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First verdicts of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

21/06/2007 – 9:03 pm | Comments Off on First verdicts of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

On 20th June 2007, the Special Court for Sierra Leone has reached its first verdicts. According to a press release (here) three former leaders of Sierra Leone’s Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) have been found guilty on 11 grounds. These were the following:
 

Count 1 (acts of terrorism)

Count 2 (collective punishments)

Count 3 (extermination)

Count 4 (murder, a crime against humanity)

Count 5 (murder, a war crime)

Count 6 (rape)

Count …

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

14/06/2007 – 10:00 pm | Comments Off on Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

In the case C-432/05 (Unibet [London] Ltd, Unibet [International] Ltd v. Justitiekanslern) the European Court of Justice once again managed to refer to the – still legally non-binding – Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
And as before in the case C-540/03 it seems as if the Court did not actually have to refer to the Charter in order to present a convincing legal …

Could an Islamic human rights court become reality?

14/06/2007 – 9:55 pm | Comments Off on Could an Islamic human rights court become reality?

According to a report by the Malaysian “New Straits Times” the idea of an Islamic court, dealing solely with human rights issues between and involving Islamic nations, might soon become a reality. Of course, the mere fact of creating a judicial institution focusing on the protection of human rights must be welcomed. Not at least, since the impact of such an institution on the overall …