Mr. Álvaro Burgos, vice-president of the ICB, judge and professor of Costa Rica, has received in Mexico the Honoris Causa Doctorate, awarded by the Contemporary University of the Americas UCLA and the Ibero-American Federation of Lawyers FIA for his contributions to the Juvenile Criminal Law from the Judiciary, Teaching and Research.

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Last week, Mr. Blas J. Imbroda, President of the ICB was invited to the Congress of the Iberoamerican Union of Bar Associations and Law Societies, to make a speech at the roundtable "Human Rights and Right to Justice: effective validity?: discrimination, exclusion and new forms of slavery. Challenges and actions to confront for advocacy and society". The event took place at Foz de Iguazú, the Triple border of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

In light of the very serious events that have occurred these days in Nicaragua, in which approximately 40 young people have died as a result of the violence exercised by the police and other government forces when they were peacefully protesting against the reform of the Social Security. The International Criminal Justice and Human Rights Commissions, the Commission of Women Lawyers and the Commission of Cooperation of the Bar Association of Barcelona together with the International Criminal Bar (BPI-ICB-CAPI), after a joint meeting,

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Yesterday took place at the Bar Association of Barcelona the conference organized by the ICB, of the former President Mrs. Dilma Rousseff "Brazil: State of exception and threatened democracy", moderated by the Secretary General of the ICB, Mrs. Erika Torregrossa and presented by the president emeritus of the ICB, Mr. Luis del Castillo Aragón.

 

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Former rebel leader and popular opposition figure seeks compensation from global court for legal costs, losses.

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By Eulalia Pascual I Lagunas

Doctor of Law
Member of the ICSC and of the Commission of International Criminal Justice and Human Rights. From the Bar Association of Barcelona
President of the United Nations Association Spain

In January 2019, the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court decided the acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé on charges of crimes against humanity for murder, rape and other inhuman acts in Côte d'Ivoire, during the presidential elections of 2010 and later. The acquittal was agreed because the prosecution did not provide sufficient evidence to prove the responsibility of the accused. In an argument that recalls the Bemba case, and the Ruto and Sang cases, the Chamber considers that the existence of a common plan to exercise violence to ensure power can not be proven, nor do there exist in the speeches of Gbagbo or Blé Goudé elements that could be interpreted as incitement or permissibility to exercise violence on the civilian population.

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We note the decision of the Appeals Chamber.  The Prosecution's position was that we would be amenable to release with a set of conditions attached. These conditions would be to ensure that Messrs Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé would be available before the Court should the trial proceedings against them continue.

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Today, 1st February 2019, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") decided unanimously that conditions are to be imposed on Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé upon their release to a State willing to accept them on its territory and willing and able to enforce the conditions set by the Appeals Chamber. These conditions are imposed to protect the integrity of the process. A written Judgment setting out these conditions will be made available later today.

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Today, the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia acquitted of the 9 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity attributed to him by the events in the Balkan War.

The sentence, with their respective acquittal comes 13 years after they surrender voluntarily and to grant him permission to return to Belgrade for treatment for an illness.

According to the judges, the prosecution has failed to prove the relationship between the crimes committed, and the speeches of Mr. Seselj. In actual words, he was not the ideologue of ethnic cleansing, in fact, his speeches are harangues words, in any case isn't considered a call to murder.

 

Today’s guilty verdict handed down by a UN Court in The Hague against former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadžić for genocide and other crimes under international law marks a major step towards justice for victims of the armed conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found Karadžić guilty on one count of genocide, five counts of crimes against humanity and four counts of war crimes for his role in the armed conflict, both for his individual responsibility and as part of a joint criminal enterprise.

He was sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment. His lawyers have said they will appeal.

The Court convicted Karadžić of genocide in relation to the massacre in Srebrenica, where more than 7,000 Bosnian men and boys were killed. It also found him responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes including the torture, rape and killing in detention of thousands, perpetrated with the intent to systematically remove the Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat populations in territories claimed by Bosnian Serbs.

The court found that his role in the siege of Sarajevo was so instrumental that without his support it would not have occurred. It held that the whole population of Sarajevo was terrorized and lived in extreme fear, facing indiscriminate attacks between 1992 and 1995.

He was acquitted of one count of genocide in relation to crimes committed against both Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats in seven municipalities in 1992.

Karadžić held several of the highest positions in the Bosnian-Serb leadership during the three-year war in which his forces were pitted against Bosnian-Muslim and Bosnian-Croat forces, commanding operations against both military forces and the civilian population.

While the death toll from the Bosnian War stands at 100,000, including some 38,000 civilian victims, fewer than 1,000 war crimes cases have been investigated and prosecuted at the state level.

The fate of thousands has still not been revealed. Amnesty International urges authorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina to commit truly to resolving the 8,000 outstanding cases of enforced disappearances from the war, and to provide access to truth, justice and reparation for the families.

Since it was established in 1993, the ICTY has indicted 161 persons for crimes under international law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia. Proceedings have been concluded in the cases of 149 accused, including seven individuals convicted of genocide at Srebrenica. There are still ongoing cases against 12 individuals, including a genocide case against former Bosnian-Serb military leader Ratko Mladić.

 

The Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) reported today that it will release the verdict in the trial that followed against former Bosnian-Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during the war of Bosnia (1992-1995).

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We attach the interview with Jordi Palou-Loverdos, a member of BPI-ICB ICB published in the Diari Ara.

Jordi Palou-Loverdos: "The UN has sought to judge and condemn the losers"

Defense lawyer for eight Spanish families victims of violence in Rwanda.

Barcelona lawyer Jordi Palou-Loverdos trying for years to families victims killed in the savage violence Rwandan find and receive justice, but as crimes committed in 1997 and 2000 have had no place in the jurisdiction of International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and legislative change in Spain makes it difficult moment can prosecute those responsible, quoting the principles of international justice.

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Coalition for the International Criminal Court

MASTER

The ICB wishes to inform you of the Official Announcement of the Master on International Criminal Justice created with the Rovira i Virgili University

4Th International Meeting Of Defence Offices

25 & 26 November 2016 London, United Kingdom

SUMMARY REPORT

 

Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Dear Madam, Sir,

The Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon thank you again for your participation in the Fourth International Meetings of Defence Offices which were held in London, on 25th and 26th of November 2016.

Please find attached the Summary report of the Meetings in French, English and Arabic. 

You will also find attached the questionnaire on Defence Investigations, which we thank you for completing in the language of your choice, and sending back to us, if you have not already done so. As Johann said during the Meetings,your answers will be very useful in that they will illustrate the Guide to Investigations with concrete examples from you experience.

Thank you again for your participation and we hope to see you again in Nuremberg for the Fifth Meetings in 2017.

Kind regards,