Schema-Root.org logo

 

  cross-referenced news and research resources about

 war crimes

A war crime is an act that constitutes a serious violation of the laws of war that gives rise to individual criminal responsibility. Examples of war crimes include intentionally killing civilians or prisoners, torture, destroying civilian property, taking hostages, perfidy, rape, using child soldiers, pillaging, declaring that no quarter will be given, and serious violations of the principles of distinction and proportionality, such as strategic bombing of civilian populations.


The concept of war crimes emerged at the turn of the twentieth century when the body of customary international law applicable to warfare between sovereign states was codified. Such codification occurred at the national level, such as with the publication of the Lieber Code in the United States, and at the international level with the adoption of the treaties during the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907. Moreover, trials in national courts during this period further helped clarify the law. Following the end of World War II, major developments in the law occurred. Numerous trials of Axis war criminals established the Nuremberg principles, such as notion that war crimes constituted crimes defined by international law. Additionally, the Geneva Conventions in 1949 defined new war crimes and established that states could exercise universal jurisdiction over such crimes. In the late 20th century and early 21st century, following the creation of several international courts, additional categories of war crimes applicable to armed conflicts other than those between states, such as civil wars, were defined.

dead children in Gaza
images:  google   yahoo YouTube
spacer

updated Sun. April 1, 2018

-
Rathis is a witness in the war crime case filed against Jammat-e-Islami Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam. He is also a public prosecutor for the murders of Japanese national Kunio Hoshi and shrine caretaker Rahmat Ali. Superintendent of Police Mizanur Rahman told bdnews24.com that Rathis's ...
The International Criminal Court in the Hague has taken into custody a man wanted for war crimes in Mali, after the authorities there handed him over. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud headed the Islamic police in Timbuktu when it was under the control of jihadist militants five ...

Palestinians are urging Netflix to dump the "Fauda" series, created by former members of Israeli army death squads, that legitimizes and promotes racist violence and war crimes. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is calling on Netflix to nix the "thriller" ...
John Bolton, President Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser, is talking like a war criminal. Acting on his argument in favor of the preemptive use of nuclear weapons against North Korea and/or Iran without congressional authorization would define the United States as a "rogue" state ...
Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud was surrendered by the Malian authorities and has arrived at the tribunal´s detention centre in The Hague to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for the destruction of the holy shrines of Timbuktu and accusations of rape and ... militant
"It just makes official what has been US policy since 9/11, which is that there will be no notice taken of war crimes because so many of them were being committed by our own allies, our military and intelligence officers, and our elected officials. The war crime of conspiring and waging aggressive war still ... militant

Milan Trisic tortured Muslims during the Bosnian civil war and then lied his way into the United States in 2000, concealing his ethnic cleansing history while claiming to be a refugee fleeing persecution. Earlier this week, a federal judge sentenced him to 18 months in prison, after which he faces deportation. militant
BOSTON — Juan Alicio Samayoa Cabrera, 67, accused of war crimes and human rights violations while a paramilitary commander during Guatemala's civil war, was ordered deported back to his native country on Thursday after living quietly in Providence for a quarter century. BOSTON — A Providence ... militant
The documents amassed so far form a “paper trail of war crimes” noteworthy for their specificity, according to Engels, who requested NBC News not reveal the location of the group's office out of concern for investigators' safety and the security of the evidence. The documents are stored in a vault. militant
A judge has ordered a man accused of war crimes and human rights violations while serving as a paramilitary commander during Guatemala's civil war to return to his native country. The Providence Journal reports that a judge in Boston on Thursday rejected Juan Alicio Samayoa Cabrera's request ...
Since May last year, the Serbian war crimes prosecution office has not responded to an inquiry sent by the Croatian state's attorney office for information that could assist in a war crimes trial being held at Zagreb county court. The state's attorney office asked its Serbian counterpart for the addresses of ...
... killed 59 villagers, set fire to their houses and looted people's belongings, aided by the four men on May 7, 1971, in the district's Rajnagar Upazila. Suspected war criminals were put on trial after the government formed the tribunal. Most of those convicted of war crimes so far are from the Jamaat-e-Islami, ...
We have agreed that next week we will submit the names of the task force members so that they can meet in the next 30 days and begin work on the exchange of data on war crimes suspects on both sides, Dražen Bošnjaković of Croatia told Hina after meeting with his Serbian counterpart Nela Kuburović.
Then there's 18 US Code 2441, the War Crimes Act of 1996. It defines a "war crime" as any "grave breach" of the Geneva Conventions, including torture, cruel or inhuman treatment, and sexual assault or abuse. The penalty is to be "imprisoned for life or any term of years ... if death results to the victim ... the ...
Former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic on Thursday appealed against his convictions for genocide and war crimes, urging UN judges to acquit him on all charges. Mladic, once dubbed the Butcher of Bosnia, was sentenced to life imprisonment in November for his role in the Balkans war, ...
MANILA—The Supreme Court may eventually have to settle whether the Philippines' withdrawal from a war crimes tribunal is valid, a human rights commissioner said Friday but also suggested that the issue may be better left “in limbo” for now. A high court ruling upholding President Rodrigo Duterte's ...
Former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic has appealed against his convictions for genocide and war crimes, urging UN judges to acquit him instead of all charges. Mladic, once dubbed the Butcher of Bosnia, was sentenced to life imprisonment in November for his role in the Balkans war, ...

