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Justice has no Borders

Our President visited Mr. Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner to exchange points of view and offer the collaboration of the ICB, now that we are preparing to become members of ECOSOC.

 

 

We wish to share with you the visit of our President to The Hague.

Mr. Imbroda returned to the city to hold meetings with the President of the ICC, Mrs. Fernández de Gurmendi as well as with Mr. Sergio Gerardo Ugalde Gordínez, ambassador of Costa Rica in The Hague and Vice-president of the ASP. This was a very fruitful encounter for the ICB. 

To get started, I would like to show my condolences and anger, by the facts occurred in the month of April in Syria, the Government of Bashar Al-Assad with the military and logistical support from Russia and say that they are attributed or be condemned as war crimes according to the art.8 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (the Court will have jurisdiction over war crimes in particular when committed as part of a plan or policy as part of the Commission on a large scale of such crimes. classifying it as war crimes, to employ poison or poisoned weapons, as well as the use of Asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, or any liquid, material or analog device.), this article adopts the rules of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions. 

Article by Samiha Belhak Karim, Vice-President of the BPI-ICB-CAPI

Published on April 5th 2017 in the newspaper La Luz de Melilla.

Background: The Thule society is synonymous with esotericism pillar of the NAZI party (National Socialist German), formed by the deadliest criminal leaders of the Third Reich.

Its headquarters is the WEWELSBURG Castle, located in Germany a "magic" point amidst mountain ranges and forests of fir trees. This castle has the triangular shape, way to channel the energy of the universe, according to the criterion of its founder, whose main objective was to vindicate the origins of the breed Aria "as a superior race", condemning according to them as inferior race the "Jewish".

We wish to share with you the visit of our President to The Hague.

Mr. Imbroda returned to the city to hold meetings with the President of the ICC, Mrs. Fernández de Gurmendi as well as with Mr. Sergio Gerardo Ugalde Gordínez, ambassador of Costa Rica in The Hague and Vice-president of the ASP. This was a very fruitful encounter for the ICB. 

On Thursday 15 June 2017, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") delivered in a public hearing its judgment rejecting the appeal of Mr Ntaganda against the decision of Trial Chamber VI which found that it has jurisdiction over counts 6 and 9 (alleged war crimes of rape and sexual slavery of child soldiers).

On May 19th we had the pleasure to held the debate conference “What do lawyers expect from the ICC?”. It was conducted by Mr. Esteban Peralta, Chef of Counsel Support Section in the International Criminal Court and Mrs. Dignité Bwiza, Coordinator of Africa for the ICB. The event was held at the Orde van Advocaten in The Hague.

 

Works of the fifth session of member states have been inaugurated in Hague on Wednesday, morning, 16th November 2016.

Head of the session has delivered speech as well as Prince Zaid Bin Raad, the higher delegate of the United Nations for Human Rights in Geneva, President of the Court Silvia Gormandi and General Prosecutor of the Court Judge/ Vatu Bensoda in the opening session. The following are the main matters discussed in the session:

Today, the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia acquitted of the 9 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity attributed to him by the events in the Balkan War.

The sentence, with their respective acquittal comes 13 years after they surrender voluntarily and to grant him permission to return to Belgrade for treatment for an illness.

According to the judges, the prosecution has failed to prove the relationship between the crimes committed, and the speeches of Mr. Seselj. In actual words, he was not the ideologue of ethnic cleansing, in fact, his speeches are harangues words, in any case isn't considered a call to murder.

 

Today’s guilty verdict handed down by a UN Court in The Hague against former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadžić for genocide and other crimes under international law marks a major step towards justice for victims of the armed conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found Karadžić guilty on one count of genocide, five counts of crimes against humanity and four counts of war crimes for his role in the armed conflict, both for his individual responsibility and as part of a joint criminal enterprise.

He was sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment. His lawyers have said they will appeal.

The Court convicted Karadžić of genocide in relation to the massacre in Srebrenica, where more than 7,000 Bosnian men and boys were killed. It also found him responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes including the torture, rape and killing in detention of thousands, perpetrated with the intent to systematically remove the Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat populations in territories claimed by Bosnian Serbs.

The court found that his role in the siege of Sarajevo was so instrumental that without his support it would not have occurred. It held that the whole population of Sarajevo was terrorized and lived in extreme fear, facing indiscriminate attacks between 1992 and 1995.

He was acquitted of one count of genocide in relation to crimes committed against both Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats in seven municipalities in 1992.

Karadžić held several of the highest positions in the Bosnian-Serb leadership during the three-year war in which his forces were pitted against Bosnian-Muslim and Bosnian-Croat forces, commanding operations against both military forces and the civilian population.

While the death toll from the Bosnian War stands at 100,000, including some 38,000 civilian victims, fewer than 1,000 war crimes cases have been investigated and prosecuted at the state level.

The fate of thousands has still not been revealed. Amnesty International urges authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina to commit truly to resolving the 8,000 outstanding cases of enforced disappearances from the war, and to provide access to truth, justice and reparation for the families.

Since it was established in 1993, the ICTY has indicted 161 persons for crimes under international law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia. Proceedings have been concluded in the cases of 149 accused, including seven individuals convicted of genocide at Srebrenica. There are still ongoing cases against 12 individuals, including a genocide case against former Bosnian-Serb military leader Ratko Mladić.

 

The Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) reported today that it will release the verdict in the trial that followed against former Bosnian-Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during the war of Bosnia (1992-1995).

We attach the interview with Jordi Palou-Loverdos, a member of BPI-ICB ICB published in the Diari Ara.

Jordi Palou-Loverdos: "The UN has sought to judge and condemn the losers"

Defense lawyer for eight Spanish families victims of violence in Rwanda.

Barcelona lawyer Jordi Palou-Loverdos trying for years to families victims killed in the savage violence Rwandan find and receive justice, but as crimes committed in 1997 and 2000 have had no place in the jurisdiction of International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and legislative change in Spain makes it difficult moment can prosecute those responsible, quoting the principles of international justice.

Coalition for the International Criminal Court

4Th International Meeting Of Defence Offices

25 & 26 November 2016 London, United Kingdom

SUMMARY REPORT

 

Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Dear Madam, Sir,

The Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon thank you again for your participation in the Fourth International Meetings of Defence Offices which were held in London, on 25th and 26th of November 2016.

Please find attached the Summary report of the Meetings in French, English and Arabic. 

You will also find attached the questionnaire on Defence Investigations, which we thank you for completing in the language of your choice, and sending back to us, if you have not already done so. As Johann said during the Meetings,your answers will be very useful in that they will illustrate the Guide to Investigations with concrete examples from you experience.

Thank you again for your participation and we hope to see you again in Nuremberg for the Fifth Meetings in 2017.

Kind regards,