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Refugees from South Ossetia in a camp in the town of Alagir, North Ossetia, 16 August 2008. The ICC prosecutor is investigating alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during the South Ossetia conflict which involved Georgia and Russia. ©Evstafiev/Wikimedia Commons
ICC opens investigation in Georgia

Judges of the International Criminal Court authorized a request by the Office of the Prosecutor to investigate ICC crimes allegedly committed in the context of the 2008 armed conflict in Georgia, which also involved Russia, over the self-proclaimed territory of South Ossetia. “After almost 8 years since the August 2008 war, perpetrators continue to live with impunity while victims of grave human rights and international humanitarian law violations are left without any redress, the long-awaited opening of an ICC investigation and prospects for justice is welcome,” said Ana Natsvlishvili, chair of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association.

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Côte d’Ivoire: First former head of state trial opens at ICC

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On 28 January 2016, the International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of former Côte d’Ivoire president Laurent Gbagbo and youth leader Charles Blé Goudé opened. Both are suspected of orchestrating post-election violence that killed some 3,000 and injured thousands. This is the first time a former head of state will be tried before the ICC. “This trial can help our country to finally put an end to its crisis by fighting against impunity. It is crucial for this trial to be fair, just and impartial to make sure truth is established and known by all Ivoirians,” said Ali Ouattara, president of the Côte d’Ivoire Coalition for the ICC. Read more…

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