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(Brussels) – The indictment made public on June 24, 2020 against Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi and other former Kosovo Liberation Army leaders advances justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity during and after the 1998-1999 Kosovo war, Human…
Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi during a press conference in Kosovo capital Pristina on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. © 2019 Visar Kryeziu/AP Photo

First Lady’s Acquittal Highlights ICC Process As Critical Path for Victims

(Nairobi) – The acquittal in Côte d’Ivoire of former Ivorian first lady Simone Gbagbo for crimes against humanity based on a process marred by fair trial concerns and a critical lack of evidence shows the importance of the International Criminal Court’s…
Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo at the Palace of Justice in Abidjan on December 26, 2014.

Latest Move Shows Government’s Disregard for Victims

(Nairobi) – Burundi has taken a major step backward by officially withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Watch said today. Other African ICC members should distance themselves from Burundi’s withdrawal and affirm their support for…
Residents outside their houses in Nyakabiga, in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, look at the body of a man shot dead on December 11, 2015.

Members Should Reaffirm Support for International Court

(Johannesburg) – South Africa’s announced withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) treaty represents an enormous blow to its commitment to justice for atrocity crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. ICC members…
The Permanent Premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.

Hold Fair Trials for 2010-2011 Post-Election Abuses

(Abidjan) – Côte d’Ivoire has not yet delivered justice for victims of grave crimes by both sides in the country’s 2010-2011 post-election crisis, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. President Alassane Ouattara and his new justice minister…
Victims of the 2010-2011 post-election crisis hold placards reading 'We claim justice, justice justice' at a gathering in the Kouassai district of Abidjan on February 28, 2013,

Concrete Action Needed Against Pro-Ouattara Forces

(The Hague) – The International Criminal Court trial of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and his former youth minister, Charles Blé Goudé, which begins on January 28, 2016, shows that justice can reach those who once appeared untouchable, Human…

Questions and Answers

Who are Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, and why are they on trial? Why is this trial important? Isn’t Simone Gbagbo, the former first lady, also wanted by the ICC? What happened in Côte d’Ivoire? Will the…
Laurent Gbagbo at the ICC 2013

Gaps in Case Selection, Limited Outreach Undermined Impact

  (The Hague) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) missed important opportunities to maximize the impact of its work in Côte d’Ivoire, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The report offers…
newsstand in Abidjan

Judges Rule Hague Court Can Hear That Case

(Brussels) – Ivorian authorities should promptly surrender Simone Gbagbo, wife of the former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today. ICC judges ruled on December 11, 2014, that the court…

To Review Charges Against Charles Blé Goudé, Former President’s Ally

(Brussels) – Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will begin hearing evidence on Monday, September 29, 2014, to determine whether to confirm charges in the case against Charles Blé Goudé, a close ally of the former Ivorian President Laurent…

Court’s First Case of Former Head of State

(Brussels) – The June 12, 2014 decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) by a majority of judges in the case of former Côte d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo should remind those in positions of power that they are not immune from justice, Human…

Government Should Clarify Stance on Surrendering or Prosecuting Him

(Johannesburg) – Côte d’Ivoire should either surrender a notorious militia leader to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or formally contest transferring him if it intends to try him domestically, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 30, 2013,…

International Community Should Press for Improvements

(Abidjan)– The Ivorian government has not yet delivered on its promises of impartial accountability for the serious international crimes from the 2010-2011 post-election crisis, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should…
1. Who is Laurent Gbagbo and what are the charges against him? 2. What happened in Côte d’Ivoire? 3. How did the ICC get the authority to investigate in Côte d’Ivoire? 4. Why is the confirmation of charges hearing significant? Is this a trial? 5. Hasn’t…

Promptly Investigate Ouattara Camp’s Crimes as Well

(Nairobi) – The transfer of former President Laurent Gbagbo to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for his alleged role in international crimes during Côte d’Ivoire’s devastating post-election violence is a major step toward ensuring…

Important Step for Victims, But Cases for Crimes Prior to Election Also Key

(Brussels) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) judges took a major step to ensure justice for victims in Côte d’Ivoire by authorizing the ICC prosecutor to open an investigation into crimes committed in the country’s devastating post-election…

Justice for Crimes Prior to Recent Violence and by Both Sides Vital

(Brussels) - The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has taken a significant step toward ensuring that those responsible for grave crimes committed in Côte d'Ivoire are held to account, Human Rights Watch said today. The ICC prosecutor…

Accountability, Rebuilding Rule of Law Crucial to End Crisis

(Abidjan) - Alassane Ouattara should act promptly to make sure that those responsible for grave crimes in  Côte  d'Ivoire over the past dozen years are credibly brought to account, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to him. Ouattara is to be…

Disappearances, Killings May Fall Under International Criminal Court Jurisdiction

(Dakar) - Security forces associated with Laurent Gbagbo are abducting and "disappearing" his rival's supporters, Human Rights Watch said today, citing statements from numerous witnesses. Alassane Ouattara, Gbagbo's rival, is widely believed to have won…

Credible Accusations of Disappearances, Executions, and Organ-Trafficking

(New York) - The United States and European governments should demand thorough and impartial criminal investigations in Kosovo and Albania into allegations of serious crimes by former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) members, Human Rights Watch said today.…