News from the International Courts

Posted on June 27, 2011. Filed under: ICC, Rwanda |

Just moments ago, the international news feeds picked up the announcement that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued three warrants of arrest, “respectively for Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi for crimes against humanity (murder and persecution) allegedly committed across Libya from 15 February 2011 until at least 28 February 2011, through the State apparatus and Security Forces.” (full details here) I have just noted that the ICC also is on Twitter @IntlCrimCourt, if you are interested in up-to-date information as it is released.

Also, last week the United Nations announced that the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has found Pauline Nyiramasuhuko guilty of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity (extermination, rape and persecution) and several serious violations of the Geneva conventions. According to the report, Nyiramasuhuko is the first woman ever charged with genocide by an international court, and has been “sentenced to life in prison by the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the mass killings in Rwanda in 1994.” (full report here)

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