Free Syrian Lawyers collect war-crimes testimony

The young man sitting before lawyer Musa Amhan pulled out a small red notebook filled with names he had compiled of neighbors who had spied on residents and reported suspicious acts to Syrian intelligence. The bicycle repairman rode into the neighborhood on a tank when security forces came to arrest protesters.

France quizzes Iraqi official over ‘torture’, ‘war crimes’

French police on Thursday held an Iraqi official for questioning after a member of the exiled Iranian opposition filed a complaint against him alleging torture and war crimes, a judicial source said. The Iraqi government said the allegations made by the member of the ex-rebel People’s Mujahedeen, still blacklisted by Washington as a terrorist group, […]

Syrian army guilty of ‘war crimes’; HRW

An international human rights group has accused the Syrian military of committing war crimes just before a ceasefire came into effect on 12 April. Human Rights Watch says fighting around Idlib province, in the north, may meet the definition of an “armed conflict”, as laid down by international law.

international tribunal verdict puts despots on notice

TYRANTS like Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, to name just two, should sleep less easily following the historic conviction of former Liberian president Charles Taylor for war crimes in the neighbouring West African nation of Sierra Leone. Not since Nuremberg and the conviction of

Probe into Israeli war crimes aborted by ICC

The International Criminal Court prosecutor said Tuesday he would hold off on a probe into alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories until the UN rules on Palestinian statehood. “The office [of the prosecutor] has assessed that it is for the relevant bodies at the UN or the Assembly of State Parties to make […]