Posted by alejandro on 12th February 2014
(Madrid) – Lawmakers from Spain’s Popular Party are fast-tracking a bill that would limit Spanish courts’ ability to investigate and prosecute serious crimes under international law. The new proposal to reform the country’s universal jurisdiction laws would put Spain in breach of its international obligations and offer the prospect of impunity to many responsible for serious crimes.
The Popular Party seeks to justify the proposed changes by alleging that the country’s current universal jurisdiction laws are being overused or misused.If enacted, however, the proposed bill would close the doors of Spanish …
Posted by Rueters on 12th February 2014
(Reuters) - The International Criminal Court will open a preliminary examination into crimes allegedly committed during the conflict in the Central African Republic, the court’s prosecutor said in a statement on Friday.
“The plight of civilians in CAR since September 2012 has gone from bad to worse,” said prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in a statement, adding that some victims of crimes, which included alleged killings and acts of rape and sexual slavery, appeared to have been singled out on religious grounds.
The court has had a separate investigation under way in the …
Posted by Thomas Escritt on 12th February 2014
THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court is to decide whether to suspend its trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta because of a lack of cooperation by Kenyan authorities.
Judges said they would hold a hearing in the coming weeks on a possible reprimand for Kenya after prosecutors told the court on Wednesday that “pure obstructionism” was wrecking any chance of pursuing Kenyatta on charges that he orchestrated post-election violence six years ago.
The case is a test of the authority and credibility of the Western-backed court, which has seen …
Posted by LIZZIE DEARDEN on 12th February 2014
The International Criminal Court has started an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic.
The announcement came on Friday as thousands of Muslims fled Bangui, the capital, in a convoy of 500 vehicles guarded by soldiers from neighbouring Chad.
One man who fell from a truck was reportedly killed and his body mutilated, highlighting the savagery faced by those who stayed behind.
Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor for the ICC, said the situation for civilians in the country has “gone from bad to worse” since …