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Nouvelles du droit international

  • 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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  • US Imposes Diplomatic Sanctions for Icelandic Whaling, Falls Short of Trade Sanctions

    April 7, 2014

    On March 31, President Obama announced that the United States will not impose targeted trade sanctions to address Iceland’s commercial whaling, although the President has revised and repackaged a series of diplomatic measures that US officials will be obligated to implement.
    In a message sent to Congress, the President acknowledged that Iceland’s actions jeopardize the survival of the fin whale, which is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as among the species most threatened with extinction. Iceland’s actions were also found to undermine multilateral efforts to ensure greater worldwide protection for whales.

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  • The Beginning of the End of the Drug War

    April 3, 2014

    Like a lot of wars, the war on drugs has long had problems of credibility and coherence. But of late, discontent with global drug policy seems to have reached an all-time, er, high.

    For the first time in history, a majority of Americans say they support making marijuana legal. Last year, Colorado, Washington and Uruguay went ahead and did it. More jurisdictions, inside and outside the U.S., are considering following their lead. Meanwhile, a rift is growing at the United Nations. Its International Narcotics Control Board accuses stoner states of violating drug treaties, while drug-producing states say prohibition abets paramilitary groups.

    Read more: Marijuana as an Inalienable Right | Fast forward | OZY

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