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May 13 2015

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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court warned Israel she may be forced to decide whether to launch a full-scale investigation based on Palestinian allegations. Fatou Bensouda told AP that she hasn’t received any information yet from either side regarding last summer’s Gaza war and urged Israel and the Palestinians to provide information to her. Bensouda opened a preliminary examination in mid-January after the Palestinians accepted the court’s jurisdiction dating back to just before last year’s Gaza war. More than 2,200 Palestinians, and 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians were killed.
ICC prosecutor urges Israel to give material for Gaza probe (RT News, May 13 2015)

March 05 2015

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PLO to file ICC case against Israel in April | Maan News Agency

“‘One of the first important steps will be filing a complaint against Israel at the ICC on April 1 over the (2014) Gaza war and settlement activity,’ said Mohammed Shtayyeh, a member of the executive committee of the PLO.

On Jan. 2, the PLO moved to formally join the Hague-based court in a process which is due to take effect on April 1, setting the scene for potential legal action against Israeli officials for alleged war crimes.

Israel reacted furiously, and quickly moved to cut off millions of dollars in monthly tax payments it collects on behalf of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority, exacerbating an already severe financial crisis.

There was no immediate response from Israel, with foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon refusing to react to a declaration which he described as ‘speculative and hypothetical.’

On Jan. 16, the ICC announced ‘a preliminary examination’ into Israel's actions over a period beginning in June which included last year's war in Gaza in which about 2,200 Palestinians were killed.”

November 19 2014

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October 16 2014

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The Relevance of the International Criminal Court for Palestine

by Rizeq Shuqair, IHL Advisor - “Palestinians in general are in favor of joining the Rome Statute. A small minority, however, warns against such a step, arguing that Palestinians too could be brought before the ICC should this happen. This paper sheds light on a number of issues relating to how the ICC would benefit Palestinians. It attempts to clear away confusion and to help Palestinians make the decisions which best serve their national interests.”

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January 12 2014

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‘Systematic torture’: Dossier accusing UK politicians of Iraq war crimes goes to ICC — RT News

From the report:

The ICC has been urged to investigate the alleged war crimes of UK politicians during the Iraq conflict. A dossier detailing reports of sexual assault, torture and mock executions carried out by British soldiers in Iraq has been submitted to the Court.

The 250-page document entitled “The Responsibility of UK Officials for War Crimes Involving Systematic Detainee Abuse in Iraq from 2003-2008”, published by the German-based European Centre for Constitutional Human Rights, calls for "opening of an investigation” into the actions of senior British officials during the conflict.

The document compiles testimonies from over 400 Iraqis, constituting “thousands of allegations of mistreatment amounting to war crimes of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” Among the documented crimes are brutal acts of physical abuse, including “hooding prisoners, electric shocks, burning, sexual assault, cultural and religious humiliation, rape and simulated executions.”

Given the scope and systematic nature of the crimes between 2003 and 2008, the Centre for Constitutional Human Rights lays the blame at the feet of “individuals at the highest levels” of the UK army and political system. The report alleges that members of the UK government were aware, or should have been aware, of the abuses being committed by their soldiers, but even so, failed to act.

“Civilian superiors knew or consciously disregarded information at their disposal, which clearly indicated that UK services personnel were committing war crimes in Iraq,” writes the report. It highlights a number of British politicians alleging their guilt of war crimes. Ex-defense secretary, Geoff Hoon, and army chief, General Sir Peter Wall, are just two of the high-ranking politicians implicated in the systematic abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

The complaint argues that "the pattern of abusive treatment by UK services personnel in Iraq continued over almost six years of military operations", as quoted by the Independent on Sunday, and calls for an investigation into the alleged war crimes, under Article 15 of the Rome Statute.

The UK government responded, saying it rejected claims of “systematic torture,” but regretted a “small number” of cases had taken place. In these cases, the UK claims the necessary legal steps were taken and the families of those affected were duly compensated.

“These matters are either under thorough investigation, or have been dealt with through various means including through the Iraq historic allegations team, independent public inquiries, the UK and European courts and in parliament,” a government spokesman said.

The ICC has previously stated “there was a reasonable basis to believe that crimes within the jurisdiction of the court had been committed, namely willful killing and inhuman treatment" by British soldiers. However, prosecutors said the number of cases – around 20 – was too little to warrant an investigation into possible war crimes.

September 05 2013

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BBC News - Kenya MPs vote to withdraw from ICC

The motion, tabled by majority leader Adan Duale, said the pair [President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, charged by ICC] had been "lawfully elected" and the government should take steps to "immediately" withdraw from the Rome Statute, which established the ICC.

The sentence stating that Kenya would "suspend any links, co-operation and assistance" to the ICC was removed during the debate but it did call for the government to withdraw from the Rome Statue.

Mr Duale noted that the US had refused to sign the Rome Statute to protect its citizens and soldiers from potential politically motivated prosecutions.

"Let us protect our citizens. Let us defend the sovereignty of the nation of Kenya," Mr Duale is quoted as saying.

MPs from the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord), led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, walked out of the debate, calling the motion "capricious" and "ill-considered".

Kenya's withdrawal would not bring "honour to the nation and dignity to our leaders", Cord said in a statement.

"Kenya cannot exist outside the realm of international law," it said.

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