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Chad's ex-dictator granted home arrest amid virus threat

Apr. 7, 2020 6:14 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre has been granted 60 days of home arrest by Senegal’s justice ministry because of the threat of COVID-19 in the prison where he is serving a life sentence. Habre, 78, is at greater risk because of the large number of arrested people taken to...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018 file photo, an armed Saudi soldier holds a walkie-talkie near Mukalla, Yemen, at an airport now serving as a military base for the United Arab Emirates. In a new report released Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia of committing grave abuses against civilians in an eastern province of Yemen over the past year, including torture, forced disappearances and detention. The New York-based watchdog presented chilling testimony from former detainees in Yemen’s remote eastern province of al-Mahrah, which borders Saudi Arabia and Oman. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Human rights group accuses Saudi forces in Yemen of abuses

Mar. 25, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Saudi military forces have committed grave abuses against civilians in an eastern province of Yemen over the past year, including torture, forced disappearances and arbitrary detention, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday. The New York-based watchdog presented chilling...

Missouri man faces extradition to Bosnia on war crime charge

Mar. 23, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge has approved the extradition of a St. Louis County man to Bosnia, where he faces a war crime charge for allegedly raping a female prisoner. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Cohen's order on Friday won't result in Adem Kostjerevac's...

A 50-year old Sierra Leone man suspected of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity from 1999 through 2003 during Liberia's civil war, hides his face at the custody hearing at the Pirkanmaa District Court in Tampere, Finland, on Thursday March 12, 2020. The accused man is not publicly named, facing accusations of several murders, gross human rights abuses in exceptional circumstances, aggravated war crimes and an aggravated rape. (Mika Kanerva/Lehtikuva via AP)

Finland jails Sierra Leone man in Liberia war crimes case

Mar. 12, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A Finnish court has jailed in a custody hearing a 50-year-old Sierra Leone man suspected of committing serious war crimes and crimes against humanity from 1999 through 2003 during Liberia's bloody second civil war. The man is suspected of several murders, gross human rights abuses in...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 file photo, Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic enters the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial. International judges on Wednesday March 11, 2020, postponed an appeal hearing for former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic against his convictions on charges including genocide because Mladic is due to undergo surgery. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)

Mladic appeal hearing postponed due to scheduled surgery

Mar. 11, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International judges on Wednesday postponed an appeal hearing for former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic against his convictions on charges including genocide because Mladic is due to undergo surgery. The hearing had been scheduled for March 17-18 at the International...

Kosovo Serb charged with crimes from 1998-1999 war

Mar. 6, 2020 7:58 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Friday issued war crimes charges against an ethnic Serb, accusing him of torturing, deporting and raping ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war. A statement from the Special Prosecutor’s office said the man, identified as Z.V., was a member of the Serb...

-FILE- In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 file image the International Criminal Court, or ICC, is seen in The Hague, Netherlands. Judges are set to deliver their decision Thursday March 5 2020, on an appeal by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court against a decision rejecting an investigation into atrocities committed by all sides in the Afghanistan conflict, including U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

International court approves Afghanistan investigation

Mar. 5, 2020 1:23 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges authorized a far-reaching investigation Thursday of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed by Afghan government forces, the Taliban, American troops and U.S. foreign intelligence operatives. The appellate ruling marked...

US deports former Guatemalan soldier wanted in 1982 massacre

Mar. 3, 2020 6:38 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A former Guatemalan sergeant who acknowledged participating in a massacre in 1982 during the country's civil war was deported Tuesday by U.S. authorities. Gilberto Jordan, 64, is the third former Guatemalan soldier to be deported to face war crime charges for that massacre, said the...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019 file photo, candles are lit on the graves of people killed during Syrian war, in the town of Qamishli, north Syria. Investigators for the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council said on Monday, March 2, 2020, that they had found evidence of war crimes in Syria committed by nearly all sides in the conflict during the second half of last year and into January. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad, File)

Report: War crimes committed by almost all sides in Syria

Mar. 2, 2020 8:42 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Investigators for the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council said on Monday that they had found evidence of war crimes in Syria committed by nearly all sides in the conflict during the second half of last year and into January. The investigators turned up war crimes by Russian forces, Syrian...

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, accompanied by members of the armed forces, speaks to his supporters outside Congress in San Salvador, El Salvador, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Bukele has called on supporters to converge around the country's parliament after legislators refused to gather to vote on a $109 million loan to better equip the country's security forces. Top commanders of the country's police and military have expressed allegiance to the president during the standoff, while positioning security forces around the legislative building. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador reconciliation law vetoed over impunity fears

Feb. 29, 2020 12:05 AM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — President Nayib Bukele said Friday he has vetoed a national reconciliation bill approved earlier this week by lawmakers, arguing that it would result in impunity for crimes against humanity from El Salvador’s 1980-1992 civil war. In a news conference at the...