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The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday convicted?Dominic Ongwen, a former brigade commander of the African rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), of 61 war crimes and crimes against humanity committed from July 2002 to December 2005. Ongwen was accused of 70 counts of these crimes. In a 1,077-page judgment, the ICC found Ongwen guilty [...]

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) held the first hearing in the case against Mahamat Sa?d Abdel Kani on Thursday and Friday. Sa?d is believed to be a former commander of the Séléka, a primarily-Muslim coalition of armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR). CAR officials surrendered Sa?d to the ICC on January 24. Sa?d [...]

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The Russian parliament unanimously ratified a bill Wednesday to extend Russia’s Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the US. Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden had agreed Tuesday to extend the treaty. The New START treaty was signed in April 2010 and entered into force in February 2011. It is the [...]

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The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday held Russia responsible for several breaches of the European Convention of Human Rights following its 2008 five-day armed conflict?with Georgia. Georgia and Russia have a history of tensions between them, which escalated on August 7, 2008, when Georgia claims it sent its troops [...]

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The Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) heard oral arguments?Tuesday and Wednesday in the appeal of former Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina military commander Ratko Mladi?. Mladi? appealed his 2017 conviction and life sentence for genocide, crimes against humanity and violation of the laws or customs of war in [...]

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Members of the European Council on Wednesday said they do not recognize?Belarus’ August 9 election results where President Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected in a landslide victory, claiming 80 percent of the votes.?The EU will also impose sanctions against “a substantial number of individuals responsible for violence, repression and the falsification of election results,” which it [...]

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Egypt’s parliament gave final approval Tuesday to a bill seeking to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure?by adding an article providing for the?protection of sexual harassment and assault victims’ identities during legal procedures. The provision is aimed at encouraging women to report such crimes without fear of identification resulting in retribution or pressure to withdraw [...]

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The Taiwanese government said Monday that it has revised certain regulations to increase scrutiny of mainland Chinese citizens who are residents of Hong Kong or Macau and seek to relocate to Taiwan, ensuring they do not engage in spying or other illegal acts. The revisions have been made to Regulations Governing Permits for Hong Kong [...]

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The Chief Justice of India told the Central Government Thursday to consider amending the Official Languages Act 1963?for allowing publication of official notifications in languages other than Hindi and English, the second official language of the Government of India. CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde made the recommendation while ruling on an appeal filed by the Union [...]

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New UK police powers took effect on Thursday that allow trained officers to stop, question, and, where necessary, detain and search individuals traveling through UK ports to determine involvement in hostile state activity. The powers were introduced in Schedule 3 of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019.?Hitherto, a police officer had to have reasonable [...]

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