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Holding Russia accountable for war crimes

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In wartime, it is rare that people are held accountable for the crimes they commit. Sometimes justice takes decades, or it never comes. But cell phones and city surveillance videos mean that atrocities can be caught on cameras. Dina Temple-Raston, the host of the podcast, “Click Here,” reports that Ukrainian officials are working with the International Criminal Court to collect the data and file cases so those who commit war crimes don’t go free.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda speaks at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, in this this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo.

Israel has a stake in Biden administration’s decision to lift ICC sanctions

Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona is seen only from the head up, blocked mostly by ICC judges standing in the nearground.

Alleged CAR militia leaders reject ICC charges

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Environmental activists hold a banner that reads: "Because watching is not an option [anymore]," as they protest outside of a court during a hearing in a case environmentalist and human rights groups have brought against Royal Dutch Shell to force the ene

Climate activists are taking their case to court — at The Hague and beyond

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Australian special forces allegedly killed 39 unarmed Afghans — report

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Tensions continue in Darfur as Sudanese war criminal faces his day in court

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Ali Kushayb, a former militia leader, appeared at the International Criminal Court after more than a decade evading charges of war crimes against humanity. Some Darfuris say Kushayb’s arrest is a sign that justice — long-elusive — could be on the horizon.

US President Donald Trump is shown standing at a podium with his arms outstretched and rows of US soldiers wearing fatigues standing behind him.

Trump authorizes sanctions over ICC Afghanistan war crimes case


US President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order authorizing US sanctions against International Criminal Court employees involved in an investigation into whether American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 23, 2020.

International Criminal Court says Pompeo is threatening its staff

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said two members of the ICC prosecutor’s staff were driving a political effort to use the ICC to investigate Americans. In response, the ICC released a statement on March 19 that pointedly called those comments by Pompeo “threats.” 

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ICC says US can be investigated for war crimes; Putin and Erdoğan hold talks over Syria; Governments, businesses take measures to halt spread of COVID-19

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The International Criminal Court in The Hague has authorized investigations into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan, including alleged crimes by US forces. And, in Mexico, violence against women and girls has sparked outrage and calls for strikes to protest. And governments and businesses are taking increased measures to stem the spread of COVID-19. But the internet is providing some light-hearted reminders on how to keep germs at bay.

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In the western Balkans, DNA tests help families discover fate of dead relatives


DNA testing is making it possible for thousands of families to recover and identify the skeletal remains of loved ones decades after they were murdered or disappeared. But some families are traumatized and distressed by these discoveries.