Yesterday took place at the Bar Association of Barcelona the conference organized by the ICB, of the former President Mrs. Dilma Rousseff "Brazil: State of exception and threatened democracy", moderated by the Secretary General of the ICB, Mrs. Erika Torregrossa and presented by the president emeritus of the ICB, Mr. Luis del Castillo Aragón.

 

New year, new member cards of the BPI.

Since the election of the new President Blas J. Imbroda in Valencia, the BPI has worked hard to consolidate and occupy space that we must never lose. The work, effort and struggle of the legal profession in the world for International Criminal Justice, the defense and the values ​​and principles on which it is based form the fight to achieve respect for human rights.

The fundamental objective of the legal profession is the defense of the fundamental rights and freedoms and the dignity of the people, among which is the effective equality between men and women.

Historically, the struggle of the advocacy has been the struggle for rights and equality. There cannot be a democratic society in which women are discriminated, or in which equality is not totally effective. It is unacceptable to be a part of a society in which you receive a lower salary for the fact of being a woman. A society that prefers to have men instead of women in positions of responsibility, a society that hinders the fact of being a mother or a society in which women are mistreated. Ultimately, we cannot and should not admit, under any circumstances, a society in which women are treated differently, are undervalued and are discriminated against for the fact of being a woman. This has been and remains a claim and a historical struggle of the legal profession.

A message of Ms Dignité Bwiza for the Celebration of the International Women’s Day 2018

This Year’s theme for the celebration of the International Women’s Day is “the Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. We celebrate, for the 23 rd time, the Beijing declaration and the tremendous positive impact it brought in the lives of women worldwide. Subsequent to the Beijing conference, laws and policies all over the world were reviewed to provide stronger protection to women against sexual and gender based violence.

Yesterday, 17 April 2018, Mr Peter Lewis sworn in as Registrar of the International Criminal Court (ICC) during a public ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji presided over the session and the President of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), Mr O-Gon Kwon, served as witness to the solemn undertaking.

The Malian Coalition for the International Criminal Court (M-CICC), in accordance with its mandate to fight against impunity, welcomes the bold action of the Malian authorities, and congratulates them for having surrendered Mr. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud to the ICC for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in 2012 and 2013 in Timbuktu, Mali.

On 11 March 2018, the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), sitting in a plenary session, elected Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji (Nigeria) as President of the Court for a three-year term with immediate effect. Judge Robert Fremr (Czech Republic) was elected First Vice-President and Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut (France) Second Vice-President.

The complaint is reaffirmed with an agile and rapid response from the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, which unfortunately are being committed every day in Venezuela. This will fulfill one of its purposes, that the authors of the most execrable crimes that constitute a threat to the peace, security and well-being of humanity, will not go unpunished.

Blas J. Imbroda, president of the International Criminal Bar, joined the initiative of the former Attorney General of Venezuela to get the Criminal Court of The Hague to judge the president and several Chavez soldiers for crimes against humanity. The jurist, who chairs one of the most important lawyers' organizations in the world, is an expert in Criminal Law and International Criminal Law and professor at the Universities of Melilla and Isabel I.

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

MASTER

The ICB wishes to inform you of the Official Announcement of the Master on International Criminal Justice created with the Rovira i Virgili University

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,