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PH drug war killings reach 'threshold of crimes against humanity' – report

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Amnesty International urges the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, among others, to expedite investigations into killings in the Philippines

UNDAS 2017. A Mass is held on October 31, 2017, the eve of All Saints' Day, for victims of drug war killings in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Amnesty urges ICC to probe 'crimes against humanity' in Venezuela

May 15, 2019 - 12:29 AM

Amnesty International believes Nicolas Maduro's government responded with "a systematic and widespread policy of repression" in late January during anti-government protests

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) delivers a speech next to the president of the ruling Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello during a military parade in Caracas on April 13, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Thousands sign petition backing ICC complaint vs China's Xi

Mar 24, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Petitioners support two former Philippine officials for bringing Chinese President Xi Jinping to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity

BACKED. Press conference by former SFA Albert del Rosario and former Ombudswoman Conchita Carpio Morales at the Manila Polo club, Makati. March 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva

Malacañang: Ex-PH officials' ICC case vs Xi 'a futile exercise'

Mar 23, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo provides reasons why the complaint of former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales may not prosper at the International Criminal Court

PIVOT TO CHINA. Philippine relations with  China warmed under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, seen in this photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Malacanang photo

Ex-PH officials: ICC complaint vs China 'to check impunity'

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are certainly doing it for the marginalized fishermen, for us as a whole, and for other countries,' says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

XI JINPING CASE. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (right) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (left) speak at a press conference at the complaint they filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says ICC case won’t threaten PH relations with China

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte downplays the impact of a case filed by former officials from the Philippines against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court

LEADERS, FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after anl expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacanang photo

Ex-PH officials bring China's Xi to Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 21, 2019 - 4:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales accuse China of crimes against humanity in the South China Sea

CHINESE LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press statement with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang in Manila on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

Maute terrorist convicted in Taguig court over Marawi siege

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Junaid Macauyag Awal is found guilty of rebellion and violating the law on crimes against humanity

SIEGE. Marawi City was razed by a siege that lasted for 148 days. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

U.N. probe accuses Israel of possible crimes against humanity

Feb 28, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The investigators specify that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli troops killed and injured Palestinians 'who were neither directly participating in hostilities, nor posing an imminent threat'

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. File photo by Said Khatib / AFP

ICC halts release of Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

Jan 17, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Prosecutors file a last-ditch challenge to keep Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude behind bars while the ICC looks at an overall appeal against the decision to acquit them

ICC DECISION. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 15, 2019. Photo by Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP

Central Africa ex-militia leader extradited to ICC for trial

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Central African Republic lawmaker and former militia leader Alfred Yekatom is the first to be extradited from the country to the International Criminal Court

EX-MILITIA. In this file photo taken on October 29, 2018 members of the armed forces arrest Central African MP Alfred Yekatom aka "Rambo" (C), who represents the southern M'baiki district former militia leader, after he fired the gun at the parliament in Bangui. Photo by Gael Grilhot/AFP

EXPLAINER: What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte?

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls it a 'sham proceeding' and 'propaganda by the Left'

Russia 'skeptical' over UN Syrian crimes against humanity report

Jun 21, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The report says forces loyal to the Syrian government had deliberately starved civilians during the siege between February and April, among other crimes.

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a press conference after his meeting with UN Secretary General in Moscow on June 21, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

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Duterte insists Int'l Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over him

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'You cannot acquire jurisdiction over me, not in a million years,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES10) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on March 6, 2018, warns the public officials not to commit corruption during his term. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Respect for national proceedings?

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

If what Harry Roque means about 'national proceeding' is such national criminal proceeding against Duterte, the question is to be asked: is there or has there been such national criminal investigation against Duterte in the first place?

Amnesty International urges ICC to start probe into PH drug war killings

Dec 04, 2017 - 8:02 AM

'It is time [to] end the carnage on Philippine streets.... The country's judiciary and police have proven themselves both unwilling and unable to hold the killers in the war on drugs to account,' the human rights group says

Schoolmates pay their last visit during the wake of Kian Delos Santos on August 25, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PROFILE: Who is Ratko Mladic, the 'Butcher of Bosnia'?

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:23 PM

To the families of the victims of the Bosnian War, Ratko Mladic will forever be associated with the bloody 44-month siege of Sarajevo and the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica

EVIL, THEN AND NOW. This combination of pictures shows (L) Ratko Mladic then Bosnian Serb General looking on in Sarajevo on on February 15, 1994 and (R) Mladic smiling as he enters the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on November 22, 2017, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial. 1994 photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP; 2017 photo by Peter Dejong/Pool/AFP

Ratko Mladic, 'Butcher of Bosnia,' found guilty of genocide

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) The court finds him guilty on 10 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1992-1995 war that killed 100,000 people and displaced 2.2 million

CONVICTED MASS MURDERER. Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic enters the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on November 22, 2017, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial. Peter Dejong/Pool/AFP

Historic verdict due in genocide trial of 'Butcher of Bosnia'

