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#Genocide

# genocide - Saturday 11 May, 2013

In world first, Guatemala convicts former president of genocide

Efrain Rios Montt was convicted of genocide and war crimes in a ruling arising from massacres of indigenous people in the 1980s.

# genocide - Saturday 20 April, 2013

Irish Famine 'Tribunal' to probe if it was crime against humanity

New York and Dublin law faculties to test the case, under current international law, against the-then British government for the tragedy in which one million Irish people died.

# genocide - Thursday 13 September, 2012

Cambodia genocide defendant ruled unfit for trial

Ieng Thirith, the notorious regime’s highest ranking woman, had been charged with crimes against humanity, genocide, homicide, torture and religious persecution.

# genocide - Sunday 9 September, 2012

Belgian premier apologises for WWII deportation of 25,000 Jews

The Belgian Prime Minister said the country has been “complicit in the most abominable crime” by deporting tens of thousands of Jewish people to Nazi concentration camps during the war.

# genocide - Monday 18 June, 2012

Ratko Mladic trial suspended by court - again

The trial had originally been suspended on 17 May and was due to resume next week.

# genocide - Monday 11 June, 2012

Karadzic asks judges to dismiss his genocide case

Former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic claimed he could not have foreseen the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica, in which 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered in a round of ethnic cleansing.

# genocide - Thursday 24 May, 2012

Mladic war crimes trial to resume with first witness on 25 June

Lawyers for the so-called Butcher of Bosnia were refused their request for a six-month delay.

# genocide - Wednesday 16 May, 2012

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Ratko Mladic goes on trial for war crimes...20 years later

The Bosnian Serb commander is accused of leading a bloody campaign of ethnic cleansing.

# genocide - Sunday 8 April, 2012

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Why is George Clooney watching Sudan via satellite?

Here’s what you need to know about ongoing problems between North African states Sudan and South Sudan.

# genocide - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

Sarkozy calls for new legislation on 'Armenian genocide denial'

Recent legislation relating to the deaths of thousands of Armenians in WWI was struck down yesterday by France’s Constitutional Court.

# genocide - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

French senators approve draft of Armenian 'genocide-denial' bill

Turkey has reacted angrily to France’s moves to criminalise the act of denying that the mass killings of Armenians during WWI was genocide.

# genocide - Thursday 22 December, 2011

State TV: Turkey recalls ambassador to France over genocide-denial bill

Turkey is reportedly recalling its ambassador to France over a vote in the country’s Parliament that would make it a crime to deny the WWI-era mass killings of Armenians amounts to genocide.

# genocide - Monday 5 December, 2011

Pol Pot's deputy tells court: Khmer Rouge 'were not bad people'

Nuon Chea, on trial for genocide, today denied responsibility for the mass killings of his fellow Cambodians – blaming their deaths on neighbouring Vietnam.

# genocide - Sunday 20 November, 2011

Column: I survived the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

Dublin dweller Tomi Reichental was taken to Bergen-Belsen by the Nazis as a nine-year-old boy. Here he describes his experience of its horrors.

# genocide - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

Germany returns Namibian skulls a century after colonial genocide

Descendants call for compensation as 20 skulls are returned to Namibia.

# genocide - Tuesday 5 July, 2011

Dutch state found responsible for three Srebrenica deaths

In a groundbreaking ruling, the Dutch state has been found responsible for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslim men during the bloody Srebrenica massacre of 1995 – which saw 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed by Serb forces.

# genocide - Monday 4 July, 2011

Judges enter “not guilty” plea for Mladić after kicking him out of court

The man accused of carrying out horrendous war crimes in Bosnia in the 1990s has again refused to enter a plea but judges at The Hague have done so on his behalf.

# genocide - Friday 24 June, 2011

Former Rwandan government minister found guilty of war crimes

Pauline Nyiramashuko was the first woman charged with war crimes in the 1994 genocide.

# genocide - Friday 27 August, 2010

ATROCITIES CARRIED OUT in Democratic of Congo (DRC) over a 10 year period have been classed as war crimes by the United Nations, according to a leaked draft report.

The report says that the Rwandan army could be responsible for carrying out genocide against members of the Hutu tribe in DRC, during a conflict between the two countries that spanned from 1993 to 2003.

The 600-page document outlines how Hutus were the victims of rape, murder and looting at the hands of Rwandan forces. It details how large numbers of Hutu families were rounded up and violently killed with hoes, hammers and axes, or burned alive.

It concludes that most of the victims were women, children, the elderly and the infirm.

Rwanda has blasted the findings, dismissing them as “rubbish” and an “amateurish NGO job”, according to various reports. The Rwandan government is likely to find the report highly embarrassing as it is attempting to detach itself from its own bloody past and present Rwanda as a modern country.

At one point, the draft report details Rwanda’s invasion of DRC (then Zaire) in 1996, when Rwandan Tutsis pursued fleeing DCR Hutu soldiers.

The report states:

The extent of the crimes and the large number of victims, probably in the several tens of thousands, are demonstrated by the numerous incidents detailed in the report. The extensive use of non-firearms, particularly hammers, and the systematic massacres of survivors after camps were taken prove that the number of deaths cannot be put down to the margins of war. Among the victims were mostly children, women, old and ill people.

Rwanda invaded DRC again, in 1998, when it suspected the country’s new regime supported Hutu rebels. The conflict involved eight countries and 21 militia groups. DRC’s rich mineral deposits were plundered of diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt and zinc.

Angolan rebels are also implicated for raping and looting during the invasion.

A spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights, Rupert Colville, has said that the leaked document was only a draft and that the final report (due to be published next month) would be likely to contain revisions.

However, Rwanda reportedly urging the UN to retract some of the more serious allegations contained within the report. If the changes in the final report prove to be significant, the UN could be accused of submitting to the pressure.

See this BBC report for background details of  the conflict in DRC.

# genocide - Tuesday 13 July, 2010

THE INTERNATIONAL Criminal Court (ICC) has issued a second arrest warrant for the president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, for his part in the Darfur genocide. The first warrant was issued against him in 2009 for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and he has repeatedly denied involvement in the crimes.