Latest War crimes News

Russia brands Ukrainian steel plant defenders terrorists

Aug. 02, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s Supreme Court declared Ukraine’s Azov Regiment a terrorist organization Tuesday, a move that could lead to terror charges against some of the captured fighters who made their last stand inside Mariupol's shattered steel plant. Russia and its...

US judge rules against Libya's Hifter in war crimes suits

Jul. 30, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has entered a default judgment against a Libyan military commander after he repeatedly failed to show up for depositions in a federal lawsuit in which he is accused of war crimes. The exact amount of the judgment against Khalifa Hifter, who...

Ukrainian court lowers Russian soldier's war crimes sentence

Jul. 29, 2022 06:30 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An appeals court in Kyiv on Friday reduced to 15 years the life sentence of a Russian soldier convicted in the first war crimes trial since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. The trial has been closely watched as an early test of whether it’s possible to...

PBS series, AP detail toll of Russian invasion of Ukraine

Jul. 28, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two documentaries detailing the punishing effects of Russia's war on Ukraine will air on PBS' “Frontline” investigative series. The specials are part of an extensive collaboration between the series and The Associated Press that includes gathering, verifying...

ICC unseals warrant for Central African Republic ex-minister

Jul. 28, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court unsealed an arrest warrant Thursday for a former government minister in Central African Republic for crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed during sectarian hostilities in 2013. Prosecutors at the...

Ukraine pushes to try alleged war crimes as fighting rages

Jul. 25, 2022 22:16 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The appeal of Ukraine’s first war crimes conviction was adjourned on Monday, as prosecutors keep pushing to hold Russia legally accountable for atrocities even as fighting rages in the south and east of the country. Thin and subdued, Vadim Shishimarin, a...

Group seeks ex-Sri Lankan president's arrest in Singapore

Jul. 24, 2022 21:18 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A human rights group said Sunday it had filed a criminal complaint with Singapore’s attorney general to seek the arrest of Sri Lanka’s former president for alleged war crimes during his country’s civil war. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was ousted from office...

Albania asks human rights body to cancel stolen organ claims

Jul. 22, 2022 07:35 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian Parliament has asked Europe's top human rights body to rescind a 2011 resolution that cited since-unsubstantiated allegations of human organ harvesting during the 1990s war in Kosovo. The parliament voted 125-0 late Thursday in favor of a motion...

A new Libyan force emerges, accused of abusing migrants

Jul. 22, 2022 02:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Moroccan man had been stopped before at sea in his multiple attempts to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe. But his most recent time was different. The Libyan force that intercepted the boat full of some 50 migrants was more brutal. The armed men beat and...

Iran recalls ambassador to Sweden over court decision

Jul. 21, 2022 06:29 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s state TV said Thursday the country’s foreign ministry recalled its ambassador from Sweden after an Iranian citizen was sentenced to life by a Swedish court for committing war crimes and murder during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. The...