Liberian rebel convicted in Paris, Kenya’s first crimes against humanity case: November war crimes round-up

Geneva Solutions’s monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. “The November edition of our round-up gives, as always, information about current extra-territorial cases for international crimes – including the verdict on the ground-breaking case in Paris that we mentioned last time. It also highlights efforts to prosecute such crimes in […]

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Liberian ex-rebel tried in Paris, Moscow denies world court jurisdiction: October war crimes round-up

Geneva Solutions’s monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. “Once again our monthly round-up is a testimony of the importance of extra-territorial cases for international crimes, with cases on Ukraine, Liberia, and Kenya making significant progress this past month. As I type, I am with my colleagues at a Paris […]

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Quelle justice pour les crimes internationaux de l’Iran?

What justice for Iran’s international crimes? OPINION. Outside the UN General Assembly, Iran has just reiterated that its national Hamid Nouri, former prosecutor and prison officer, was illegally convicted in Sweden this summer. Thanks to universal jurisdiction, international justice is progressing, but, sometimes, politics twists the law, as our reporter stated. On July 14, 2022, […]

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Guinea opens trials over 2009 massacre, rare case against Myanmar’s junta: September war crimes round-up

Geneva Solutions’ monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. “Our monthly round-up continues with once again a rich diversity of cases brought or litigated in Asia, Africa and Europe, including one case in Guinea finally reaching the stage of the trial 13 years after the massacre committed in Conakry in […]

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Complaint filed over attack on Swiss journalist in Ukraine; NGOs call for probe into Saudi prince: August war crimes round-up

Geneva Solutions’s monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. Denunciation filed after Russian attack on Swiss journalist A Ukrainian NGO denounced an attack last month against a Swiss press photographer during the war in Ukraine.  Truth Hounds, assisted by Civitas Maxima, filed the denunciation with Switzerland’s attorney general following an attack on Guillaume […]

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Iranian prison officer sentenced, Rwandan genocide conviction, Sri Lankan ex-president under fire: July war crimes round-up

Geneva Solutions’s monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. “No holiday recess for this monthly round-up as international crimes – as well as efforts to litigate these crimes – do not stop over the summer. Once again, several developments on Ukraine, but also justice efforts on crimes committed in Iran, […]

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Ukraine begins first rape trial of Russian soldier, Swiss probed for timber trafficking: June war crimes round-up

Geneva Solutions’s monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. “As we continue our monthly round-up on cases involving international crimes, litigation continues in Ukraine with a case on sexual violence; however, trials are now expanding to include people who fought alongside the Ukrainians, both in Ukraine and in Russia. The […]

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First Russian soldier convicted, torture probe against Interpol chief, war crime charges upheld against Lafarge: May international crimes round-up

Geneva Solutions’ monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. “As we continue our monthly round-up on cases involving international crimes, Ukrainian prosecutors have secured the first conviction for war crimes, sentencing a 21 year-old Russian soldier to life in prison. This case was tried within 10 days by judges who […]

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Swiss firm accused of pillaging, new trials at ICC, Ukraine violations: April war crimes round-up

Geneva Solutions’ monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. This article was updated on May 5, to include the trial of Gibril Massaquoi. “The public has discovered in the past weeks through the media more and more of the numerous and unspeakable atrocities committed against civilians in the conflict in […]

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GJRP’s Deputy Director Fayah Williams passes away

GJRP’s Deputy Director Fayah Williams passes away It is with great sadness that we communicate that Fayah Williams, Deputy Director of GJRP, passed away on April 12, 2022.  Fayah had been part of GJRP since its creation in 2012, and was an integral part of the organization. One always felt seen by Fayah. His care […]

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Waiting for justice on Martina Johnson’s alleged war crimes in Liberia

Martina Johnson was allegedly involved in mutilations and mass killings during the first Liberian Civil War. Thirty years later, Johnson has yet to stand trial.  In October 1992, the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) forced hundreds of mostly intoxicated child soldiers to attack Liberia’s Capital Monrovia. They were part of “Operation Octopus”, a four-month-long […]

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Karim Khan in Ukraine, Sudanese victims against BNP Paribas, Gambian indicted in Germany: war criminal hunt round-up