Currently, the attention of mainstream media is focused on the situation in the battered enclave of Eastern Ghouta. More than 80,000 civilians have already fled the region via humanitarian corridors despite numerous threats from terrorists, and the humanitarian situation there is being improved day by day.
Mr. Olusoga argued that although Churchill was remembered as being a great politician, he was “largely responsible” for war crimes in Africa, as well as the Bengal famine of 1943-44 in India. “Certain people, we only want to hear the good things that they do. Certain events, we only want to hear the stories ...
On Monday, the UN human rights chief told an informal meeting of the Security Council on Monday that the Syrian regime's five-year siege of the Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta has involved "pervasive war crimes," use of chemical weapons and starvation as a weapon of war. Home to some 400,000 ...
After his arrest in Klina he has been transferred to Pristina at the prosecutor's order suspected of commiting war crimes against Albanians in 1998-99. Zajic has returned to his village in Kosovo recently after living in Serbia since the end of the war. Head of the Office for Communities at the Municipality of ...
The Trump administration maintains that it won't tolerate chemical weapons attacks by Bashar al-Assad's regime and its partners in Syria, despite reported widespread use of chlorine gas, along with credible reports of the nerve agent sarin. But there's no real plan to stop these war crimes, and America's ...
He was questioned by Metropolitan Police detectives but they said there was insufficient evidence and no further action was taken. But Nazi war crime crime prosecutors based in Ludwigsburg, Germany, asked to see the interviews and the case was reopened. Mr Chrzanowski, who also lived in Holmfirth ...
UN Rights Chief Slams Syrian Regime's War Crimes as 15 Children Killed in Strike ... High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein condemned on Monday the Syrian regime's “pervasive war crimes” in Eastern Ghouta as 15 children were killed in the latest air strikes on the besieged ...
The unprecedented case has been hailed a landmark in Nazi war crime investigations, clarifying to German prosecutors who they can investigate. ... of British police when his stepson John Kingston, of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, sent a dossier of evidence to the Metropolitan Police's war crimes unit.
Fifteen years ago this week, George W. Bush launched the invasion of Iraq. Bush and Co. intended the second Iraq War as a stepping-stone to wider domination of the Middle East, and they claimed victory when Saddam Hussein's dictatorial regime fell quickly. But within months, the U.S. faced mass ...
A United Nations body established in December 2016 to document war crimes in the course of the Syrian civil war is suffering from chronic funding problems, German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle said . The “International, Independent and Impartial Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and ...
In that context, Marchi-Uhel said the IIIM is "really a unique mandate," going beyond a mere fact-finding mission into what she described as a "quasi-prosecutorial function," cataloging and organizing evidence that could quickly be transferred to a tribunal with jurisdiction over Syrian war crimes. Though its ...
Colombia's historic war crimes tribunal took force on Thursday and is now open for victims who want to report war crimes. More than 7,300 alleged war criminals have already reported themselves at the tribunal, which was agreed between the government and the FARC as part of a 2016 peace deal.
Karkoc's family denies that he was involved in any war crimes. Last July, Poland asked US authorities to hand over Karkoc, who lives in Minneapolis, so he could face a court trial. Robert Janicki, a prosecutor with the National Remembrance Institute, said on Thursday that in response to Poland's extradition ...
Saudi Arabia accused of Yemen war crimes as crown prince completes UK visit. UK News | Published: Less than an hour ago. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has met Theresa May, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and had an audience with the Queen. shares ...
... Karadzic on Trial · Ratko Mladic Facing Justice · Kosovo Organ Trafficking · Srebrenica · Goran Hadzic at the Hague. Topics; Life Stories · EU Integration · Gender Justice · Reparations · Missing Persons · Returnees and IDPs · Criminal Justice Efforts · Victim Rights · War Crime Trials · Memorialisation · ICTY Co-operation ...
A court in Gjakova cleared Limaj on Friday, saying prosecutors failed to prove the alleged war crimes. The 47-year-old politician, leader of the Initiative for Kosovo party, has been acquitted on similar charges in the past. Some 10,000 people died and 1,700 went missing during the war as separatists in ...
War crimes judges on Thursday rejected an appeal by former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba against a bribery conviction, calling instead for a new jail term to be imposed. The appeals judges ruled to “reverse” the sentences imposed on Bemba and two of his co-accused and “remand the ...
