International criminal court (ICC)

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that is located in The Hague, Netherlands. The ICC has the authority to prosecute individuals for international crimes. The ICC’s jurisdiction includes the prosecuting individuals for crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. The ICC is meant to complement existing national judicial systems so it can only exercise its jurisdiction if the national judicial system is unwilling or unable to prosecute the criminals. Additionally, the ICC does not have universal jurisdiction so it may only investigate and prosecute crimes committed within member states, crimes committed by nationals of member states, or crimes in situations that are referred to the Court by the United Nations Security Council. If a state is not a member of the Rome Statute treaty, then individuals in their states cannot be investigated or prosecuted for crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. As of November 2019, there are 123 ICC member states and 42 states that are non-party, non-signatory states. 

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September 25, 2020

President Ouattara’s former ally says his candidacy is ‘unchangeable and irrevocable’ despite rejection by top court.

Former rebel leader Guillaume Soro has warned that Ivory Coast is teetering on the edge after a court invalidated his candidacy amid rising tensions ove...

September 23, 2020

On September 18, 2020, Genocide Watch partnered with The Antiquities Coalition and Blue Shield International to submit an Amicus Curiae brief to the ICC. The observations were submitted in the appeal for the Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda case. 

Bosco Ntaganda, the Former...

Reported video confessions could be used as evidence in international criminal court.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees remain in Bangladesh after fleeing the violence in Myanmar. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Two Myanmar soldiers have detailed a camp...

The Antiquities Coalition, Blue Shield International, and Genocide Watch submitted a Request for Leave to Submit Amicus Curiae Observations to the International Criminal Court in the Appeal of The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda.  The request was approved by the ICC.


August 21, 2020

Four killed after clashes between protesters and police in the West African country after Alassane Ouattara's decision.

At least four people have been killed in clashes in Ivory Coast as hundreds took to the streets following President Alassane Ouattara's decision to ru...

August 16, 2020

Des hauts officiers de l’armée et de la police nationale congolaises sont visés par des enquêtes sur le massacre de la population en 2017 à Nganza dans le Kasaï central. Selon plusieurs ONG, environ 300 civils assimilés aux miliciens de Kamwina Nsapu avaient été tués....

August 16, 2020

Ouattara rejects claims by his opponents who say a two-term limit in the constitution bars him from running again.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has said he would seek re-election in October, formally accepting the governing party's nomination to be its candid...

July 22, 2020

Amnesty says Myanmar military carried out 'indiscriminate' air strikes in Rakhine, calls for war crimes investigation.

Myanmar's military has killed civilians, including children, in indiscriminate air attacks amid worsening conflict in the country's western Rakhine and...

July 21, 2020

If convicted, the 76-year-old, who is already in prison for corruption, could face the death penalty.

Sudan's former President Omar al-Bashir, who was overthrown last year by the military in the face of mass protests against his rule, has gone on trial in the capital ov...

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