Nov 22, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The man, who remains a hero to many in Serbia, has denied 11 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1992-1995 war

CRY FOR JUSTICE. In this file photo, a member of the 'Mothers of Srebrenica' demonstrates next to a portrait of Bosnian Serb ex-army chief Ratko Mladic during a demonstration in front of the European Court of Human Rights (CEDH) in Strasbourg, eastern France, on October 11, 2012.  Frederick Florin/AFP

'Butcher of Bosnia' faces historic war crimes verdict

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:25 AM

The judgement and possible sentencing before the Yugoslav war crimes court in The Hague marks the culmination of a case spanning 22 years against Ratko Mladic

THE 'BUTCHER' NOW. This file photo taken on May 16, 2012 shows former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic siting at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague before the opening of his war crimes trial. Toussaint Kluiters/Pool/AFP

'Mounting evidence' of Myanmar genocide – watchdogs

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Myanmar security forces slit the throats of Muslim Rohingya, burned victims alive, and gang-raped women and girls, according to two separate reports detailing mounting evidence of genocide

EXODUS. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

[OPINION] Investigating Duterte: Pinochet and Nuremberg as precedents

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Perpetrators of horrendous crimes are considered enemies of humanity, and can be tried and punished anywhere in the world by virtue of the principle of universal jurisdiction

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ombudsman has the power to probe President Duterte for mass murders

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The President does not have real immunity from criminal prosecution for genocide, war crimes, and other crimes against humanity penalized under Republic Act 9851

12 considerations on Duterte and the ICC

Apr 25, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The weight of opinion is that this is a proper case of the ICC. There is immense interest in moving this forward, and I think we will get some traction soon.

COMPLAINT VS DUTERTE. Filipino lawyer Jude Sabio files a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court. Photo courtesy of Jude Sabio.

ICC case vs Duterte is PH's 'last recourse' – opposition lawmakers

Mar 14, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The congressmen argue that the ICC may step in if the Philippines is 'shown to be unwilling or unable to investigate, prosecute, and try in good faith'

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Police, military officials liable for Duterte's illegal kill orders

Mar 05, 2017 - 10:45 AM

The Rome Statute is precisely designed to demolish the wall of impunity with which state officials commit human rights violations, like the ones occurring on a virtually daily basis in our midst

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Yes, Int'l Criminal Court can prosecute Duterte for killing spree

Mar 04, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The Philippines effectively domesticated the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court when it enacted Republic Act 9851 – the commander in chief can be held liable for crimes against humanity

DRUG WAR'S TOLL. Three suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Escudero wants Amnesty Int'l to face Senate probe into its report

Feb 02, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Ito y seryosong alegasyon nanggaling pa sa international body Dapat alamin kung may basehan nga ba o wala dahil dumudungis ito sa imahe ng ating bansa says Senator Francis Escudero

PROBE. Senator Francis Escudero is set to file a resolution calling for an investigation into the Amnesty International report that said police pay its men and assassins to kill drug suspects. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Int'l criminal court should probe Duterte's war on drugs

Oct 05, 2016 - 9:36 AM

Former International Criminal Court official and Harvard law professor Alex Whiting says an urgent action from the court will send a strong signal to President Rodrigo Duterte

Int'l court may probe drug-related killings in PH – CHR

Aug 23, 2016 - 7:41 PM

The ICC may intervene if the government fails to address the issue of extrajudicial killings, says CHR chief Chito Gascon

4 AM. Bodies of 2 females killed by summary execution are found near Paco Park in Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Peru ex-president Fujimori's embezzlement sentence overturned

Aug 17, 2016 - 1:27 PM

The decision will not alter the 25 year prison term he is serving for crimes against humanity

In this file photo, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori attends his trial in Lima, Peru, December 29, 2014. Paolo Aguilar/EPA

Eritrean leaders guilty of crimes against humanity – UN probe

Jun 08, 2016 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED The government of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki is said to have committed systematic enslavement forcible conscription and other abuses

epa05351341 Mike Smith, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on human rights in Eritrea, informs the media about his second report on Human Rights situation in Eritrea, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 08 June 2016. EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

Chad ex-dictator gets life sentence for regime's crimes

May 30, 2016 - 10:21 PM

A special court in sentences former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre to life in prison for war crimes crimes against humanity and a litany of other charges including rape

SENTENCED. Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre (C) reacts as he is escorted in to stand trial by Senegalese police at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal, 20 July 2015. Photo by EPA

Former DRCongo leader Bemba guilty of war crimes in Central African Republic: ICC

Mar 21, 2016 - 10:35 PM

International judges find former Congolese vice president Jean Pierre Bemba guilty on all five counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity carried out by his private army in Central African Republic a decade ago

GUILTY. Supporters of former rebel and vice president Jean Pierre Bemba show his pictures in Kinshasa 26 October 2006. Photo by Lionel Healing / AFP

UN council to meet Thursday on North Korea rights violations

Dec 05, 2015 - 10:45 AM

A UN special rapporteur says there had been no improvement in the dire human rights situation over the past year

