Ex-Philippine judge says she was held at Hong Kong airport
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A former Philippine Supreme Court justice who accused Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court said she was barred...
ICC prosecutor warns Libyan combatants against war crimes
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The International Criminal Court's prosecutor warned Libya's warring parties Wednesday that her office is prepared to investigate and prosecute anyone committing war crimes...
ICC prosecutor addresses UN despite US visa ban
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Trump administration's revocation of International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's U.S. visa didn't hinder her from coming to the United Nations on Wednesday...
Darfur justice could prove elusive despite al-Bashir’s fall
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, driven from power and now languishing in a prison where his opponents were once jailed and tortured, is more vulnerable than ever to a...
Thousands protest in Sudan capital, demand civilian rule
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters converged on the main sit-in in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Thursday to pressure the ruling military council to speed up the...
Sudan officials: Ousted president moved to Khartoum prison
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's military rulers transferred ousted President Omar al-Bashir to a prison in the country's capital as hundreds of people marched Wednesday to a sit-in outside the army...
UN says fighting over Libya’s capital has displaced 20,000
CAIRO (AP) — Recent clashes between rival Libyan militias for control of the capital Tripoli have displaced nearly 20,000 people, the U.N. said Tuesday, and prompted the prosecutor of the...
Sudan army removes leader, rejects al-Bashir extradition
CAIRO (AP) — The Sudanese military on Friday swiftly replaced the country's transitional leader linked to the Darfur genocide after street rallies against him and said that it wouldn't hand over...
Judges reject Afghanistan probe; cite lack of cooperation
BRUSSELS (AP) — In a decision decried as "deeply flawed" and a "devastating blow for victims," International Criminal Court judges on Friday rejected a request by the court's prosecutor to open an...
Sudan leader’s iron grip finally slips amid protests
BEIRUT (AP) — He was the world's only sitting head of state wanted for genocide. He lost a third of his country, a quarter of its population and most of its oil resources when South Sudan broke...
A timeline of key events in rule of Sudan’s al-Bashir
CAIRO (AP) — After 30 years in power, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was arrested and deposed by the military on Thursday, following nearly four months of protests against his rule. The army...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Friday Malaysia won't ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the second treaty the government is...
US revokes visa for International Court prosecutor Bensouda
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Friday that her U.S. visa has been revoked, in what appears to a crackdown on the global tribunal by the Trump...
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges say a case against the son of former Libyan dictator Moammar al-Gadhafi is admissible, rejecting a call by his lawyers to toss out...
Group calls for al-Bashir’s arrest ahead of Arab summit
CAIRO (AP) — A rights group has urged Tunisia to either "bar or arrest" Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he tries to attend an Arab League summit this weekend.
Ex-Philippine officials accuse Xi of crimes against humanity
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two former Philippine officials have taken the bold step of filing a complaint with the International Criminal Court accusing Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes...
US bars entry to International Criminal Court investigators
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel seeking to investigate alleged war crimes and other abuses committed by U.S. forces in...
Ex-VP of Congo seeks damages over war crime convictions
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A former vice president of Congo who was acquitted on appeal of war crimes in Central African Republic is seeking millions of euros (dollars) in compensation from the...
Lawyers seek ICC probe into Syria deportations to Jordan
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Human rights lawyers are urging the International Criminal Court to open a preliminary investigation into alleged mass deportations by Syrian authorities, in an...
Central African Republic, rebel groups initial a peace deal
CAIRO (AP) — Central African Republic's government on Tuesday initialed a peace deal with 14 armed groups following unprecedented talks aimed at ending more than five years of conflict.
The agreement represents rare hope for one of the world's poorest nations, where religious and communal fighting erupted in 2013. Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in a conflict that has sent two people to the International Criminal Court.
Central African Republic, 14 armed groups reach peace deal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A peace deal has been reached between the Central African Republic government and 14 armed groups after their first-ever direct dialogue aimed at ending years of conflict, the United Nations and African Union announced on Saturday.
Belgium says willing to receive ex-Ivory Coast president
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium says it is willing to receive Ivory Coast's ex-president Laurent Gbagbo after he was released from International Criminal Court custody but is still discussing the details of his stay.
