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69th Anniversary of Crimean Tatar deportation commemorated

Source : Agencies | 18 May 2013

May 18th marks 69th anniversary of the the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars under the regime of Joseph Stalin. This tragic event continues to influence the lives of the Tatars who have managed to return to their homeland, and even politics of Ukraine.

Due to hunger, thirst and disease, around 45% of the total population died during the process of deportation.

The resettlement of Crimean Tatars began in 1967, but they soon found out that their return was not welcomed.

U.S. war in Iraq costs more than $2 trillion: study

Source : Reuters | 15 Mar 2013

The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.

The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

France’s Hollande says not in Algeria to ‘apologize’

By Agencies | 20 Dec 2012

French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that he had not come to Algeria to offer “apologies” for crimes committed during the colonial period.

“I have not come here... to offer repentance or apologies. I have come to say what is true,” Hollande told a news conference in Algeria, on the first day of his landmark visit to the former French colony.

UN court acquits Karadzic of 1 genocide count

By Mike Corder | AP | The Hague | 28 Jun 2012

The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Thursday of one of the two genocide charges he faces at the halfway stage of his long-running trial.

While the dismissal of the genocide charge was a setback for prosecutors, judges upheld 10 more charges, including a genocide count covering Karadzic’s alleged involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

Bush found guilty of war crimes

By Qishin Tariq | The Star | Kuala Lumpur | 12 May 2012

The War Crimes Tribunal has convicted former US President George W. Bush and seven of his associates as war criminals for torture and inhumane treatment of war crime victims at US military facilities.

However, being a tribunal of conscience, the five-member panel chaired by tribunal president judge Lamin Mohd Yunus had no power to enforce or impose custodial sentence on the convicted eight.

ICC Refuses to Investigate Israeli War Crimes in Gaza

Source : Al Jazeera and agencies | 05 Apr 2012

The International Criminal Court has halted a Palestinian Authority bid to clear the way for the permanent war crimes tribunal to investigate an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip that began in December 2008.

Gaddafi daughter applies to ICC over brother Saif

Source : Reuters | 31 Jan 2012

The daughter of Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi asked on Tuesday to make representations to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to help her brother Saif al-Islam, who is in a Libyan jail awaiting trial on rape and murder charges.

Aisha Gaddafi wants to hand information to the court about the welfare of Saif al-Islam, who has also been indicted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity dating from Libya's civil war last year.

All religions not immune to being used to justify “holy” war

By Kamran Pasha | Huffington Post | 24 Dec 2011

Can war ever be holy? It is a question that continues to confront us as terror in the name of religion remains very much a tragic part of the human experience. While the news primarily focuses on Muslim fanatics who justify violence through religion, 2011 was also the year that Christian extremists shared their brand of madness.

The murderous rampage in Norway on July 22, 2011 by Anders Behring Breivik, a self-proclaimed Christian “holy warrior,” left over 70 innocent people dead, mostly teenagers.

Kadhafi Killing Could Be War Crime: ICC Prosecutor

Source : AFP | 16 Dec 2011

The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor has said there are serious suspicions that the killing of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi was a war crime.

Luis Moreno Ocampo also said the Libyan government must tell the court by January 10 whether they will hand over Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam.

Bush, Blair guilty in Malaysia ‘war crimes trial’

By AFP / Kuala Lumpur / 22 Nov 2011

Former U.S. president George W. Bush and British ex-prime minister Tony Blair were Tuesday found guilty at a mock tribunal in Malaysia for committing “crimes against peace” during the Iraq war.

The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, part of an initiative by former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad − a fierce critic of the Iraq war − found the former leaders guilty after a four-day hearing.

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