Iraq calls for air power to protect antiquities

Mar 10, 2015

Iraq calls for air power to protect antiquities

Iraq urged a U.S.-led military coalition on Sunday to use air power to protect the country’s antiquities from Islamic State fighters looting and destroying some of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures. A government minister said the coalition, which has carried out 2,800 airstrikes against ...

Jan 1, 2015

Palestinians join war crimes court after U.N. rejection

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 20 international agreements on Wednesday, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a day after a bid for independence by 2017 failed at the United Nations Security Council. The move, which angered Israel and ...

Nov 12, 2014

War crimes may be occurring in Libya: U.N. prosecutor

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Tuesday there were indications of war crimes being committed in Libya, warning that the strife-torn country was “on the wrong path.” Fatou Bensouda told the U.N. Security Council that the violence in Libya had worsened ...

Oct 23, 2014

U.N. urged to refer North Korea to war crimes court

A judge who led a ground-breaking inquiry of North Korea’s dismal rights record urged the United Nations Wednesday to seek war crimes prosecutions of the regime despite Pyongyang’s “charm offensive.” Australian Judge Michael Kirby said the U.N. Security Council should refer North Korea to ...

Sep 11, 2014

Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza

Human Rights Watch accused Israel of committing war crimes by attacking three U.N.-run schools in the Gaza Strip in fighting in July and August, killing Palestinian civilians who had sheltered there. The New York-based group issued a report on Thursday that it described as ...

Cambodia tribunal convicts Khmer Rouge leaders

Aug 8, 2014

Cambodia tribunal convicts Khmer Rouge leaders

Three and a half decades after the fall of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, a U.N.-backed tribunal on Thursday sentenced two top leaders of the former regime to life in prison for crimes against humanity during the country’s 1970s reign of terror that left close to ...

U.N. rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

Jul 24, 2014

U.N. rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

The U.N.’s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that of the ...

Apr 5, 2014

Organ-harvesting claims to EU court

Plans are underway for a European Union-backed special tribunal to try Kosovo Albanian former guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from murdered Serbs during the Balkan country’s 1998-99 war, officials say. The move stems from a 2011 report by Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty ...

Yugoslav war crimes court reinstates genocide charge against Karadzic

Jul 12, 2013

Yugoslav war crimes court reinstates genocide charge against Karadzic

The U.N.’s Yugoslav war crimes court on Thursday reinstated a genocide charge against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, overturning on appeal an earlier decision by trial judges. Appeal judges said the trial chamber “erred in fact in concluding that there was no evidence” ...