war crimes

Iraqi Kurds’ Destruction of Arab Villages Could Be War Crime – HRW

ERBIL, Iraq, Nov 13 – Iraq’s Kurdish security forces have unlawfully destroyed Arab homes and villages in northern Iraq over the past two years in what may amount to a war crime, rights group Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. Kurdish peshmerga fighters are part of a 100,000-strong Iraqi alliance, backed by U.S.-led air strikes

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Islamist Rebel Gets Nine Years Imprisonment for Timbuktu Destruction

By Stephanie van den Berg THE HAGUE, Sept 27 – War crimes judges on Tuesday sentenced a former Islamist rebel who admitted wrecking holy shrines during Mali’s 2012 conflict to nine years in prison, in the first such case to focus on destruction of cultural heritage. Human rights groups and international legal experts hope Ahmad

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U.N. War Crimes Panel on Syria Seeks Access to Refugees in Europe

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 19 – U.N. war crimes investigators on Monday called on European countries to let them interview more newly-arrived Syrian refugees to document fresh violations, saying it had become increasingly difficult. The panel, set up five years ago, says it has compiled a confidential list of suspects on all sides of

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Powers Must Push for Political Solution in Syria: UN

GENEVA, June 21 – United Nations war crimes investigators called on world powers on Tuesday to pressure the warring sides in Syria to return to the negotiating table to end the conflict and civilian suffering. Paulo Pinheiro, chair of the U.N. independent commission of inquiry on Syria, said that the Syrian government was conducting daily

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Middle East Refugees Help Europe Prosecute War Crimes

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE, May 27 – European authorities are seeking testimony from some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing Middle East violence as they try to build war crimes cases linked to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. As witnesses to atrocities, they are invaluable to prosecutors preparing trials in European

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U.N. Investigators Tell States To Stop Syria War Crimes

GENEVA, May 11 – States backing Syria’s peace process must stop the warring parties from attacking unlawful targets such as hospitals and other civilian sites, U.N. war crimes investigators said in a statement on Wednesday. Air strikes, shelling and rocket fire had been consistently used in recent attacks on civilian areas, the U.N. Commission of

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Bangladesh Hangs Islamist Leader for Rape and Genocide in 1971 War

By Ruma Paul DHAKA, May 11 – Bangladesh hanged Islamist party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami on Wednesday for genocide and other crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, the law minister said, risking an angry reaction from his supporters. Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at Dhaka Central jail just after midnight,

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Bangladesh Opposition Leaders to Hang for War Crimes

DHAKA, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected final appeals from two opposition leaders against death sentences for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence, rulings that are likely to spark protests by their supporters. Muslim-majority Bangladesh has seen a rise in Islamist violence in recent months, with two foreigners and four secular writers

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