Bemba II: First ICC witness tampering verdict set for 19 October

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From left to right: Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Aimé Kilolo, Jean-Jacques Magenda Kabongo, Fidèle Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido ©ICC

International Criminal Court (ICC) judges will deliver their verdict in the trial of five men suspected of interfering with witnesses in the trial of former Congolese vice president Jean Pierre Bemba on 19 October. Involving politicians and defense lawyers, it the first such case to come before the Court. From the International Justice Monitor.

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Côte d’Ivoire: Time to end impunity for ICC crimes


President of Côte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara should undertake national prosecution of all perpetrators of serious international crimes by fully implementing the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) into national law.

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Nauru: Complete International Criminal Court implementation process


The Pacific island nation of Nauru should build on recent progressive justice advances by enacting national legislation to implement the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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What Is Plain English And Why Is It Important For Human Rights?


In this post from RightsInfo, Rachel Schon explains how writing in plain English can contribute to a better understanding of human rights, specifically in the domain of legal rights and responsibilities. By communicating this information in more simplistic terms, misunderstanding that could lead to serious consequences might be avoided.

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#GlobalJustice Weekly – Death toll rises in Yemen as gov’s flout Arms Trade Treaty


A Yemeni boy stands in the rubble of a house destroyed by a Saudi airstrike. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

The latest in Global Justice news: Civil society is calling on arms-producing governments to stop supplying weapons potentially being used to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity in Yemen; ICC Trial Chamber V(B) refers Kenyan government to Assembly of States Parties for lack of cooperation; ICC prosecutor publishes policy on case selection; refugees fleeing South Sudan pass one million mark; FARC rebels apologize for ‘great pain’ caused by kidnappings; UN envoy says progress in Libya marred by ongoing volatile security situation; and much more. 

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