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Rape and sexual violence in Sudan's ongoing conflict may amount to war crimes, a new UN report says

Feb. 23, 2024 05:19 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office said in a new report Friday that scores of people, including children, have been subjected to rape and other forms of sexual violence in the ongoinng conflict in Sudan, assaults that may amount to war crimes. Sudan plunged into chaos in...

At least 60 civilians were killed in Burkina Faso last year in military drone strikes, watchdog says

Jan. 25, 2024 10:41 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Human Rights Watch said Thursday that Burkina Faso’s security forces last year killed at least 60 civilians in three different drone strikes, which the group says may have constituted war crimes. The West African nation’s government claimed the strikes...

Dutch court convicts pro-Syrian government militia member of illegally detaining, torturing civilian

Jan. 22, 2024 10:13 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court convicted Monday a former high-ranking member of a pro-Syrian government militia of illegal detention and complicity in torture, sentencing him to 12 years in prison. The defendant, identified only as Mustafa A. in line with Dutch privacy...

Myanmar's military should be investigated for war crimes, Amnesty International says

Dec. 21, 2023 10:06 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The human rights group Amnesty International on Thursday accused the Myanmar military of indiscriminate killings, detaining civilians, and using air-dropped cluster munitions in response to an insurgency in the northeast and west, and demanded an investigation into...

Finland seeks jailing, probe of Russian man wanted in Ukraine over alleged war crimes in 2014-2015

Dec. 17, 2023 12:23 PM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish police on Sunday sought a court order to imprison a Russian man who had been living under an alias in the Nordic country and is accused of committing war crimes against wounded or surrendered soldiers in eastern Ukraine in 2014 and 2015. Yan Petrovsky, who...

War crimes court upholds the conviction of a former Kosovo Liberation Army commander

Dec. 14, 2023 09:59 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Appeals judges at a special Kosovo court upheld Thursday the convictions of a former commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army for arbitrarily detaining and torturing prisoners and murdering one of them during Kosovo’s war for independence, but reduced his sentence...

A British Palestinian surgeon gave testimony to a UK war crimes unit after returning from Gaza

Dec. 09, 2023 16:56 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A British Palestinian surgeon who spent weeks in the Gaza Strip during the current Israel-Hamas war as part of a Doctors Without Borders medical team said he has given testimony to a British war crimes investigation unit. Ghassan Abu Sitta, a plastic surgeon...

Rights groups say Israeli strikes on journalists in Lebanon were likely deliberate

Dec. 07, 2023 08:28 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Two Israeli strikes that killed a Reuters videographer and wounded six other journalists in south Lebanon nearly two months ago were apparently deliberate and a direct attack on civilians, two international human rights groups said Thursday. Amnesty International and...

US files war crime charges against Russians accused of torturing an American in the Ukraine invasion

Dec. 06, 2023 13:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Russian men accused of torturing an American during the invasion of Ukraine have been charged with war crimes in a first-of-its-kind case, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. It is the first prosecution against members of the Russian armed forces...

Justice Department files war crime charges against 4 Russians accused of torturing an American in the Ukraine invasion

Dec. 06, 2023 10:18 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department files war crime charges against 4 Russians accused of torturing an American in the Ukraine invasion.