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January 10, 2009 | Alan M. Dershowitz, Alan M. Dershowitz is a professor of law at Harvard University. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, "The Case Against Israel's Enemies."
A temporary cease-fire in Gaza that simply allows Hamas to obtain more lethal weapons will assure a repetition of Hamas' win-win tactic of firing rockets at Israeli civilians while using Palestinian civilians as human shields. The best example of Hamas' double war crime tactic was Tuesday, when it succeeded in sending a rocket to a town less than 20 miles south of Tel Aviv and injuring a child.
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March 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The International Criminal Court on Friday handed down the second conviction in its 12-year history, finding former Congolese warlord Germain Katanga guilty on four counts of war crimes and one count of crimes against humanity. Katanga, a leader of the Patriotic Resistance Force in Ituri, one of the myriad armed militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, was found guilty of being an accomplice to murders and pillage during a 2003 attack on the village of Bogoro.
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WORLD
May 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Britain's first soldier to plead guilty to a war crime under international law was sentenced to a year in prison and dismissed from the army in connection with an Iraqi's death. Cpl. Donald Payne pleaded guilty to inhumanely treating Iraqi civilians in the southern city of Basra in 2003. He had been cleared of manslaughter charges and perverting justice. Baha Musa was among nine Iraqis taken into custody as alleged insurgents. A pathologist said he died from asphyxia caused by a stress
OPINION
January 24, 2014 | By Colleen Graffy
We don't know their names but we know their numbers, and we can see the evidence of their torture, thanks to a former crime-scene photographer who says he became a reluctant documenter of murder "on an industrial scale" committed by Bashar Assad's regime in Syria. The photographer, code-named Caesar to protect his identity after his defection from Syria, says he worked in the military police for 13 years documenting crime scenes and accidents. But after the civil war began, Caesar says, Assad's government put his skill-set to a different use: photographing the bodies of detainees who had been killed by the regime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1999
Russia has sent a chilling ultimatum to the estimated 40,000 people who remain huddled in the cellars and bomb shelters of Grozny, the capital of embattled Chechnya. They have been warned to leave the city by Saturday, using a designated escape route, or die. In four days Moscow intends to launch all-out air and artillery attacks that it hopes will wipe out the thousands of armed Islamic rebels still believed to be in the capital. Grozny already is largely depopulated.
NEWS
October 20, 1995 | Associated Press
Recent reports of mass killings, rapes and expulsions by Serbs against Muslims in northern Bosnia may lead to more war crime indictments, a U.S. human rights envoy said Thursday. U.N. aid officials estimate that more than 22,000 Muslims and Croats have been forced from their homes in Serb-held areas of northern Bosnia since mid-September. John Shattuck, a U.S. assistant secretary of state who interviewed refugees from the area, said the incidents described to him were "horrendous."
WORLD
May 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.N. war crimes tribunal quashed the conviction of a former Bosnian Serb army commander for complicity in genocide in the Srebrenica massacre, but said he still had to serve 15 years for related crimes. Col. Vidoje Blagojevic had helped with the transfer of Bosnian Muslims from the U.N.'s so-called safe area of Srebrenica in 1995. As many as 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered there by Serb forces.
WORLD
January 26, 2009 | Ashraf Khalil
Israeli Prime Minster Ehud Olmert on Sunday defended his country's 22-day offensive in the Gaza Strip and pledged to defend the military against international calls for an investigation of potential war crimes. "The soldiers and commanders who were sent on missions in Gaza must know that they are safe from various tribunals and that the state of Israel will assist them on this issue and defend them," Olmert said before his weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.
WORLD
September 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Hezbollah militants broke international law by firing thousands of rockets into Israel and killing dozens of civilians during the recent conflict, Amnesty International said Thursday. The London-based human rights group called for a United Nations inquiry into what it said were war crimes by Israel and Hezbollah, but its report focused on the actions of Hezbollah fighters during the 34-day war. The report is Amnesty International's most extensive condemnation of Hezbollah.
OPINION
May 31, 2006
Re "Photos Indicate Civilians Slain Execution-Style," May 27 A widely quoted government official said the execution-style slaying of unarmed Iraqis by U.S. Marines represented "a total breakdown in morality and leadership, with tragic results." Let's stop acting shocked at such horrors. War has always produced these atrocities. We consider the killing of innocents exceptional when in fact it is inherent in war. We train our young soldiers to kill but want them to keep their honor and sanity.
