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. 

Côte d’Ivoire : Non à l’amnistie pour les crimes les plus graves de la crise de 2010-11

Ligue ivoirienne des droits de l’Homme – LIDHO Mouvement ivoirien des droits humains – MIDH Action pour la protection des droits humains en Côte d’Ivoire – APDH Réseau acteurs ivoiriens des droits humains – RAIDH Coalition ivoirienne des défenseurs des droits humains – CIDDH Club Union Africaine Forum de la société civile ouest-africain Côte d’ivoire […]

Côte d’Ivoire: No Amnesty for Serious Crimes of 2010-11 Crisis

Ligue ivoirienne des droits de l’Homme – LIDHO Mouvement ivoirien des droits humains – MIDH Action pour la protection des droits humains en Côte d’Ivoire – APDH Réseau acteurs ivoiriens des droits humains – RAIDH Coalition ivoirienne des défenseurs des droits humains – CIDDH Club Union Africaine Forum de la société civile ouest-africain Côte d’ivoire […]

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International Justice Trends in Microcosm at the OPCW – Three Observations as States Adopt ‘Attribution Mechanism’

On June 27th 2018, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (‘OPCW’) Conference of States Parties held a ‘Special Session’ which established an ‘Attribution Mechanism’ at the OPCW. The two-day Special Session showed – in microcosm – a number of trends in international criminal justice. In particular, the increasingly ‘outside-of-the-box’ thinking which is required to push forward international criminal justice efforts, especially in light of UN Security Council (‘UNSC’) ‘deadlock’, and the issue of how bodies which are not typically established to play a role in international criminal justice efforts are being mandated to do so.

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’

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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.