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Mohammed Jabbateh Conviction: A Human Rights Trial Cloaked in Immigration Crimes


On Oct. 18, a U.S. federal jury issued the first criminal conviction involving mass atrocities committed during Liberia’s First Civil War in the 1990s by a ULIMO rebel commander. Following a nine-day jury trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mohammed Jabbateh, aka “Jungle Jabbah,” was found guilty of two counts of fraud and two counts of perjury related to statements he made during immigration interviews and on documents after entering the United States from Liberia.…   continue »

Recap of Recent Pieces on Just Security (Oct. 21-27)

Russia Investigation and Facebook

Congressional Authorization, Oversight and Niger

Drone Strikes, Laws of War, and Human Rights


Domestic and International Surveillance

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The Importance of Professional Expertise in Gathering Evidence of Mass Atrocities


Justice for core international crimes committed in places like Syria is currently non-existent. Yet, should our frustration with this lack of accountability lead us to alter widely-accepted rule of law practices in seeking that accountability? This is the concern raised by Caroline Fehl and Eliska Mockova in “Chasing Justice for Syria,” published by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.…   continue »

Six Reasons Why the US and Other States Should Support an Independent, International Inquiry on Yemen


This week, governments will vote at the United Nations on whether to create an international commission of inquiry on Yemen. In recent weeks, 67 international, regional, and Yemeni NGOs urged the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent inquiry into serious allegations of human rights and humanitarian law violations—a call that Canada, the Netherlands, and China have echoed.…   continue »

Libya’s Haftar and Liability of Superiors: Ordering Offenses v. Responsibility for Omissions


Further to Just Security‘s coverage on Tuesday of the potential war crimes liability of U.S citizen/Libyan warlord General Khalifa Haftar, this article discusses the distinction under international criminal law between (1) ordering the commission of offenses and (2) being found liable under the doctrine of superior responsibility for failing to prevent or punish the commission of abuses by subordinates.…   continue »

Smoking Gun Videos Emerge: US Citizen, Libyan Warlord Haftar Ordering War Crimes

The International Criminal Court very recently issued an arrest warrant for a militia leader in Libya which should catch the attention of U.S. policymakers, diplomats and prosecutors because of the possibility that his most senior commander—an American citizen by the name of Khalifa Haftar—ordered soldiers to commit war crimes.…   continue »

An Update of the Israel-Palestine-International Criminal Court Timeline


A lot has happened before the International Criminal Court since we last reported on the Palestine and related situations. The timeline below picks up where my last timeline of relevant events left off. At that time, the Prosecutor had opened a preliminary examination into the Comoros referral based upon events on the Mavi Marmara, which was part of the Gaza freedom flotilla.…   continue »

New ICC Arrest Warrant Indirectly Implicates Libyan Warlord, a U.S. Citizen


As I wrote yesterday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced last week that it had issued a new arrest warrant for Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli, a militia leader in Libya. As a commander of the Al-Saiqa Brigade in the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA), Al-Werfalli is alleged to have directed or participated in a series of seven executions of 33 prisoners in total between June 2016 and July 2017, constituting the war crime of murder.…   continue »

Federal Court: US Can Extradite Ex-El Salvador Official to Spain for Jesuits Massacre

On Monday, U.S. federal judge Terrence Boyle ruled that Inocente Orlando Montano Morales (Montano)—who headed El Salvador’s National Police as Vice Minister for Public Security in the 1980s—can be extradited to Spain to stand trial for his role in the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter on the grounds of the University of Central America (UCA).  …   continue »