May 4, 2012 |
AMSTERDAM - Former Liberian president Charles Taylor deserves an 80-year sentence for the war crimes he was convicted of last week, including aiding and abetting murder and rape on a mass scale, prosecutors said in a written filing Thursday. Judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone ruled April 26 that Taylor played a crucial role in helping rebels continue a bloody rampage during that West African nation's 11-year civil war, which ended in 2002 with more than 50,000 dead. They found Taylor guilty of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in arming the Sierra Leone rebels in exchange for "blood diamonds" mined by slave laborers and smuggled across the border.
December 7, 1987 |
The commission handpicked by Austrian President Kurt Waldheim to investigate his assertions of innocence in Nazi war crimes will reveal evidence that is likely to force his resignation, the Chicago Sun-Times reported yesterday. Alois Mock, a leader of Austria's ruling coalition, has told British and U.S. officials that when the commission's report is made public next month, he will divorce himself and his People's Conservative Party from Waldheim, the Sun-Times said in a London-datelined article.
March 14, 2006
"Justice delayed is justice denied," said William E. Gladstone, the 19th century British prime minister. Somewhere in hell, Slobodan Milosevic is nodding his head. The world - and more important, surviviors of the old Yugoslavia - now will never know what verdict would have been rendered in the case brought against Milosevic by an international war-crimes tribunal. That is a shame. It's a loss for the cause of finding justice for crimes against humanity. Milosevic, 64 and suffering from heart problems and high blood pressure, died last weekend in his jail cell in the Hague, the Dutch city where the tribunal is located.
May 27, 2011 |
BELGRADE, Serbia - After 16 years on the run, a frail and haggard Ratko Mladic was hauled before a judge Thursday - the first step in facing charges for international war crimes, including the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995. No longer the fearsome, bullnecked military commander, Mladic, 69, was arrested by Serbian intelligence agents in a predawn raid at a relative's house in a northern Serbia village. The act was trumpeted by the government as a victory for a country worthy of European Union membership and Western embrace.
June 13, 2003 |
House OKs own tax bill, snubbing Bush, Senate Defying President Bush and Senate Republicans, the House yesterday approved an $82 billion tax-cut bill that would make 6.5 million low-income families wait a year to get a child tax credit everyone else will get this year. The vote also sets up a fight with the Senate, which passed a $10 billion measure that would give tax rebates this year to poor families and certain military personnel. Both of those groups were left out of the $330 billion tax-cut measure Bush ushered through Congress last month, and Bush and Senate Republicans reacted to criticism it was further evidence the tax cuts favored the rich at the expense of the poor.
October 25, 1992 |
THE ANATOMY OF THE NUREMBERG TRIALS By Telford Taylor Alfred A. Knopf. 703 pp. $35 Two months into the first Nuremberg trial of Nazi war criminals that followed World War II, Sir Norman Birkett, the alternate British judge on a tribunal that included French, Soviet, British and American justices, shared his thoughts with a friend: The thing that sustains me is the knowledge that this trial can be a very great landmark in the history...
November 30, 2012 |
PRISTINA, Kosovo - A former prime minister of Kosovo pledged a return Thursday to political life after a U.N. war-crimes tribunal acquitted him for the second time of murdering and torturing Serbs and their supporters in Kosovo's war for independence. Ramush Haradinaj returned to jubilant crowds in Kosovo and was given the red carpet treatment and greeted by Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. "I am happy that international justice has confirmed our path to freedom was just and clean," Haradinaj said during a news conference flanked by Thaci.
March 3, 1993 |
Who is the United Nations Security Council trying to scare with its threats of retribution for war crimes in the Balkans? That kind of rhetoric certainly did nothing to halt the criminal ways of Iraq's Saddam Hussein. Only one week after the security council aimed its Resolution 808 at "serious violations of international humanitarian law in the territory of former Yugoslavia since 1991," a less influential section of the U.N. heard a fact-finder's account of the genocidal campaign Saddam has waged over the same span of time against the Marsh Arabs of Southern Iraq.
February 26, 1993 |
Jerome Shestack has put away the bulletproof vest. But the prominent Philadelphia attorney can't put away the tales of atrocities heard in a recent visit to the Balkans, where he took the vest he borrowed with him for protection. Or the feelings of disillusionment that besiege him and others in the human rights movement as they watch whole regions of the world ripped apart by factional hatreds. Shestack, chairman of the International League for Human Rights, last month led a delegation to gather evidence of atrocities in Bosnia to present to a United Nations commission on war crimes.
July 2, 2012 |
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Ten years ago, the treaty that created the International Criminal Court came into force, creating the world's first permanent war-crimes tribunal. But as the anniversary is marked Sunday, allegations of state-sponsored atrocities in Syria are piling up and the court stands powerless to intervene, while the first person it indicted, Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, is still at large and his brutal militia, the Lord's Resistance Army, continues its reign of terror.