Sudanese victims against BNP Paribas, Gambian indicted in Germany: war criminal hunt round-up Geneva Solutions is launching a new monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima, who will help us stay aboard the top cases. Here are a few words of introduction from its director, Alain Werner. “The events of […]

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Legitimate military targets in the ongoing Ukraine/Russia conflict

Legitimate military targets in the ongoing Ukraine/Russia conflict The recent events that have occurred in Ukraine raise the issue of legitimate military targets. One should be aware that the conduct of hostilities is framed by rules and principles established by International Humanitarian Law (IHL). IHL aims at minimizing human suffering during armed conflicts by reaching […]

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Towards A New Crescendo

The plaintiffs were four survivors of the ruthless mass killing at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 29 July 1990. The church, adorned with Red Cross and UN flags, served as a shelter while it continued its religious services before it became the site of an inhumane massacre.

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L'entrée du bâtiment du Tribunal Federal, à Lausanne, en Suisse, photographiée le 24 mars 2014

In Coppet, A Crime Against Humanity

In Coppet, A Crime Against Humanity The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), which played a major role in the opposition to the Shah’s regime, was subjected to a brutal repression organized by the new mullahs’ regime shortly after the fall of the Shah in 1979. Under the aegis of Ayatollah Khomeini, the suppression of […]

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The Fight Against Impunity at the Heart of Swiss Foreign Policy

The Fight Against Impunity at the Heart of Swiss Foreign Policy Compared to the rather meager efforts of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in the field of universal jurisdiction, Switzerland has a good foreign policy track record in the area of international criminal law. In light of its longstanding humanitarian tradition, Switzerland has long been committed […]

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The Trial that Made Swiss Judges Go Down in History

The Trial that Made Swiss Judges Go Down in History On June 18, the Federal Criminal Court issued a judgment convicting Alieu Kosiah, Liberian national arrested in Lausanne, for war crimes committed during the First Civil War in Liberia. How and why were Swiss judges able to pass judgment on a foreign national who has […]

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International Justice: the Slowness of Switzerland

International Justice: the Slowness of Switzerland Despite the recent conviction of a Liberian warlord, Switzerland is still struggling to become a leading player in the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes. It is, however, well equipped to follow the lead of many European countries in prosecuting perpetrators of the worst atrocities. The analysis […]

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How can child soldiers be tried for crimes committed as adults?

This article first appeared on Le Temps on the 6th of May How can child soldiers be tried for crimes committed as adults? On the 6th of May, the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will sentence Dominic Ongwen, a former Ugandan rebel commander and a former child soldier. His guilty verdict has already […]

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The Case of Liberian Child Soldiers

The Case of Liberian Child Soldiers There are a number of international legal instruments intended to safeguard children. These include the UN Declaration on the Rights of Children, stating that “the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care”, as well as the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the two […]

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The Massaquoi trial Q&A

The Massaquoi trial Q&A The Finnish trial of Sierra Leonean national, Gibril Massaquoi, started in February in Finland but hearings of victims and witnesses will be conducted by Finnish judges in Liberia and then in Sierra Leone. This trial is spurring a lot of discussion and debate, not only because it sits within the broader […]

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Jusqu’où protéger les criminels de guerre présumés qui en dénoncent d’autres ? La Finlande a tranché

This article first appeared on LeTemps on the 8th of February 2021. How far should suspected war criminals who denounce others be protected? Finland has decided Gibril Massaquoi, who the press has dubbed “the Judas of Sierra Leone”, did not see his own arrest coming, having so masterfully caused the arrest of his former brothers […]

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Les Finlandais font la preuve de leur engagement aux côtés des victimes contre l'impunité

Finland has demonstrated its support for the victims and for the fight against impunity Liberia was the theatre of one of Africa’s most brutal conflicts – the first and second civil wars of 1989-1997 and 1999-2003, respectively. The wars not only destroyed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Liberians, but eventually spilled into neighbouring […]

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Justice Delayed, Justice Denied?

Justice Delayed, Justice Denied? By Kelsey Guthrie-Jones, Capacity Building Coordinator and Legal Counsel at Civitas Maxima Civitas Maxima and the GJRP have seen many successes in the eight years since our establishment in 2012. Across Europe and in the U.S., we have contributed to the arrest, and/or conviction of 8 high-ranking former commanders or officials of […]

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