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Nouvelles du droit international

  • The long arms of the law

    May 9, 2014

    AFTER nearly three years, Yingluck Shinawatra’s stint as prime minister of Thailand drew this week to its inevitable close. The end came not with the bang of a people-power revolution that at one point seemed likely to unseat her; nor with the muted rumble of tanks in a coup like the one that toppled her brother Thaksin from the same job in 2006; still less with the raucous clamour of a contested election, though one had been called for July 20th. Rather, it petered out in the whimper of a court order. Not for the first time the Thai judiciary has intervened to solve a problem that a broken political system could not fix. And not for the first time its intervention was to the Shinawatras’ detriment.

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  • A year after genocide trial, has justice been done?

    May 6, 2014

    The courtroom erupted in cheers after former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide in May 2013 for allegedly allowing massacres of more than 1,700 indigenous Ixil Mayans in the early 1980s.

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  • Forget the naysayers, development policy should be rooted in human rights

    May 2, 2014

    Greater respect for human rights can make development more just, curb harmful practices and improve accountability.

    By: D. Mepham

    Source: Human Rights Watch

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  • Accountability in South Sudan – the African Union steps up

    April 24, 2014

    Images of Charles Taylor being arrested and indicted in 2006 for his crimes in Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war were splashed over the front pages of global news sites. When he was convicted in 2012, the spectacle was widely broadcast around the world. Elsewhere, the wheels of justice at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda have been grinding away steadily since 1995. Out of 95 indictments, and some 49 convictions later, complaints continue that génocidaires are still at large. While the International Criminal Court continues to pursue cases against several African leaders, a remarkable attempt to step into the breach by an indigenous African institution goes largely unnoticed.

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  • Political Inclusiveness: The Key Word for Arab Spring Nations

    April 24, 2014

    Wisdom has it that we should be learning from our mistakes. In reality, this is hardly the case.

    Back in 2003, when Paul Bremer, then-U.S. Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, decided to ban Saddam Hussein’s Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, things in this country started to tumble.

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  • Judgment in the M/V “Virginia G” Case (Panama/Guinea-Bissau)

    April 15, 2014

    The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea delivered its Judgment yesterday in The M/V “Virginia G” Case (Panama/Guinea-Bissau). The Judgment was read by President Shunji Yanai at a public sitting.

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  • UN report calls for ‘technological change’ on global warming

    April 14, 2014

    International climate scientists warn the world must shift away from fossil intensive energy production amid recent proposals by the European Commission to phase out subsidies for renewables.

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  • Smolensk plane crash stumbling stone in Poland-Russia relations

    April 11, 2014

    The Tu-154 plane of the former Polish president Lech Kaczynski crashed near Smolensk in 2010, killing the Polish political elite. Although four years have already passed since the tragedy, Poland continues to search for the culprits.

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  • European Heritage Label for the Peace Palace: Award Ceremony

    April 8, 2014

    Today, April 8th, 2014, the first European Heritage Label award ceremony will take place in Brussels, at the Solvay Library. Four heritage sites have been awarded the European Heritage Label: Park Carnuntum, Austria, Great Guild Hall, Estonia, Camp Westerbork and the Peace Palace!
    European Heritage Label awarded to the Peace Palace, The Netherlands

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  • Libyan rebels, government agree to gradually reopen occupied oil ports

    April 7, 2014

    Libyan rebels occupying four eastern oil ports agreed with the government on Sunday to gradually end their eight-month petroleum blockade, which has cost the North African state billions in lost revenues.

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