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Dominic Ongwen makes first appearance before the ICC PDF Print E-mail
COURTS - INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 21:59

On 26 January 2015, Dominic Ongwen appeared before the Single Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, at the seat of the ICC in The Hague (The Netherlands). The Single Judge provisionally set the date of the beginning of the confirmation of charges hearing in respect of Dominic Ongwen for 24 August 2015.

The hearing was held in the presence of the Prosecutor and the Defence. Dominic Ongwen was represented by his Duty Counsel, Hélène Cisse. The Single Judge verified the identity of the suspect, and ensured that he was clearly informed of the charges brought against him and of his rights under the Rome Statute of the ICC in a language he fully understands and speaks, Mr Ongwen's native Acholi.

The Chamber will soon issue a set of decisions regarding disclosure of evidence, redactions and victims' participation in the proceedings. The beginning of the confirmation of charges hearing was provisionally set for 24 August 2015.

The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the person committed each of the crimes charged. If the charges are confirmed, the case will be transferred to a Trial Chamber, which will conduct the subsequent phase of the proceedings: the trial.

Background: Dominic Ongwen was the alleged Brigade Commander of the Sinia Brigade of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). On 8 July 2005, ICC Judges issued an arrest warrant against Mr Ongwen for three counts of crimes against humanity (murder; enslavement; inhumane acts of inflicting serious bodily injury and suffering) and four counts of war crimes (murder; cruel treatment of civilians; intentionally directing an attack against a civilian population; pillaging) allegedly committed in 2004 within the context of the situation in Uganda.

 
Initial appearance of Dominic Ongwen scheduled for 26 January 2015 PDF Print E-mail
COURTS - INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
Saturday, 24 January 2015 14:59

The initial appearance of Dominic Ongwen before the single Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, is scheduled for Monday, 26 January 2015, at 14:00 (The Hague local time). Dominic Ongwen was transferred to the ICC on 20 January 2015 following an arrest warrant issued by the Court on 8 July 2005 for crimes against humanity and war crimes.

During the initial appearance hearing, the single Judge will verify the identity of the suspect and the language in which he is able to follow the proceedings. He will be informed of the charges against him.

Background

Dominic Ongwen was the alleged Brigade Commander of the Sinia Brigade of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). On 8 July 2005, ICC Judges issued an arrest warrant against Mr Ongwen for three counts of crimes against humanity (murder; enslavement; inhumane acts of inflicting serious bodily injury and suffering) and four counts of war crimes (murder; cruel treatment of civilians; intentionally directing an attack against a civilian population; pillaging) allegedly committed in 2004 within the context of the situation in Uganda.

 
Lawyers Without Defense. Erika Torregrossa Acuña PDF Print E-mail
DOCUMENTS - Newsletters
Friday, 23 January 2015 11:42

No podría olvidar de dónde vengo,  ni quién soy,  cuando se habla de los abogados amenazados de muerte en todo el mundo.  Además de ser abogada penalista, he visto en mi familia cómo este apasionante oficio se ha convertido en una soga al cuello para quien lo ejerce, y a la vez, cree en los derechos humanos. En mi ascendencia hubo un abogado, que llevaba el mismo apellido que yo, asesinado por defender los derechos fundamentales.

Este artículo lo dedico a los abogados colombianos, con ocasión del Día del Abogado Amenazado,  que la Asociación Europea de Abogados por la Democracia celebra el próximo viernes 23 de enero. A pesar de que este año la conmemoración internacional está dedicada a los abogados filipinos, sigo llevando en el corazón la angustia de aquellos profesionales que arriesgan la vida en mi país de origen.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 11:49
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Palestine joins ICC PDF Print E-mail
COURTS - INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:25

Palestine joins ICC: Ending impunity key to lasting peace.

Palestine’s accession to the ICC Rome Statute last week is a crucial step towards accountability for grave crimes in the region and a peaceful resolution of one of the world’s longest running conflicts.

After depositing the instruments of accession with the UN Secretary General on 2 January, Palestine will become the 123rd state to join the world’s only permanent international court capable of trying individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:35
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Tribunal extends agreement on Detention Facilities and Services with The Netherlands PDF Print E-mail
COURTS - THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA
Thursday, 15 January 2015 21:32

The Tribunal’s Registrar John Hocking and the General Director of the Custodial Institutions Agency of The Netherlands, Peter Hennephof, today signed an extension of the Agreement on Detention Facilities and Services between the United Nations and the State of The Netherlands.

Through this Agreement, The Netherlands will continue to provide the Tribunal with the detention facilities and services necessary to house all persons detained on the authority of the Tribunal and The Hague branch of the Mechanism.

The Agreement is effective from 1 January to 31 December 2015 and allows for a further extension until the end of 2017. It covers important matters such as the provision of medical services to Tribunal detainees, the management and maintenance of the United Nations Detention Unit (UNDU) and the costs of detention. The Agreement is vital in allowing the Tribunal to fulfil its mandate as it ensures that the conditions in which the detainees are housed meet the highest international standards.

 
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