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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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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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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Momentum for Justice in Liberia

Momentum for Justice in Liberia On Wednesday April 7, 2021, a Finnish court concluded the Gibril Massaquoi case hearings in Monrovia, Liberia, which began on February 23. 21 days of hearings, during which 55 witnesses were heard and interrogated by Finnish prosecutors and defense lawyers. Gibril Massaquoi, former RUF (Revolutionary United Front) spokesman and commander, has been charged […]

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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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