Foreign affairs spokesman Karl Lagatie said Saturday that Belgium had "in principle accepted to receive" Gbagbo but details would be worked out "in the coming days."
Ex-Ivory Coast leader released by international court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ivory Coast's ex-president and a former youth minister were released from International Criminal Court custody Friday, more than two weeks after they were acquitted of involvement in deadly violence that erupted after their country's 2010 election.
The Latest: Lawyer says Ivory Coast ex-minister free soon
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on Ivory Coast's former leader at the ICC (all times local):
A lawyer for former Ivory Coast youth minister Charles Ble Goude says he expects his client to be freed in a matter of hours after the International Criminal Court ruled that he should be granted conditional release.
Will Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo, acquitted at ICC, return home?
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The acquittal at the International Criminal Court of Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo on crimes against humanity is making waves in the West African nation where some celebrate his pending release but others fear a repeat of the deadly 2010-2011 post-election violence that led him to The Hague.
Central African Republic soccer boss appears at global court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chief of Central African Republic's soccer federation appeared at the International Criminal Court on Friday for the first time since he was arrested late last year in France on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes in his home country.
Flanked by court guards during a 30-minute hearing, Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona confirmed his identity and that he understood his rights and the charges against him. He was not required to enter pleas.
Refugee group: Use frozen billions to aid world’s displaced
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The World Refugee Council called Thursday for up to $20 billion stolen by government leaders and now frozen in the United States, Britain and other countries to be reallocated by courts to help millions of displaced people forced to flee conflict, persecution and victimization.
Central African Republic war crimes suspect sent to court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A war crimes suspect who is also head of Central African Republic's soccer federation has been sent to the International Criminal Court, where he faces allegations of leading a mainly Christian militia that targeted Muslims in deadly interreligious fighting.
The court says in a statement that Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona was transferred to the court Wednesday from France, where he was arrested last month on an ICC warrant.
ICC judges: Former Ivory Coast president must remain jailed
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo must spend at least another two weeks in detention at the International Criminal Court, despite being acquitted this week of involvement in deadly post-election violence.
Judges ruled Friday that Gbagbo and former government youth minister Charles Ble Goude must remain in custody until judges issue a decision on a prosecution appeal against their unconditional release.
Lawyers again urge ICC to release ex-Ivory Coast president
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers on Thursday again called for the immediate release of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and an ex-government minister from detention at the International Criminal Court following their acquittal this week on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence.
ICC judges say Gbagbo should be released following acquittal
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges said Wednesday that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government minister should be released immediately following their acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence in 2010.
Prosecutors have said they will appeal the acquittals once judges issue their written majority decision acquitting Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude.
ICC judges acquit former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Delivering a stinging defeat to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, judges on Tuesday acquitted former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and former youth minister Charles Ble Goude of responsibility for crimes committed following disputed elections in 2010, saying the prosecution failed to prove their case.
ICC: Former Central African Republic militia leader arrested
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Central African Republic's top soccer official was arrested Wednesday in France on a warrant alleging he is responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by a mainly Christian militia when he was its senior leader.
Int’l court prosecutor reports progress in Palestinian probe
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court prosecutors intend to complete "as early as possible" a long-running preliminary investigation into allegations of crimes in the Palestinian territories, according to a report issued Wednesday.
Central African Republic militia leader appears at ICC
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Central African Republic militia leader and lawmaker who goes by the nickname Rambo told the International Criminal Court on Friday he was beaten and tortured after his arrest late last month in parliament.
Russian veterans seek probe of private military contracting
MOSCOW (AP) — An activist says a group of Russian military veterans has asked the International Criminal Court to probe the activities of Russian private security companies.
Yevgeny Shabayev, an activist with the All-Russia Officers Assembly, told Ekho Moskvy radio Tuesday that the group has sent a letter to the ICC urging it to investigate.
C. African Republic militia leader turned over to tribunal
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A commander in a Central African Republic militia has been arrested and turned over to the International Criminal Court to face charges that include murder and torture, the court announced Saturday.
The court, established to prosecute atrocities such as war crimes, said Central African Republic authorities surrendered Alfred Yekatom on Saturday. Court spokesman Fadi El Abdallah would not say if Yekatom already had been sent to the court's headquarters in The Hague.
