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  • USA leaving UN Human Rights Council

    June 20, 2018

    USA Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the United States is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council Tuesday, accusing the body of bias against USA ally Israel and a failure to hold human rights abusers accountable.
    USA leaving UN Human Rights Council

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  • An Ad Hoc Hybrid Special Court for Sri Lanka: What Does It Take?

    September 25, 2015

    On 16 September 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka issued two reports on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. Their recommendation: the creation of an ad hoc hybrid special court to try war crimes and crimes against humanity. Which crimes were committed and how did the international community reach such a recommendation? This post will take a look at the civil war which plagued Sri Lanka for 25 years, the subsequent international response and finally, what does it take to create an ad hoc hybrid tribunal?

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