SECOND TIME. The UN Security Council will convene December 10 to discuss human rights violations in North Korea. File photo by Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo

Khmer Rouge cadres held killing competitions, court hears

Sep 14, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Brother Number Two Nuon Chea 89 and ex head of state Khieu Samphan 84 are on trial at a UN backed court in Cambodia for the killing of ethnic Vietnamese and Muslim minorities and for the regime s use of forced marriage and rape

GENOCIDE MUSEUM. A photo made available on 16 April 2015 shows skulls of Khmer Rouge victims on display at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 prison), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 10 April 2015. Photo by Mak Remissa/EPA

Senegal tries Chad dictator in test for African justice

Jul 21, 2015 - 9:01 AM

Once dubbed Africa s Pinochet 72 year old Hissene Habre has been in custody in Dakar since his arrest in June 2013

DEFIANT. Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre (C) reacts as he is escorted in to stand trial by Senegalese police at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal, July 20, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Senegal to stage 'historic' trial of Chadian former despot Habre

Jul 19, 2015 - 11:56 AM

The landmark trial will set a historic precedent as until now African leaders accused of atrocities have been tried in international courts

DICTATOR. This is a portrait of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre. Image from Wikimedia Commons

UN expert demands international action on North Korea abductions

Mar 17, 2015 - 9:08 AM

Marzuki Darusman: There is a real sense of urgency to solve this matter once and for all

Marzuki Darusman, Member of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea during Launch of the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. 17 February 2014. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré/UN Photo

ICC prosecutor in Uganda after LRA rebel chief's capture

Feb 26, 2015 - 11:13 PM

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will tour northern Uganda on a 5 day visit

A woman walks up to the offices of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, 01 July 2002. Robin Utrecht/EPA/ANP/AFP

Crimes against humanity, but not genocide, in North Korea – UN commission head

Feb 18, 2015 - 8:35 AM

The head of a UN inquiry into rights violations in North Korea says Pyongyang s actions while constituting a crime against humanity falls short of genocide

Michael Kirby, head of the UN commission of inquiry into North Korea's human rights violations, at the United Nations headquarters, October 2014. Ayee Macaraig/File/Rappler

Court hears Khmer Rouge slit prisoner throats, ate organs

Jan 21, 2015 - 6:37 PM

The gruesome testimonies come as the genocide trial of the two most senior surviving leaders resumes

ON TRIAL. In this file photo, a TV screen shows former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan (top-C), as Cambodians line up at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 30 July 2014. Mak Remissa/EPA

Kenya's president 'vindicated' after ICC drops charges

Dec 06, 2014 - 1:23 PM

It comes two days after the ICC s judges gave prosecutors one week to strengthen or drop the charges against Kenyatta saying a trial could no longer be postponed

VINDICATED. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands on October 8, 2014. File photo by Peter De Jong/Pool/EPA

ICC gives prosecutors deadline to finalize Kenyatta trial

Dec 04, 2014 - 10:02 AM

Kenyatta 53 faces five charges of crimes against humanity for allegedly masterminding deadly post election violence in the east African country in 2007 08

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, 08 October 2014. Peter De Jong/Pool/EPA

UN, PH vote for key rights resolution vs North Korea

Nov 19, 2014 - 11:33 AM

111 countries including the Philippines vote to pass a landmark United Nations resolution seeking to refer North Korea’s human rights atrocities to the International Criminal Court ICC

A view of the General Assembly meeting on the Human Rights Council’s 2014 report, 17 November 2014, at the United Nations, New York. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

UN to hold key vote on North Korea war crimes probe

Nov 18, 2014 - 12:00 PM

The General Assembly is expected to vote in its third committee on the measure drafted by the European Union and Japan that strongly condemns human rights abuses in North Korea and calls for a war crimes probe

KIM JONG-UN. An undated picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on November 17, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un touring a military foodstuff processing factory at an unknown location in North Korea. Photo by EPA/KCNA

UN confronts North Korea over crimes against humanity

Nov 16, 2014 - 1:59 PM

A UN General Assembly committee will decide on a EU and Japan drafted resolution that could compel North Korea to answer human rights abuses

A photo made available on 10 June 2009 showing a view of the Tower of the Juche Idea and residential buildings across the Taedong river at twilight in North Korea's capital city Pyongyang, 06 June 2009. Bill Smith/EPA

Iraq retakes strategic town from jihadists

Nov 15, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Its recapture further isolates militants farther south in the city of Tikrit the hometown of executed dictator Saddam Hussein

'COMPLETE CONTROL.' A file picture dated 11 March 2009 shows the oil refinery in Baiji, Iraq. Sunni militants from the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) reportedly captured large parts of Iraq's largest oil refinery. File photo by STR/EPA

Under rights pressure, N. Korea sends envoy to Russia

Nov 14, 2014 - 1:42 PM

The UN resolution to refer North Korea s leaders to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity charges is likely to receive blocks by China and possibly Russia