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UK nationals committed abuses in Iraq after 2003 on a significant scale. The International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) Final Report on the UK and Iraq on December 9 is the latest official report to find that members of UK…
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At the height of its power in Iraq, Islamic State (also known as ISIS) controlled 40 percent of the country’s territory and the daily lives of millions of Iraqis. Tens of thousands of Iraqis came to serve the ISIS administration, including…
Iraqi Security Forces stand guard at the gate of a camp holding families of men suspected of being ISIS affiliates in Bartalla, east of Mosul, Iraq July 15, 2017.
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“Unimaginable Horrors”

The “unimaginable horrors” that the Islamic State (ISIS) is committing against the minority Yezidis, documented in a report released on June 16 by the UN-mandated Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the Syrian Arab Republic, shows the…
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The British government is still fighting case after case concerning allegations of abuses by its forces during the 2003 Iraq conflict. This month it had a rare victory. The European Court of Human Rights found no human rights violations by the United…
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The British military justice system has shown itself unfit for purpose in handling war crimes committed outside the country

Ten years after the UK joined in the invasion of Iraq, the repercussions continue to hit at the heart of the establishment. This week a law firm and a leading international justice organization jointly sent a 250-page submission to the International…
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Joseph Kony, Thomas Lubanga and Charles Taylor are just the tip of the iceberg. The use of children as soldiers extends far beyond Africa. Last week in The Hague, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, found the Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty…
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Strasbourg has ruled that Britain failed to investigate civilian killings in Iraq. This must never happen again. Britain's participation in the invasion and occupation of Iraq continues to make history, in somewhat unexpected ways. Today the European…
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Bringing their tormentors to book is an important way for victims to recover their dignity

John Laughland suggests that human rights organisations, including Human Rights Watch, are more concerned about the conviction of former heads of state than about them getting fair trials. Nothing could be further from the truth. (Fujimori's trial could…
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Saddam's trial has been a missed opportunity for the government to respect human rights

The imminent execution of Saddam Hussein and two other former Iraqi officials marks a further step away from respect for human rights and the rule of law in a deeply polarised and violent Iraq. The trial judgment was not finished when the verdict and…
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A scowling Saddam Hussein looms large in the footage of his trial before the Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT) - pounding the table, arguing, at times shouting. The outtakes picked for the evening news give the impression of a courtroom dominated by him and his…
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Bringing to justice those who commit atrocities has obvious appeal. It provides redress for victims and their families, punishes perpetrators, and deters others from replicating their crimes. But is the price too high? Critics argue that the threat of…
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Continued unpunished crimes by coalition forces in Iraq will only add to the ranks of the insurgents (regardless of their own far worse criminal acts) and undermine efforts to promote the rule of law among the general population. That outcome is certainly…
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Saddam Captured

NEW YORK One can only rejoice at the capture of Saddam Hussein. Few people are more deserving of trial and punishment. U.S. forces deserve credit for arresting the deposed dictator so that his crimes can be presented and condemned in a court of law,…
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Involvement of international judges is essential to ensure that justice is done

The importance of this moment is difficult to overstate. The arrest of Saddam Hussein, responsible for genocide and crimes against humanity, opens up the real possibility that justice can be done. The fact that he has been taken alive is crucial; a dead…
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Saddam captured

Despite the obvious merits of an internationally led tribunal,Washington is adamantly opposed, which largely explains the path chosen by the Iraqi Governing Council. But Washington's opposition reflects its ideology, not concern for the Iraqi people. The…
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Whatever one thinks of the war to topple Saddam Hussein, the issue of justice for the crimes of his regime is now coming to the fore. In one of its first acts, the new Iraqi Governing Council announced the formation of a commission to establish a tribunal…
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American and British forces must, as an urgent priority, begin guarding sites such as the one we visited west of Basra to prevent spontaneous digging by bereaved relatives. These are crime scenes, and the coalition forces, as occupying powers, must…
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Saddam Hussein and his henchmen have been responsible for murdering or "disappearing" some 225,000 Iraqis. Now that his dictatorship is crumbling, what is the best way to bring to justice the surviving members of his government who are responsible for…