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8 stories found over the past 45 days
Disarming armed groups, civilian protection crucial for Central African Republic – UN expert

22 June 2016 – Concluding her seventh visit in the country, Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic (CAR), expressed concern about the threats from armed groups and large-scale banditry to the protection of civilians, natural resources and to the crisis recovery process.


ICC sentences former Congolese vice-president Bemba to 18 years in prison for war crimes

21 June 2016 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) today sentenced the former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to 18 years of imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003.


On World Day, Ban declares era of impunity 'over' for sexual violence in war

19 June 2016 – Marking the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the era of impunity for sexual violence as a tool of war is over, citing a host of landmark rulings against political and military leaders.


UN human rights panel concludes ISIL is committing genocide against Yazidis

16 June 2016 – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) [also known as ISIL and Da'esh] is committing genocide against Yazidis that amounts to crimes against humanity and war crimes, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry reported today.


UNESCO and ICC join forces to end impunity for destruction of cultural heritage

14 June 2016 – The United Nations cultural agency and International Criminal Court (ICC) are working together in the fight against impunity for deliberate destruction of cultural heritage, which could constitute a war crime.


Justice for crimes committed in Darfur must not be sacrificed – ICC Prosecutor

09 June 2016 – More than a decade has passed since the situation in Darfur, Sudan, was referred to her Office, yet the victims' quest for justice is still far from being realized and they continue to be subjected to grave crimes and suffering, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the United Nations Security Council today.


Crimes against humanity committed in Eritrea, warns UN group

08 June 2016 – Officials in Eritrea have committed crimes against humanity, including enslavement, rape and torture, across the country over the past 25 years, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea.


Justice and accountability ‘critical components’ for lasting peace in Libya – ICC Prosecutor

26 May 2016 – Justice, accountability and the deterrent effects of the law remain “critical components” for achieving lasting peace in Libya, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the United Nations Security Council today, encouraging the country’s Government to give priority to devising effective plans and strategies to address atrocity crimes, and to invest in the relevant national institutions responsible for such work.