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23 February 2024: On Wednesday trials in absentia of former Serbia policeman Milovan Jovanovic and former Serbian military reservist Dejan Racic for war crimes committed during the Kosovo war commenced before Pristina Basic Court.

22 February 2024: Eusebio Torres has been sentenced by a Paraguayan court to 30 years in prison for brutal torture during the country's military dictatorship. He will serve his sentence under house arrest, because of his advanced age.

19 February 2024: Eusebio Torres, a Paraguayan police officer during the military dictatorship, is facing charges of torture for crimes committed in 1976, in connection with the Stroessner dictatorship which left among others approximately 19.000 cases of torture. 

14 February 2024: In the Netherlands, a Dutch citizen was arrested for his alleged involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, being suspected of complicity in genocide, incitement to commit genocide, and war crimes

12 February 2024: A Dutch court ordered the Netherlands to stop its exports of F-35 fighter jet parts to Israel within 7 days, due to the clear risk of them being used in the commission of war crimes in Gaza. 

2 February 2024: The Turku Court of Appeal in Finland confirmed the acquittal of Gibril Massaquoi, a former Sierra Leonean rebel commander accused of committing multiple crimes, including war crimes, during the second Liberian civil war. 

30 January 2024: In Belgium, a former leader of the pro-Syrian government militia was arrested and charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Syria between 2011 and 2016. 

22 January 2024: In the Dutch case against a former member of Liwa al-Quds, a pro-Syrian government militia, the Hague District Court convicted Mustafa A. of crimes against humanity in the form of illegal detention and torture during the Syrian civil war, sentencing him to 12 years in prison. 

16 January 2024: In the Lafarge case, the French Supreme Court upheld the charge of complicity in crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Syria between 2012 and 2014. However, it rejected that the French cement company could be charged with endangering the lives of its Syrian employees, ruling that the safety protections afforded by French labour law were not applicable. 

8 January 2024: The trial of Ousman Sonko started today at the Swiss Federal Criminal Court. The Gambian ex-Minister of Interior was accused of multiple counts of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the rule of former Gambian dictator Yayha Jammeh. 

20 December 2023: Álvaro Uribe, former President of Colombia, was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity in Argentina. The charges relate to thousands of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances that allegedly occurred between 2002 and 2008, during his dictatorship. 

19 December 2023: Seven former Bosnian Serb army members were arrested in Bosnia and Herzegovina on suspicion of their involvement in the Srebrenica genocide, in connection with the shooting and killing of 800 Bosniak victims in Orahovac, one of the largest execution sites.  

15 December 2023: Today, the Hague District Court rejected human rights groups’ claims that the Netherlands violated its obligations when exporting F-35 fighter jet parts to Israel. The groups had argued that the risk of war crimes being allegedly committed in Gaza should have stopped the supply of F-35 parts.

14 December 2023: The first appeal judgment of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers was delivered today: the Appeals Panel upheld all three counts of war crimes against Salih Mustafa for the arbitrary detention, torture and murder of Kosovar Albanian detainees, but revised his overall sentence from 26 years to 22 years in prison. 

11 December 2023: The United States Department of Justice charged four Russia-affiliated military personnel with conspiracy to commit and the commission of several war crimes in Ukraine against a U.S. victim in April 2022. This marks the first-ever prosecution under the federal War Crimes Act of 1996. 

New cases, briefs and videos

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NEW VIDEO: A new video is available online. On 19 December 2023, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut organised the Supranational Criminal Law (SCL) Lecture titled "Navigating the International Legal Landscape of the Israel-Palestine Conflict", featuring Prof. Terry Gill, Prof. Helen Duffy and Yousuf Syed Khan J.D. LL.M. The video is available here.

NEW VIDEO: A new video is available online. On 21 September 2023, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut organised the Supranational Criminal Law (SCL) Lecture titled "Pursuing Accountability for the Crime of Aggression against Ukraine", featuring H.E. Mr. Oleksandr Karasevych, Dr. Anton Korynevych, Prof. Larissa van den Herik, Prof. André Nollkaemper, Dr. Astrid Reisinger Coracini and Dr. Owiso Owiso. This specific SCL Lecture was co-organised by the IHCL Platform and the Embassy of Ukraine in The Hague and supported by The Hague Municipality. The video is available here.

NEW VIDEO: A new video is available online. On 22 June 2023, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut organised in cooperation with the IHCL Platform this Supranational Criminal Law (SCL) lecture, titled "The road to justice: Lessons for Ukraine from the USSR invasion of Afghanistan" featuring Victoria Kerr, Nader Nadery, UN Special Rapporteur Richard Bennett and Dr. Dmytro Koval. The video is available here

NEW BRIEF: A new ICD brief is available on the International Crimes Database, titled: "Ëcocide: The Environment as Victim at the International Criminal Court", authored by Dr. Giovanna Frisso. This brief is part of the ICD Ecocide Brief Series.

NEW CASE: Case analysis of the appeals judgment in the Eshetu Alemu case (The Hague Court of Appeal, June 2022) is now online. It can be accessed here

NEW VIDEO: A new video is available online. On 14 December 2022, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut organised this Supranational Criminal Law (SCL) lecture, titled “Environmental harm and international criminal law” featuring Matthew Gillett, Rosario Salvatore Aitala, Larissa van den Herik, Daniëlla Dam-de Jong and Stavros Evdokimos Pantazopoulos. The video is available here

NEW BRIEF: A new ICD Brief is available on the International Crimes Database entitled: "Prosecution of Ecocide as a Weapon in Armed Conflict: Reflections on Crimea", by Prof. Borys Babin and Dr. Oleksii Plotnikov. This Brief is part of the ICD Ecocide Brief Series. 

NEW BRIEF: A new ICD Brief is available on the International Crimes Database entitled "Ecocide and the End of the Anthropocene: An Ecocentric Critique of the (Failed) Developments of an International Crime of Ecocide", by Clémentine Dècle-Classen. This Brief is part of the ICD Ecocide Brief Series. 

NEW BRIEF: A new ICD Brief is available on the International Crimes Database entitled "The Crime of Ecocide Through Human Rights: A New Tool for Climate Justice", by Lisa Oldring and Kate Mackintosh. This Brief is part of the ICD Ecocide Brief Series.