October 23, 2018

Analysis: Torture Committed by Private Individuals and State Responsibility

By: Irit Weiser The crime of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment was originally conceived as an offence committed by State officials. However, over time, this offence has evolved to encompass conduct inflicted by private individuals, a development particularly important for women and children who typically experience violence in private places. This...

October 18, 2018

Analysis: International Justice for War Crimes Committed in Syria

By: Jolene Hansell Pro-democracy protests in March 2011 triggered the Syrian civil war. 7½ years later, the war continues at an incredible cost: 364,300 dead; 156,900 missing, presumed dead; 5 million refugees abroad; and 6 million internally displaced.1“Why is there War in Syria?”, BBC News (September 7, 2018), https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35806229; “Syria: Events of 2017”, Human Rights...

October 5, 2018

Analysis: The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Mali: Mandate Renewal and Evolution

By: Justin Mohammed Without much fanfare, on 28 June 2018 the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2423 (2018), renewing the mandate of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA, or “the Mission”) for another year.1S/RES/2423 (2018), 28 June 2018. The Mission was established in April 2013 and is often called the most dangerous...

September 28, 2018

Analysis: The International Criminal Court Decides that It Has Jurisdiction Over the Alleged Deportation of the Rohingya

By: James Hendry Pre-Trial Chamber 1 of the international Criminal Court has taken a progressive step toward moving the Rohingya situation to investigation by deciding that the Court had jurisdiction over the matter. The Chamber decided the question as a result of a Request from the Prosecutor under article 19(3) of the Rome Statute.1https://www.icc-cpi.int/CourtRecords/CR2018_02057.pdf, see...

September 18, 2018

Analysis: Post-War Ground Realities of Dissolving Territories and Protracted Displacement of Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka

An Analysis of the Militarization and Land Confiscation under the Lens of Persecution and Forcible Displacement as Crimes Against Humanity By: Piratheeca Vimalarajah This article assesses the militarization and post-war confiscation of lands by the Government of Sri Lanka against Eelam Tamils in the North-East under the lens of persecution and forcible transfer of population...

September 11, 2018

Analysis: International Crimes in Myanmar Alleged in Human Rights Council Report

By: James Hendry On August 24, the Human Rights Council released the Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar1Advance Unedited Version, A/HRC/39/64 at https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/FFM-Myanmar/A_HRC_39_64.pdf. in advance of its 39th session in September. This followed the flight of almost three-quarters of a million Rohingya to Bangladesh by August 2018 to live there in dire...