CCIJ Public Cases, Interventions and Other Items of Interest

January 31, 2012

  • Haiti’s judicial authorities decided to drop charges against Duvalier for alleged crimes against humanity. He will only stand for corruption charges. The decision is likely to be appealed. Read More
January 31, 2012

  • Quebec Court of Appeal overturns the Quebec Superior Court’s decision in the Anvil Mining Case.A disappointing decision for victims of the 2004 Kilwa massacre. The next step is to see if the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case. Read More
January 23, 2012

  • Leon Mugesera, a former Rwandan government official alleged to have given a speech that was later used to encourage others to carry out the Rwandan genocide was deported on January 23, 2012. Read More
January 18, 2012

  • Embassy Magazine looks at the government’s failure to act on a four-year-old report recommending more funding for the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Program.Matt Eisenbrandt, legal director of the CCIJ, stated the CCIJ’s position– “There needs to be a big boost in resources as well as a realignment of the government’s priorities away from deportations and more on criminal investigations and prosecutions.” Read More
December 16, 2011

  • In August 2011, the Court ruled that Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, the son of the former Iranian president, does not have immunity in the torture of Houshang Bouzari and granted Bouzari a judgment against him. Mark Arnold, a member of CCIJ’s Advisory Committee, and David Matas, a member of CCIJ’s Board of Directors represented Bouzari in the suit against Iran. Read more


December 12, 2011

  • Gambian lawyer Fatou Bensouda was elected as the new International Criminal Court prosecutor. She is presently serving as the ICC deputy prosecutor. Bensouda will replace Luis Moreno-Ocampo in mid 2012 when he officially retires from office.

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