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Rights group praises Serbia war crimes court rape conviction

Sep. 20, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian court has sentenced a former special police member to eight years in prison for raping a Bosniak woman during the 1992-95 war, in what has been described as a rare efficient war crimes trial in the Balkan country. The Higher Court in Belgrade on Thursday convicted Nikola...

Rival UN resolutions on Syria cease-fire go down to defeat

Sep. 19, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Rival humanitarian resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib were defeated in the Security Council Thursday, reflecting the deep divisions that have prevented the U.N.'s most powerful body from taking action to end the eight-year Syrian conflict....

ICC pretrial hearing starts in Central African Republic case

Sep. 19, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors urged International Criminal Court judges Thursday to put on trial two alleged leaders of a predominantly Christian militia involved in a bitter conflict with Muslim forces in Central African Republic, saying they armed and incited members to attack Muslim...

UN faces rival cease-fire resolutions in Syrian rebel area

Sep. 19, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is facing rival resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib, "to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian situation." Germany, Belgium and Kuwait finalized their text Wednesday afternoon and...

Congo's army says it kills militia leader wanted by the ICC

Sep. 18, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's army has killed the commander of the Rwandan Hutu militia group FDLR who had been wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, a spokesman said Wednesday. Gen. Sylvestre Mudacumura was gunned down overnight in Rutshuru territory in North Kivu province,...

ICC judges authorize appeal against Afghanistan rejection

Sep. 17, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges said Tuesday that the court's prosecutor can appeal against the rejection of her request to open an investigation into crimes linked to the long-running conflict in Afghanistan. In April, a panel of judges rejected the proposed...

UN expert: Suu Kyi's role in Rohingya abuses still unclear

Sep. 17, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top U.N. investigator said Tuesday "it's still an open-ended question" about how much Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be implicated in human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims. Marzuki Darusman said it was "probably the case" that Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace prize laureate, may not...

Palestinian sues Israeli military commanders for war crimes

Sep. 17, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Pitching his case as a David-versus-Goliath fight, a Dutch-Palestinian man went to court in the Netherlands Tuesday seeking damages from two former Israeli military commanders for their roles in a 2014 airstrike on a Gaza house that killed six members of his family. One of the...

ICC prosecutor appeals acquittal of ex-Ivory Coast president

Sep. 16, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court prosecutors have appealed against the acquittal of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and a youth minister on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence. Judges acquitted Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude in January after ruling...

UN mission accuses accountability for Myanmar 'genocide'

Sep. 16, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A special U.N. fact-finding mission has urged that Myanmar be held responsible in international legal forums for alleged genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority. The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar said in a report Monday wrapping up two years of documentation...