Dynasty and military to rule North Korea

New leader of North Korea and military mourn the death of late leader, his father, Kim Jong-il. Photograph Reuters Reports from North Korea indicated that the country's new leader, late Kim Jong-il's youngest son, Kim Jong-un, will share power with his uncle and the military. Sources in the reclusive state have added that the military pledged its allegiance to Kim Jong-un and dismissed rumours of a military coup. Some reports state that the new leader had begun issuing orders to the military before his father's death. Power will also be shared by Jang Song-thaek, brother-in-law of the late...

US citizen extradited to Bosnia for war crimes

The United States extradited a former Bosnian soldier to face charges of war crimes in Bosnia. Edin Dzeko, now a naturalised US citizen, is accused of taking part in the mass murder of Croatian civilians in the South of Bosnia, in 1993. In a statement, the Bosnian prosecutor's office said, "Defendant Edin Dzeko was deported from the United States and handed over to Bosnia-Herzegovina authorities on December 20." See US citizen agrees to face war crimes trial in Bosnia (17 Nov 2011)

Turkey demands France withdraws Genocide bill

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has warned France of ‘grave consequence if the proposed legislation to outlaw the Armenian Genocide is passed by the French lower house of parliament on Thursday. "It is impossible for us to accept a draft law directed toward eliminating the freedom to reject unjust and groundless accusations against our country and our people," the Turkish president said in a statement issued on Tuesday. "I hope that France will soon abandon the initiative which will put France in a position of a country that does not respect freedom of expression and does not allow objective...

Rwandan rebel released by ICC

A former Rwanadan rebel leader who faced charges of war crimes, has been freed by the International Criminal Court due to a lack of evidence. Callixte Mbarushimana, leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (known by their French acronym, FDLR) stood accused of 13 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2009. The judges at the ICC said that "there was not sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds" that Mbarushimana was criminally responsible for the crimes. The ICC Chief Prosecutor’s office...

Rwandan doctor faces genocide charges in French court

A Parisian court has begun proceedings against a Rwandan doctor who has been living in the country, over his alleged role in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The doctor, Sosthene Munyemana, had an arrest warrant issued by Interpol, and was wanted for charges including genocide and crimes against humanity. He had lived and worked in a hospital located in south-west France for the last 10 years. Having applied for asylum in 2008, it was rejected and Rwanda requested to extradite Munyemana. However, French authorities turned it down in 2010 claiming he would not be given a fair trial and instead...

Attacks on Egyptian media must end - CPJ

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a worldwide press freedom group, called on the Egyptian military to end the violence against journalists and the censoring of media outlets. See CPJ statement - 'In Egypt, press freedom abuses must be investigated' (19/12/11) CPJ's Middle East and North Africa programme coordinator, Mohamed Abdel Dayem, said, "Military authorities must stop using violence as a form of censoring the press who are exposing their violent suppression of protests in the streets of Cairo," "The Egyptian government must ensure that additional attacks on the media are...

Justice will end crimes in Darfur - ICC

Addressing the UN Secruity Council, chief ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, continued the court's call to end impunity in Sudan and bring those responsible for crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur, to justice. Ocampo said, “ The execution of the arrest warrants will end the crimes in Darfur ." “The individuals sought by the court are still allegedly committing genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur ." “The world knows where the fugitives of the court are. They are in official positions, controlling the Government of the Sudan, commanding military operations in different...

Nazi killer starts jail term at 90

A former member of the Waffen SS has begun a life-sentence for the murder of three civilians during World War II. Wheelchair bound Heinrich Boere, who is now 90 years old, was taken from his nursing home to the prison where he will serve his sentence. An appeal on medical grounds was rejected, as a medical expert testified he was well enough to serve his sentence at a suitable facility. Boere argued he had to shoot members of the Dutch resistance as he was ordered to do so by his commanding officers and risked being sent to a concentration camp himself if he didn’t comply. "At no time in 1944...

Russia condemns violence in Syria

Russia has proposed a new UN resolution on Syria, condeming the violence used against civilians by “ all parties, including disproportionate use of force by Syrian authorities ”. Although officials from the US and Europe described the current draft as too mild, they welcomed it, remaining hopeful that a sterner stance can be negotiated with Moscow. US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said, “Hopefully we can work with the Russians, who for the first time at least are recognising that this is a matter that needs to go to the Security Council ”. Michael Tatham, a British official at the UN...

Gaddafi killing could be war crime – ICC chief prosecutor

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Louis Moreno-Ocampo, has asked the National Transitional Council of Libya what steps the government is taking to investigate war crimes committed by all sides during the rebellion.

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