Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, April 26, 2012
- The Special Court for Sierra Leone gave its verdict today in the Charles Taylor case. The Court found Taylor criminally responsible for aiding and abetting on all 11 counts in the indictment. The Court found that the prosecution failed to prove individual criminal responsibility (no effective control over the RUF) and joint criminal enterprise. Sentencing is scheduled for May 30th. Our Kevin Jon Heller has preliminary thoughts here and the blog IntLawGrrls will be running a series of posts about the decision; you can find more information about that here.
- Professor Paul Lemmens, a Belgian professor of international human rights law at the University of Leuven, was elected as a Judge for the European Court of Human Rights.
- The African Union has demanded an end to the Sudan border conflict. South Sudan has released a number of prisoners to ease tensions.
- Reuters offers an analysis of the effects the lifting of sanctions has had in Myanmar.
- Israel’s top general has stated that an Iraninan atomic bomb is unlikely.
- Violence in Syria rages on and France has put pressure on the UN to hurry up, discussing the possibilities of Chapter VII measures if the cease-fire plan does not work.
- Mexico has begun an investigation into allegations that Wal-Mart bribed officials in order to expand business.
- China has rejected a bid put forth by the Philippines to come before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea regarding the dispute over a shoal.
- Pakistan is adamant that the US is not listening to its demands to stop drone strikes, and the US is seeking to expand its Yemen drone program.