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New Hope for Victims of Serious Crimes

(New York) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) judges’ decision on February 5, 2021 confirming the court’s jurisdiction over the situation in Palestine opens a long-awaited path to justice for Israeli and Palestinian victims of serious…
Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Péter Kovács, and Reine Alapini-Gansou are the three pre-trial chamber judges assigned to the Palestine situation at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The photo shows them in an ICC hearing related to Mali on July 8, 2019.
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Witness Protection Essential

(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
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Trump Executive Order Seeks to Thwart Justice for Victims

(Washington, DC) – The Trump administration’s announced action against the International Criminal Court (ICC) escalates its efforts to thwart justice for victims of serious crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 11, 2020, President Donald…
Illustration of the scales of justice replaced by two people shackled by their wrists and dangling in the air.
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Impartial Justice Needed as Occupation Enters 50th Year

(New York) – As the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza entered its 50th year, Human Rights Watch called today on the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to open a formal investigation into serious international crimes committed in…
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki waves as he arrives holding documents he will submit to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, June 25, 2015.
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126 in West Bank Left Homeless

(Jerusalem) – The Israeli military unlawfully demolished at least 39 structures in Bedouin Palestinian communities in the West Bank on August 17 and 18, 2015. The demolitions left 126 people homeless, 80 of them children. Four of the…
A Palestinian Bedouin carries his child as he walks past his caravan that was demolished by Israeli bulldozers near the Israeli settlement of Karmel, in the village of Um Alkhier near the West Bank city of Hebron October 27, 2014.
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Witness Protection Required

(Brussels) - The Kosovo government and assembly took an important step toward justice on August 3, 2015, by creating a special court to try serious crimes committed after the 1998-1999 Kosovo war, Human Rights Watch said today. The Kosovo government and…
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Meeting in Washington with Prime Minister

(Washington, DC) – US Vice President Joe Biden should urge Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucić to take concrete steps to advance human rights protection, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Biden released today. Biden and Vucić will meet this week…
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Court Membership Could Open Door for Justice to Victims

(Brussels) – Palestine’s decision to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the face of strong opposition – including from the United States, Israel, and Canada – deserves international support. The ICC treaty officially went into effect for…
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New Hope for Justice for Victims of Serious Crimes

(New York) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s decision on January 16, 2015, to open a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine is a potential first step toward reducing the impunity in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…
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Justice Needed for Post-War Crimes

(Brussels) – Kosovo’s newly formed parliament should promptly enact the legislative and constitutional changes required for the special court on post-war atrocity crimes to function, Human Rights Watch said today. Kosovo held parliamentary elections on…
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Bombings of Civilian Structures Suggest Illegal Policy

(Gaza) – Israeli air attacks in Gaza investigated by Human Rights Watch have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war. Israel should end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and…
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Based on Witnesses, Video, Boys Posed No Threat to Soldiers

(Jerusalem) – Video footage, photographs, witness statements, and medical records indicate that two 17-year-old boys whom Israeli forces shot and killed on May 15, 2014 posed no imminent threat to the forces at the time. The boys, who had been…
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Impartial Justice, Deterrence to Serious Crimes Sorely Needed

(Jerusalem) – Palestine should urgently seek access to the International Criminal Court (ICC), a group of 17 Palestinian and international human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, said today. In a letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas,…
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Parliament Should Also Endorse EU Law Mission Extension

(Brussels) – Kosovo’s parliament should approve the establishment of a special court located abroad to try alleged war crimes and other serious crimes committed during and after the 1998-1999 Kosovo war. The parliament should also agree to extend the…
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Support Commitment to Abide by International Law

(Jerusalem) – The US government should support rather than oppose Palestinian actions to join international treaties that promote respect for human rights. On April 1, 2014, the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, signed accession instruments for 15…
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Palestinian Access to the ICC Could Open Door for Justice to Victims

(Ramallah) – Israel engaged in discriminatory practices and other rights violations against Palestinians during 2012, while Palestinian authorities committed abuses against their own population, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013. Both…
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States Should Stop Pressing Palestinians to Forgo International Criminal Court

(New York) – Palestinian leaders should pursue ratification of core international human rights treaties and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Governments that have pressed Palestine to forgo membership in the ICC, including the…
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UN Court Needs Ongoing Support in Remaining Trials

(Brussels) – The opening of the trial of Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb wartime military commander, is a salient reminder that justice catches up with those accused of atrocity crimes. Mladic’s trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide…
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Impunity for Attacks; Excessive Force Against Palestinians

(Jerusalem) – The newly-appointed Israeli military commander in the West Bank should end the military’s hands-off approach to settler attacks against Palestinians and Palestinian property, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch also called on…
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Troops Responded to Stone-Throwing With Live Bullets

(Jerusalem) - Israel should conduct prompt, thorough, and independent criminal investigations into the killings of protesters by military forces on May 15, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. Fourteen people were killed during demonstrations in southern…