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ICC convicts Mali Islamist for Timbuktu atrocities

ICC convicts Mali Islamist for Timbuktu atrocities

JUDGES at the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted a Malian Islamist of war crimes and crimes against humanity for being a central figure in the Islamic police of Timbuktu during a 2012 rebel takeover. In a summary of their verdict, the judges said Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz played an important role in the Ansar Dine Islamist group, which took the city on the fringe of the Sahara desert in 2012 and tried to impose sharia Islamic law. Local inhabitants testified that he was considered a key player within the Islamic police force who could issue orders and police officers…
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ICC prosecutor warns of war crimes committed in Darfur’s al-Fashir

ICC prosecutor warns of war crimes committed in Darfur’s al-Fashir

THE International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor is urgently investigating allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur city of al-Fashir which has become a new front between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). In a video statement released on Tuesday, prosecutor Karim Khan said the ICC has an active investigation into possible atrocity crimes being committed at present in Darfur. "I am extremely concerned about allegations of widespread international crimes being committed in al-Fashir and its surrounding areas, as we speak," Khan said, adding that his office was investigating those allegations "with urgency". His investigators…
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Which leaders are on the ICC’s most wanted list?

Which leaders are on the ICC’s most wanted list?

THE prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) applied for arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his defence chief and three Hamas leaders over alleged war crimes. If those requests are granted the Israeli and Hamas leaders would join a list of war crime suspects who remain at large from the court in The Hague. Here is an overview of the most high-profile names among them. RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN The ICC issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin in March 2023, accusing him of the war crime of illegally deporting hundreds of children from Ukraine. The Kremlin has called…
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RSF accused of war crimes, ethnic cleansing in Darfur

RSF accused of war crimes, ethnic cleansing in Darfur

THE paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and allied militias conducted a widespread ethnic cleansing campaign against Masalit and other non-Arab civilians in El Geneina and other parts of West Darfur state in 2023, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. The report describes the killings as among “the worst atrocities” committed against civilians since Sudan’s war erupted last year, and calls for governments and international institutions to investigate whether the evidence shows that RSF leadership intended to commit genocide. Men and adolescent boys were singled out during attacks, but children and women were also targeted, and fighters carried out rapes,…
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Sudan’s warring sides commit abuses, including strikes on fleeing civilians, UN report says

Sudan’s warring sides commit abuses, including strikes on fleeing civilians, UN report says

BOTH sides in Sudan's civil war have committed abuses that may amount to war crimes including indiscriminate attacks on civilian sites like hospitals, markets and even camps for the displaced, the U.N. human rights office said. Efforts have so far failed to end the 10-month-old conflict that pits Sudan's regular armed forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Thousands of people have been killed and some eight million forced to flee their homes, making it the country with the largest displaced population in the world. "Some of these violations would amount to war crimes," Volker Turk, the U.N. High…
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ICC prosecutor believes warring parties committing war crimes in Darfur

ICC prosecutor believes warring parties committing war crimes in Darfur

THE International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor told the U.N. Security Council that "there are grounds to believe" both Sudan's regular army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are committing war crimes in Darfur at present. War erupted in Sudan on April 15, 2023, between the Sudanese armed forces and the RSF. ICC prosecutor Karim Khan launched an investigation in July last year into the surge of hostilities in Sudan's Darfur region. The ICC's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, gives the court jurisdiction over four major crimes - genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes of aggression and war crimes - that are grave…
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In Burkina Faso’s blockaded towns, war crimes and mutual aid

In Burkina Faso’s blockaded towns, war crimes and mutual aid

AROUND a million people in Burkina Faso are living under suffocating blockades imposed by jihadist groups on dozens of towns and villages – a tool of war that is destroying local economies and leading to mass hunger and deaths from treatable diseases. Insurgents have used siege tactics for several years against communities they accuse of supporting government forces, but the number of blockades has increased since a junta seized power from different military leaders late last year. The new junta has ramped up military operations and enrolled tens of thousands of civilians into a nationwide anti-jihadist volunteer force. Jihadist groups…
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US declares warring parties in Sudan committed war crimes

US declares warring parties in Sudan committed war crimes

THE United States formally determined that warring parties in Sudan committed war crimes, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, as Washington increases pressure on the army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to end fighting that has caused a humanitarian crisis. Washington also determined that the RSF and allied militias committed crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing, Blinken said in a statement. The fighting, which broke out in mid-April, has displaced more than 6.5 million inside and outside Sudan, killed more than 10,000 and decimated the economy. "The expansion of the needless conflict between RSF and the SAF has caused grievous human…
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ICC arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin: a king-size dilemma for South Africa

ICC arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin: a king-size dilemma for South Africa

THE International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an international arrest warrant for Russian president Vladimir Putin for alleged war crimes regarding the unlawful deportation of children from Ukraine to Russia. Such acts are war crimes under two articles of the Rome Statute, which established the court. Author SASCHA-DOMINIK (DOV) BACHMANN, Professor in Law and Co-Convener National Security Hub (University of Canberra) and Research Fellow (adjunct) - The Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa, Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University- NATO Fellow Asia-Pacific, University of Canberra ICC arrest warrants against sitting heads of state are rare. Putin faces arrest…
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Putin visits Russian-occupied Mariupol after ICC issues arrest warrant

Putin visits Russian-occupied Mariupol after ICC issues arrest warrant

LIDIA KELLY and MARK TREVELYAN A day after being accused of war crimes by the International Criminal Court, President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol, the scene of some of the worst devastation of his year-old invasion. State television showed extended footage of Putin being shown around the city on Saturday night, meeting rehoused residents and being briefed on reconstruction efforts by Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin. The port city of Mariupol became known around the world as a byword for death and destruction as much of it was reduced to ruins in the first…
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