In Photos: White Helmets Media Studio Producing “Evidence of Assad Regime War Crimes” ... has released a series of photos reportedly showing a media studio of the White Helmets, which produces “evidence of Assad regime war crimes” in the Eastern Ghouta region, near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
A prosecution military expert told the trial of former Serbian State Security Service chiefs Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic that their units were involved in the persecution and killing of non-Serb civilians during the Bosnian war. Radosa Milutinovic. BIRN. Belgrade ...
... war crimes and crimes against humanity. Under the Geneva Convention the definition of such crimes includes political, racist or religious persecution and/or other inhuman treatment. Under the Rome Statute, the basis for the establishment of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, “war crime” is a ...
The claim that these tactics might be meant to elude war crimes investigators has not been made before. ... “Through the use of unguided bombs, including blast weapons in a densely civilian populated area, however, this attack may amount to the war crime of launching indiscriminate attacks resulting in ...
GENEVA — United Nations investigators have linked Russian forces to a possible war crime in Syria for the first time, reporting on Tuesday that a Russian plane was responsible for airstrikes on a market last year that killed scores of civilians. The plane carried out a series of attacks in November on the ...
It found no evidence that the Russian strike had deliberately targeted the market, but said "this attack may amount to the war crime of launching indiscriminate attacks resulting in death and injury to civilians", the first time it has explicitly implicated Moscow in possible war crimes. And three U.S.-led coalition ...
“They have used the country's oil to buy weapons, fund deadly militias, and hire companies owned by political insiders to support military operations that have resulted in horrific atrocities and war crimes,” lead Sentry investigator J.R. Mailey said in a statement. South Sudan gained independence from ...
The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 on Sunday framed charges of crimes against humanity against 11 men from Mymensingh. “The three-member tribunal headed by Justice Md Shahinur Islam framed four charges against the accused and set April 12 for submitting the opening statement in the trial,” ...
TEHRAN: Countries selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and its allies must answer for "war crimes" being committed in Yemen, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart in a phone call on Sunday. "In Yemen we are witnessing war crimes and countries that provide weapons for Saudi ...
Countries selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and its allies must answer for “war crimes” being committed in Yemen, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart in a phone call on Sunday. “In Yemen we are witnessing war crimes and countries that provide weapons for Saudi Arabia and the ...
Her sister, Agnes Reeves Taylor, a former wife to former Liberian President Charles Taylor was picked up last June from her home in Dagenham, East London and arrested by the Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit and charged the following day with one accusations of conspiracy to torture and three ...
The UN's human rights chief has warned that attacks on Syria's Eastern Ghouta probably amount to "war crimes" and that those behind the targeting of civilians will be held to account. "I must emphasise that what we are seeing, in Eastern Ghouta and elsewhere in Syria, are likely war crimes, and potentially ...
More than 4 million people have been displaced in South Sudan since the civil war began in 2013. Photograph: Stefanie Glinski/AFP/Getty Images. UN investigators say they have identified more than 40 South Sudanese military officers who may be responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Rights groups are calling for an investigation into war crimes in Yemen. They want perpetrators identified and held to account. Besides violations by Houthi rebels and the bombing campaign by the Saudi-led coalition, many armed groups are operating in the country, including some backed by the United ...
The unprecedented case has been hailed a landmark in Nazi war crime investigations, clarifying to German prosecutors who they can investigate. ... of British police when his stepson John Kingston, of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, sent a dossier of evidence to the Metropolitan Police's war crimes unit.
The increasing calls for a war crimes court and Lassa fever resurfacing in Liberia dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Friday.The administration of President George Weah continues to receive many calls for the prosecution of those who bear greater responsibility for atrocities committed ...


 

news and opinion