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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 armed forces…
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July 17, the Day of International Criminal Justice, is the anniversary of the Rome Statute, which paved the way for the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
 
 Anniversaries are often cause for celebration, but the ICC—the world’s…
The International Criminal Court premises in The Hague. © 2016 Human Rights Watch
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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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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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European Court Says UK Violated Rights of Iraqis in Killings case

(London) - A European Court of Human Rights ruling on July 7, 2011, in a case involving the killings of Iraqi civilians by UK soldiers, is a landmark judgment in the universal application of human rights, seven UK and international human rights groups…
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By increasing business with Sudan, the UK would be rewarding a country whose head of state is still wanted for war crimes

The new UK government has made it clear that an important priority of its foreign policy will be to promote British trade and investment abroad. But recent remarks in Sudan by the Africa minister, Henry Bellingham, raise concerns that, by blindly pursuing…
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Without international pressure the victims of Darfur will never see justice and they face even more abuses

Shortly after taking office, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown stood before the United Nations General Assembly and declared the situation in Darfur to be the "greatest humanitarian disaster" facing the world today. He sent a message to Darfur that "it is…
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Last week, a United Nations commission of inquiry strongly recommended prosecutions at the International Criminal Court for those responsible for the killing fields of Darfur. The commission emphasised that alternatives to the ICC, as proposed by…
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The US administration has in the past two years seemed determined to undermine the International Criminal Court, one of the world's newest but most important instruments of international justice. Those efforts come to a head this week as Washington seeks…
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U.S. Seeks U.N. Resolution to Exclude Its Troops from War Crimes Prosecutions

(London) - Britain should not rally behind U.S. demands for the renewal of a U.N. Security Council resolution that grants U.S. troops serving in U.N. forces immunity from international war crimes prosecutions. The United States recently demanded a vote…
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An International Tribunal for Iraq

Just as the showdown over Iraq strained trans-Atlantic relations, so efforts to mend those relations risk straining human rights principles. Having refused to endorse the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, France, Germany and their allies now face retribution…
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An Affront to His Victims

(London) - Any formal offer of guaranteed immunity for Saddam Hussein would be a travesty of justice.    Jack Straw, the British Foreign Secretary, this week proposed in the House of Commons that there could be "a United Nations Security Council…
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International Criminal Court Closer Than Ever to Reality

(New York) - The United Kingdom's ratification of the International Criminal Court treaty is especially significant because the U.K. is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and close ally of the United States.     The United Kingdom…