UN agrees to set up panel for Syria war crimes cases

UN agrees to set up panel for Syria war crimes cases

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday agreed to set up a panel to gather evidence on war crimes in Syria, taking a first step toward prosecuting those responsible for atrocities in the nearly six-year war. A resolution on establishing the investigative mechanism was adopted in the 193-nation assembly by a vote of 105 to 15, […]

US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan, says ICC

US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan, says ICC

US forces may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan through the “cruel or violent” interrogation of detainees, mostly between 2003-2004, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday. Unveiling the results of a lengthy initial probe into atrocities committed in Afghanistan, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the Taliban militia, Afghan government forces and US […]

Risk of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ in Burundi, UN investigators warn

Risk of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ in Burundi, UN investigators warn

Burundi’s government is behind systematic human rights violations, including executions and torture, UN investigators said Tuesday, warning of possible crimes against humanity and the looming risk of “genocide”. Three experts commissioned by the UN human rights office recommend the establishment of a commission of inquiry after examining abuses over 14 months through June 30. Violence […]

Turkey transgender activist’s death highlights rise in hate crimes

Turkey transgender activist’s death highlights rise in hate crimes

A widespread crackdown on dissent is fuelling tension across Turkey, which has seen a rise in hate crimes against minorities – including a recently reported attack against a well-known transgender activist in Istanbul. Turkey’s Daily Sabah reported that the badly burnt and mutilated body of Hande Kader, a 22-year-old LGBT activist and sex worker, was […]

Eritrean leaders committing crimes against humanity, says UN

Eritrean leaders committing crimes against humanity, says UN

Eritrea’s government is guilty of committing crimes against humanity since independence a quarter-century ago with up to 400,000 people “enslaved”, and should face international justice, the UN said Wednesday. The United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on human rights said the government of President Isaias Afwerki, in power since 1991, was guilty of systematic enslavement, […]

Chad’s ex-dictator Habré sentenced to life in prison for war crimes

Chad’s ex-dictator Habré sentenced to life in prison for war crimes

A Senegalese court on Monday sentenced former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré to life in prison for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during his brutal 1982-1990 rule. In a historic ruling marking an end to a decades-long quest for justice, a court in Senegal found Habré guilty of rape, torture, summary executions, abductions and […]