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  • Gbagbo

    February 14, 2019

    On January 15 2019, Mr Laurent Gbagbo, the former head of state of Côte d’Ivoire (2000-2011) and his right-hand man, Charles Blé Goudé, were acquitted from all charges of crimes against humanity that were allegedly committed between 2010 and 2011. Post-electural bloodshed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 resulted in the death of about 3,000 people and the displacement of 500,000. Gbagbo was charged with four counts of crimes against humanity: murder, rape, other inhumane acts or – in the alternative – attempted murder, and persecution, allegedly committed during the 2010-2011 post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire. Gbagbo, who has pleaded not guilty, was taken into custody by the ICC in 2011. He remained in custody for seven years. The trial was a landmark in the history of the ICC. Gbagbo was the highest profile official and the first former head of state, to stand trial at the ICC since the establishment of the Court.

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  • Argentina To Report Venezuela to the ICC for Alleged Crimes Against Humanity

    September 4, 2018

    On August 20, the President of Argentina, Mr. Mauricio Macri, announced during a press meeting that he intends to report Venezuela to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over alleged crimes against humanity. President Macri stated that his plans to refer the Venezuelan government to the ICC are supported by Colombia, Chile and Paraguay. If Argentina succeeds, it will be the first time in history that a state party to the Rome Statute refers a fellow member to the ICC.

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  • Men and Boys as Hidden Victims of Sexual Violence

    July 5, 2018

    Generally, victims of rape and other types of sexual violence are reluctant to speak out. Unfortunately, exclusion and stigmatization are the unavoidable corollary of acts of sexual violence. While there still is limited awareness, focus and advocacy on women’s rights in sexually violent circumstances, it is even less so when men are the victims of these crimes. Reflections on the male victims’ perspective to sexual violence in unrest inspired Sophia Ugwu and her team at Centre for African Justice Peace and Human Rights, a non-profit Foundation based in The Hague, to organise a Symposium on sexual violence perpetrated against the Male gender.

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  • Legislating Peace: From the Outlawry of War to the Crime of Aggression, 3-4 July 2018

    June 27, 2018

    Dialogue and Speeches. Venue: Peace Palace Library and the Nieuwe Kerk, Delft
    Legislating Peace

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  • Mali War Crimes Suspect Mr. Al Hassan Makes Initial Appearance Before the ICC

    April 5, 2018

    After the Al Mahdi case, a landmark trial, a second case has been referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Timbuktu, Mali between 2012 and 2013. Another Malian national, 40-year-old Mr Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He has been accused of destroying holy places, mausoleums of Muslim saints in Timbuktu and of enforcing a policy of forced marriage which had led to sexual slavery and rape of women and girls. The alleged crimes were committed between 2012 and 2013 when Timbuktu was under the control of militant islamists. From April 2012 until January 2013, Mr Al Hassan was head of the Islamic Police.

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  • Rome Statute at 20

    February 16, 2018

    On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute – the ground-breaking treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), the ICC and the Coalition for the ICC will organize forums and commemorations in February 2018 and throughout the year in The Hague, The Netherlands.

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  • Bergsmo, M., Rackwitz, K. and Tianying, S. (eds.), Historical Origins of International Criminal Law, Brussels, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, 2017.

    Volume 5 Series Historical Origins of International Criminal Law

    June 22, 2017

    Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher has published: Historical Origins of International Criminal Law, edited by Morten Bergsmo (et al.). We thank the publisher for donating this series.

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  • Al Bashir Case

    December 9, 2016

    ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II schedules a hearing on South Africa’s cooperation on 7 April 2017.
    Al Bashir Case

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  • Africa and withdrawal from the ICC

    October 28, 2016

    Currently, 124 countries have ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. But the USA, China and the Russian Federation for example have not. 139 States have signed the Rome Statute. Of those states, 34 are African states (comprising 30 percent of the court’s membership), 28 States are Latin American and Caribbean States, 19 are Asia-Pacific States, 18 are Eastern European states and 25 are from Western Europe and other States. In the past few days three African countries have announced that they intend to withdraw from the ICC. On October 18, 2016, Pierre Nkurunziza, the President of Burundi signed legislation on withdrawal from the ICC.

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  • Celebrating International Criminal Justice Day : Judge Monageng Visits.

    July 24, 2015

    On July 17th, 2015, The Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library celebrated International Criminal Justice Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute. The highlight was a conversation with former International Criminal Court (ICC) Vice President Judge Sanji Mmasenono MONAGENG and Hague Academy of International Law students to discuss her work and thoughts on justice. At the beginning of her speech, Judge Monageng said International Criminal Justice Day “unites people like you and me who wish to support justice, who wish to promote human rights… and who wish to help prevent crimes that threaten the peace and security of this world.” After the session, attendees were photographed with signs for the #JusticeMatters campaign, and the day ended with a free showing of the documentary film ‘Burden of Peace’.

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