has received strong backing from 56 other countries that signed the letter saying that those who have committed alleged war crimes abuses must be held accountable. Human Rights Watch, in commending the […]

ICC sentences Lubanga to 14 years for enlisting child soldiers

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Thomas Lubanga Dyilo was sentenced by the International Criminal Court in The Hague Tuesday 10 July to 14 years in prison for his role in enlisting child soldiers. Lubanga is the first person sentenced by the court. It notes in its statement about the sentencing that “he was found guilty, on 14 […]

Qaddafi sons contest arrest efforts, one via lawyer, the other on the lam

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Saadi Qadaffi, who fled to Niger, is contesting Interpol’s arrest warrant for him, after earlier dismissing charges of misappropriating funds. His lawyer said Tuesday 2 November that he is challenging the basis of the Interpol warrant, saying it is politically motivated by a new leadership that lacks legitimacy. The news comes three […]

Int’l Criminal Court asks Interpol to issue Red Notice for Qaddafi trio

THE HAGUE – The International Criminal Court in The Hague has asked Interpol to issue Red Notices for three Libyan leaders for whom arrest warrants were issued in June: Muammar Qaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi. The three are wanted on charges of suspected crimes against humanity, murder and torture. The ICC’s prosecutor, Luis […]

Lecture: The Pinochet Affair and Debate on Human Rights in Colombia

Baltasar Garzon of the International Criminal Court to lecture as part of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights. The lecture will take place at 12:3o in Unige. Garzon will also lead a debate on human rights. Juan Jose Lozano, director of the documentary Impunity (read review in GenevaLunch) will be one of […]

UN worker kidnapped in Darfur

A civilian employee of the UN peacekeeping mission to Darfur has been abducted by armed men in El-Fasher, the capital of North Darfur. The kidnapping ocurred just hours after a UN Security Council mission arrived in the area, 7 October. Sudanese armed forces began a hunt for the kidnapped man. Armed men entered the residence […]

Sudan fights back at corruption charges

Sudan’s ambassador to the United Nations has gone on the attack to deflect multiple charges against his government. Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamad told CNN (programme will air 9 December) that his country will never hand over its president, Omar al-Bashir, to the International Criminal Court  in The Hague where he is accused of war crimes. The […]

Goldstone report debated in UN General Assembly

The findings of the Goldstone report on the war in Gaza last December 2008 and January 2009 are being debated 4 and 5 November in the UN General Assembly in New York.The Goldstone investigation was commissioned by the UN to investigate allegations of war crimes during the brief war that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians […]

Karadzic to attend his own trial Tuesday

Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, on trial for genocide at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands will appear today, 3 November for a procedural hearing. Karadzic has boycotted the proceedings since 26 October, saying he needs more time to review a million documents and the testimony of hundreds of witnesses. Karadzic stands accused […]

Human Rights Council approves Goldstone report on Gaza

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The UN Human Rights Council, meeting in a special session 15 and 16 October, has approved the report into possible war crimes during the December 2008-January 2009 incursion by Israel into the Gaza Strip. The council will forward the report to the UN General Assembly for consideration. At the end of […]