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Seeking justice for the ongoing grave human rights abuses in Syria has proven largely elusive. Now the shield of impunity is beginning to crack.
 Several countries, including Sweden, Germany, and France are in the process of investigating some…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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Refugee Crisis and Universal Jurisdiction Cases in Europe

What’s the basis for European courts to try atrocities committed in Syria and Iraq? What is universal jurisdiction? Does universal jurisdiction mean that every country can investigate any grave international crime committed in Syria and Iraq? What…
Syrian Man Carries Children After Barrel Bomb Attack
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Proposed Bill Limits Spanish Jurisdiction over International Crimes and Would Breach Key International Treaties

(Madrid) – Lawmakers from Spain’s Popular Party are fast-tracking a bill that would limit Spanish courts’ ability to investigate and prosecute serious crimes under international law. The new proposal to reform the country’s universal jurisdiction laws…
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Prosecution and Potential Suspension of Judge Undermines Accountability

(Brussels) – The president of the European Union Council, Herman van Rompuy, and EU member states should express their concern over the prosecution and the potential suspension of Judge Baltasar Garzón of Spain for investigating Franco-era abuses, Human…
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Spain has become the latest battleground in the fight over the soul of international justice. On Tuesday, its lower house of Parliament called for a limit on its universal jurisdiction law over international crimes, irrespective of where they are…
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On October 16, 1998, London police arrested General Pinochet on a warrant from a Spanish judge for human rights crimes.     In the ten years since, the world has become a smaller place for brutal despots. Indeed, today a former dictator accused of…
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‘Universal Jurisdiction’ Prosecutions Bring Justice for Victims

(Brussels) – Prosecutors in Europe are using the concept of universal jurisdiction to pursue foreign war criminals in national courts, a strategy that is gaining momentum across the continent and should be expanded, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
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(New York) - The Mexican Supreme Court decision to uphold the extradition of Ricardo Miguel Cavallo will reinforce the principle of “universal jurisdiction” in international law, Human Rights Watch said today. Cavallo, a former Argentine military official…
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But Rights Group Disappointed If No Trial

Human Rights Watch said today that the arrest of Augusto Pinochet represented a permanent advance in the cause of human rights, despite the fact that a British medical evaluation may prevent Gen. Pinochet's extradition to Spain. "It's a terrible…
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In a letter today to Spain's Prime Minister José María Aznar López, Human Rights Watch urged the Spanish government to take all necessary steps to ensure that legal proceedings against General Augusto Pinochet move forward.
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Human Rights Watch Seeks Aznar Backing for International Law

(New York) - In a letter today to Spain's Prime Minister José María Aznar López, Human Rights Watch urged the Spanish government to take all necessary steps to ensure that legal proceedings against General Augusto Pinochet move forward. Spain has taken…
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(New York) - Human Rights Watch today hailed the detention Friday of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet as a victory for the rule of law. Under international law, the crimes of which Pinochet is accused -- sytematic executions and "disappearances…
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The Honorable Jack Straw Secretary of State for the Home Department 50 Queen Anne's Gate London SW1H 9AT ENGLAND Dear Home Secretary: Human Rights Watch, the largest United States-based international human rights organization, is writing to…