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Bemba fair trials ICC Appeals Chamber that on 8 June acquitted Mr Bemba from charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Making Sense of Command Responsibility 

In this fourth opinion piece on the Bemba Appeals Judgment , Amnesty’s International Justice Team considers the majority’s controversial findings on command responsibility in the context of the Trial Chamber’s problematic application of Article 28.

Bemba fair trials ICC Appeals Chamber that on 8 June acquitted Mr Bemba from charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Time to Clarify ICC Rules on Admission of Evidence

In this third opinion piece on the Bemba Appeals Judgment, Amnesty’s International Justice Team considers the majority’s criticisms of the Trial Chamber’s admission and adjudication of evidence. It considers measures that the ICC should take to clarify that ICC Rules require Chambers to determine the admissibility of all evidence promptly and transparently during the trial.

ICC Appeals Chamber that on 8 June acquitted Mr Bemba from charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Bemba case highlights challenges of charging sexual violence crimes

In this second opinion piece on the Bemba Appeals Judgment, Amnesty’s International Justice Team considers the majority’s finding that the conviction exceeded the scope of the charges confirmed pre-trial and its implications for future prosecutions of sexual and gender-based crimes.

ICC Appeals Chamber that on 8 June acquitted Mr Bemba from charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Lessons must be learned from the Bemba case as a whole

With this article, Amnesty’s International Justice Team introduce its series of opinion pieces examining key issues arising from the Bemba Appeals Judgment. This first piece outlines some general reflections on the Judgment and reactions to it.  In particular, it emphasises the need for the ICC to look beyond the controversies of the Appeal Judgment in order to identify the lessons learned. 

ICC ROME STATUTE 20TH ANNIVERSARY

The ICC at 20: All Roads Lead away from Rome 

Matt Cannock, Head of Amnesty’s Centre for International Justice, calls for an honest appraisal of the Court and Rome Statute’s first 20 years, a reinvigoration of a collective and even more inclusive ‘Post-Rome generation’ and creative reengagement with the Court with a view to the ‘ICC@40’

ICC Rohingya refugeeS people walk through paddy field entered Bangladesh from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

Transparency essential for the ICC to resolve the question of jurisdiction over forced deportations from Myanmar

Over the next weeks, Amnesty International will issue opinion pieces examining the Office of the Prosecutor’s use of Article 19(3) and the substance of the question of jurisdiction it has posed to the Pre-Trial Chamber. In this first piece, Legal Adviser Jonathan O’Donohue joins others in expressing concern about the closed process so far and calls for greater transparency and consultation.

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“They betrayed us”: Women who survived Boko Haram raped, starved and detained in Nigeria

Since early 2015, the Nigerian military has recaptured vast swathes of territory that had come under the control of Boko Haram in the north-east of the country. This report examines what happened to the group of people who fled or were forced from rural towns and villages that had been controlled by Boko Haram, as the military intensified its operations.