WORLD
December 2, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
Syrian President Bashar Assad is implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country's ongoing civil war, the United Nations' human rights chief said Monday. A U.N. panel of experts, which has been investigating abuses in Syria, has gathered a "massive" amount of evidence indicating such crimes were committed, said Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights. "The evidence indicates responsibility at the highest level of government, including the head of state," Pillay said at a news conference in Geneva.
WORLD
October 1, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- A special Bangladeshi court sentenced a top opposition politician to hang Tuesday after he was found guilty on charges of murder, arson and crimes against humanity linked to the country's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. The ruling prompted police and paramilitary forces to step up security across the country. The 172-page verdict against Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party is the sixth death sentence handed down against Islamist opposition leaders by a special war crimes tribunal.
WORLD
September 17, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - A day after United Nations inspectors confirmed a nerve gas attack in Syria, the European Union's foreign policy chief joined many of America's closest allies in demanding that Syria's leaders be brought to justice for what U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called a war crime. That isn't likely to happen, however. In addition to Russian and Chinese objections, the Obama administration has withheld support, partly because it doesn't want to jeopardize any deal that might end the bloodshed in Syria.
WORLD
September 11, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Summary executions, torture, hostage-taking and indiscriminate shelling of civilian homes are among the war crimes committed by both sides in the Syrian conflict, a special investigative panel of the United Nations Human Rights Council reported Wednesday. The report, based on 258 interviews with survivors of the violence and refugees from Syria, warned of a frightening escalation in recent months of acts in defiance of international law. Eight of nine investigated massacres in which the perpetrators could be reliably identified were blamed on government forces under Syrian President Bashar Assad, the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
Rochus Misch never expressed regret over his wartime service or doubts about the man he and his comrades called "the boss. " Misch was Adolf Hitler's bodyguard, messenger and telephone operator. He had tea and cookies with Hitler's sister in Vienna. He delivered a congratulatory bouquet from Hitler to a young musician who had just announced his engagement. He was in the next room of the infamous Berlin bunker when Hitler and Eva Braun, the longtime mistress who two days earlier had become the Nazi leader's wife, killed themselves on April 30, 1945.
WORLD
August 27, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
With Western leaders claiming to have irrefutable evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people, support for punitive military action is mounting among nations horrified by what they say was a war crime. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Turkey and Syria's concerned Arab neighbors have vowed to act forcefully to deter Syria or any other nation from resorting to use of banned weapons. What remained undecided, analysts said Monday, was the nature, scope and timing of the action to punish Assad for the apparent Aug. 21 gas attacks that may have killed more than 1,000 people.
NEWS
November 16, 2001 | From Reuters
Six years after Bosnia's ethnic war ended, the Bosnian Serb republic says it has started the hunt for its fugitive war crimes suspects. Prime Minister Mladen Ivanic said those being sought include the two most wanted suspects: wartime leader Radovan Karadzic and his top general, Ratko Mladic. "I know that judicial authorities have created conditions for the search for these people, and that the search is ongoing," Ivanic said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1995 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A heart-wrenching exhibition, scrutinizing atrocities committed against tens of millions of Chinese and other Asians by the Japanese military before and during World War II, has opened at the Weingart Gallery at Occidental College. The Los Angeles showing of the "Forgotten Holocaust" seeks to refute decades of Japan's denial, followed by distortion, about its aggression in Asia.
NATIONAL
August 22, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - A few days before he gunned down fellow soldiers at this central Texas Army base four years ago, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan sent an email to superiors about something that had been troubling him: suspected war crimes. And one day before the rampage, the Army psychiatrist had received a glowing evaluation from superiors who recommended him for promotion and future assignments as chief of psychiatry or commander of a combat stress team. In one of Hasan's emails, he wrote that soldiers had shared with him disturbing accounts of troops contaminating the Iraqi water supply, of medics killing an injured insurgent and a soldier killing a female bystander.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013
Laszlo Csatary Suspected Nazi war criminal Laszlo Csatary, 98, a Hungarian war crimes suspect who allegedly brutalized and deported thousands of Jewish prisoners to the infamous Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz during World War II, died of pneumonia at a Budapest hospital on Saturday, his lawyer said Monday. Csatary was charged with war crimes by Hungarian prosecutors in June. He denied allegations that he was involved in torture and deportation while serving as a police commander in the town of Kosice in 1944.
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