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France seeks ICC involvement on Syria war crimes

France will table a proposal before the United Nations Security Council authorizing the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against humanity in Syria, French ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud said Tuesday. Araud told reporters that France hoped to introduce the resolution in the next few weeks, following a presentation to council members of a gruesome dossier containing thousands of photos showing detainees who had been starved or tortured in prisons run by the Syrian regime. "We are going to try to obtain authorization for the ICC to act," Araud said.

Spain judge defies pressure to scrap Guantanamo case

A Spanish judge on Tuesday defied pressure to scrap a probe into alleged torture in the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay which targets former US president George W. Bush. Judge Pablo Ruz at the National Court, in a written decision, refused to scrap the case despite a recent reform to restrict such human rights probes in Spain. He also vowed to press on with two other investigations into alleged genocide in the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara from the 1970s.

UN chief urges C.Africa to prevent new African genocide

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged the leaders of the strife-torn Central African Republic to prevent a new genocide on the continent, 20 years after Rwanda. "It is your responsibility as leaders to ensure that there are no such anniversaries in this country," said Ban, in Bangui for a brief visit en route to Rwanda to commemorate the anniversary of that country's genocide. jpc-mc/gd/boc

Uganda probes alleged army atrocities in LRA rebel war

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered investigations into alleged atrocities committed by the army during 20 years of war against Lords Resistance Army rebels, officials said Wednesday. Tens of thousands of people were killed and nearly two million displaced in the fight in northern Uganda between the rebels and security forces, before rebel chief Joseph Kony and key fighters shifted into neighbouring nations around 2005.

U.S. airlift support to bolster African hunt for violent warlord

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is deploying four tilt-rotor transport planes to Uganda in response to African Union requests for airlift support in the hunt for the elusive leader of the violent Lord's Resistance Army extremist group, the Pentagon said on Monday.

US sends more forces to Uganda for Kony hunt

Washington is sending more special forces commandos and tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Uganda to help hunt for fugitive warlord Joseph Kony, The Washington Post reported. At least four CV-22 Ospreys and refueling aircraft, as well as 150 Air Force special forces personnel and other airmen to fly and maintain the planes will arrive in the African country at mid-week, the Post reported on its website Sunday. The force began to deploy late Sunday, Amanda Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs, told the newspaper.

US sends more forces to Uganda for Kony hunt

Washington is sending more elite commandos and tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Uganda to help hunt for Joseph Kony, the fugitive warlord accused of rape, murder and the kidnapping of children. At least four CV-22 Ospreys and refueling planes, as well as 150 Air Force special forces personnel and other airmen to fly and maintain the planes are scheduled to arrive in the African country mid-week, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told AFP on Monday. The Washington Post initially reported the story on its website Sunday.

U.N. may push for special tribunal for N. Korea: source

NEW YORK, March 23 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations may seek to establish a special court to try North Korean leaders responsible for atrocities against people there, a diplomatic source in New York said Sunday. It would be a more realistic way to deal with the issue than a push to bring it to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which will apparently be vetoed by China, according to the source.

ISIL jihadists conduct 'mass executions' in Syria: UN probe

The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) carried out "mass executions" in Syria in January, the United Nations said Tuesday, adding that it was investigating allegations of mass graves. The group "conducted mass executions of detainees, thereby perpetrating war crimes," the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in an update on the human rights situation in the country.

Top Hungarian communist on trial over 1956 revolt deaths

A senior figure in Hungary's former communist regime went on trial Tuesday charged with war crimes over the brutal crackdown of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising. Prosecutors accuse Bela Biszku, 92, of "active involvement" in decisions to order security forces to open fire on crowds in two incidents in December 1956 during which some 50 people died. In total during the uprising, more than 2,000 civilians were killed after Soviet tanks rolled into the country. Some 300 were executed, more than 20,000 were jailed and 200,000 fled the country.
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