Dem’s lobbying work draws GOP ire in Mississippi Senate race
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans in Mississippi's intensifying U.S. Senate race are slamming Democrat Mike Espy's lobbying work for an African leader who was later deposed and charged with crimes against humanity.
Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and a GOP campaign group have launched ads questioning whether Espy lied about his work for Ivory Coast ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, who is on trial at the International Criminal Court. Fox News reported on Espy's lobbying work Thursday.
The Latest: GOP senator hits challenger over lobbying work
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi (all times local):
As Mississippi's U.S. Senate race intensifies, Republicans are slamming Democrat Mike Espy's lobbying work for an African leader who was later charged with crimes against humanity.
Key UN committee condemns North Korea’s rights violations
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key U.N. committee adopted a resolution Thursday condemning North Korea's "longstanding and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights" and strongly urging its government to immediately end the abuses.
The General Assembly's human rights committee approved the resolution by consensus after Sudan failed in an attempt to delete a provision encouraging the Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court.
Israeli leader delays demolition plan for West Bank hamlet
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he has decided to postpone the planned demolition of a West Bank hamlet to allow time for a negotiated solution with its residents, in a move that appeared aimed at staving off the fierce international condemnation such a demolition would likely entail.
ICC prosecutor issues warning on Bedouin village demolition
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor issued a warning Wednesday that if Israel goes ahead and destroys a Palestinian Bedouin village on the West Bank that could constitute a war crime.
Israel's Supreme Court recently rejected a final appeal against plans to demolish the village, Khan al-Ahmar.
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a written statement that "evacuation by force now appears imminent."
ICC prosecutors urge judges to continue Ivory Coast trial
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court prosecutors urged judges Monday to continue the trial of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a government ex-minister on trial for their alleged involvement in deadly violence that erupted after the country's disputed 2010 presidential election.
Critics say Duterte admitted illegal killings, aides say no
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rights activists said Friday that the Philippine president acknowledged in a speech that he permitted extrajudicial killings in his brutal drug war, but his aides argued it was a misunderstanding and stressed his repeated past denials.
Human Rights Watch said President Rodrigo Duterte's "admission should erase any doubt about the culpability of the president" and prod the International Criminal Court to hasten a review of a complaint against him for mass murder.
UN court asked to probe Venezuela; leader defiant in speech
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Six nations made the unprecedented move Wednesday of asking the U.N.'s International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela for possible crimes against humanity, even as President Nicolas Maduro made an unexpected trip to the world body's headquarters to deliver a nearly hourlong speech declaring his nation "will never give in."
World court opens preliminary probe into Rohingya expulsions
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor announced Tuesday that she is launching a preliminary investigation into deportations of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh.
Defense lawyer casts Ugandan war crimes defendant as victim
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A lawyer defending an alleged commander in Uganda's shadowy Lord's Resistance Army accused of crimes including murder, sexual slavery and using child soldiers cast him Tuesday him as a victim of the rebel group and its brutal leader, Joseph Kony.
ICC sentences ex-Congo VP to 1 year for witness tampering
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges at the International Criminal Court on Monday re-imposed a one-year prison sentence and 300,000-euro ($350,000) fine on a former Congolese vice president for interfering with witnesses at his war crimes trial.
However, Jean-Pierre Bemba will not have to go to prison due to time he has already spent in the court's custody.
EU backs ICC after US questions court’s legitimacy
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat says the bloc remains a staunch supporter of the International Criminal Court despite U.S. condemnation of the tribunal.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday that "we will continue to fully and strongly support the ICC and its work."
The Hague-based court was created in 2002 to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in areas where perpetrators might not otherwise face justice.
International court says it’s ‘undeterred’ by US threats
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan rights workers warned Tuesday that a blistering U.S. attack on the International Criminal Court investigating war crimes allegations will strengthen a climate of impunity in Afghanistan, prolong the war and embolden those committing acts of violence.
In a speech Monday, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said Washington would not cooperate with The Hague-based court and threatened it with sanctions, saying it put U.S. sovereignty and national security at risk.