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News updates

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22 May 2024: The President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals has denied a request from Ratko Mladić, who has been convicted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, to be provisionally released on humanitarian grounds.

21 May 2024: Yesterday the ICC Prosecutor applied for arrest warrants before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the ICC for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defence Minister and three Hamas leaders for alleged war crimes and  crimes against humanity.

15 May 2024: The Swiss Federal Criminal Court convicted today Ousman Sonko, Gambian former Minister of Interior, for crimes against humanity, committed between 2000 and 2016.

7 May 2024: The trial of three high ranking Syrian officials for alleged complicity in crimes against humanity against the disappearance of two members of the Dabbagh family, will commence on 21st of May before the Paris Criminal Court.

3 May 2024: Former LRA leader Kwoyelo, who is accused for war crimes and crimes against humanity before the International Crimes Division of the High Court of Uganda, claimed that he was under the command of Joseph Kony and was not responsible for decision making.

1 May 2024: On Tuesday the Special Criminal Court in CAR issued an arrest warrant against former president Francois Bozize over alleged crimes against humanity committed by the military between 2009-2013.

30 April 2024: The ex-wife of an ISIS official has been charged with crimes against humanity in France for alleged enslavement of a Yazidi teenage girl in Syria in 2015.

29 April 2024: On Friday Romanian prosecutors issued an indictment against former President Ion Iliescu for crimes against humanity that took place during the protests of June 1990, where among others, killings, rapes and arbitrary deprivation of liberty took place.

22 April 2024: Three Iraqi civilians, who were held in the US-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, filed a lawsuit under the Alien Tort Statute, against the CACI Premier Technology that provided interrogators at the prison, for allegedly committing the crime of torture.

19 April 2024: Three associations have filed a legal complaint in Paris before the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor's Office against a Franco-Israeli soldier, who has allegedly committed the crime of torture against Palestinian prisoners in Gaza.

18 April 2024: Yesterday, the defence team of former Kosovo Liberation Army member Pjeter Shala, known as Commander Wolf, in its closing statement before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, asked for his acquittal from charges of war crimes due to insufficient evidence. 

17 April 2024: On Monday a legal complaint was filed before the Federal Court in Buenos Aires by a Ukrainian man who alleges to be a victim of torture by Russian military forces in 2022.

15 April 2024: Today the trial of a former brigadier-general in the Syrian army, who is accused for aiding and abetting war crimes in 2012 commenced before the Stockholm District Court.

12 April 2024: Emmanuel Nkunduwimye stands trial before the Brussels Assize Court for commission genocide and war crimes in Rwanda in 1994. The accused has for the first time admitted Rutaganda's commission of genocide.

9 April 2024: Yesterday the French NGO Survie filed a complaint before the Paris Judicial Court for commission of war crimes against three French nationals, who were killed in the early days of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. 

8 April 2024: On Friday a 91-year-old retired Guatemalan armed forces chief was accused of genocide against the Ixil Mayan people between 1978 – 1982, during his brother's presidency.  

5 April 2024: On Wednesday, the Prosecutor of the Higher Court of Belgrade suggested the imprisonment of nine former Yugoslav Army soldiers for complicity in war crimes during the Kosovo war in 1999.

New cases, briefs and videos

(For older announcements, please visit our announcements archive.)

NEW CASE: The Al Mahdi Case before the International Criminal Court (Trial Chamber VIII, September 2016) has just been updated and is now available online. This latest addition sheds light on the destruction of cultural heritage during armed conflict. The Trial Chamber VIII case can be accessed here.

NEW CASE: The Bemba Case before the International Criminal Court (Trial Chamber III, March 2016) has just been updated and is now available online. This latest addition sheds light on war crimes, crimes against humanity and command responsibility. The Trial Chamber III case can be accessed here.

NEW CASE: Case analysis of the First Instance and the Appeals Judgment in the Ahmad al-Y case (the Hague District Court, April 2021 and the Hague Court of Appeal, December 2022) is now available online. This latest addition sheds light on terrorist organizations and war crimes. They can be accessed here and here accordingly.

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.