New Katanga trial shows DRC’s potential to try complex international crimes

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Germain Katanga waiting for the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday Oct. 22, 2007. He was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity in March 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

In this post from Open Democracy, Paul Seils and Myriam Raymond-Jetté explain why the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) decision to prosecute Germain Katanga, who completed an International Criminal Court (ICC) sentence in January 2016, for untried war crimes represents the ICC’s positive contribution to the country’s ability to take primary responsibility for serious international crimes committed by its nationals or on its territory.

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#GlobalJustice Weekly – Timbuktu destruction: Suspected Islamist pleads guilty to war crimes at ICC

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Ahmad al-Mahdi pleads guilty to the destruction of religious and historical structures in Timbuktu, Mali. © ICC

The latest in Global Justice news: Suspected Islamist Ahmad al-Mahdi pleads guilty to war crime charges for alleged cultural destruction in Timbuktu; failure to reach truce agreement in Darfur disappoints UN chief Ban Ki-moon; Jean Pierre Bemba facing financial issues over witness-tampering allegations; refugees tell terrifying accounts of torture and exploitation in Libya; and much more. 

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Need to know: ICC Timbuktu destruction trial

6The International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of suspected Islamist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi for attacks on religious and historical structures during the 2012 occupation of Timbuktu opens on 22 August. Here’s some need to know information on the first international prosecution solely focused on the war crime of destroying cultural heritage – and the first ICC trial in which the accused is set to plead guilty.

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10 cultural landmarks destroyed in conflict

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A picture showing the Temple of Bel before it was destroyed by ISIS in September 2015 in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. The structure dated back to 32AD | © Joseph Eid / AFP

With the International Criminal Court (ICC) set to open its first trial for the destruction of UNESCO listed buildings in Mali’s Timbuktu, we bring you 10 examples of historic, religious and cultural structures destroyed in conflict through the ages.

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UN to Burundi: protect ethnic minorities from violence; stop reprisals on civil society

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An activist holding a placard reading ‘Save Burundi’ protests in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi against killings in neighbouring Burundi | © Tony Karumba /Getty Images

The World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) has highlighted UN calls for Burundi to cease reprisals against civil society advocating for domestic and international justice in the country, where the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor is conducting a preliminary examination into alleged Rome Statute crimes since April 2015. The call comes shortly after the Coalition for the ICC called for government action in the wake of attacks against ICC advocates in The Hague.

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