Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
- The International Criminal Court handed down the sentence for Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, who received 14 years’ imprisonment for conscripting, enlisting and using children under the age of 15 to participate actively in hostilities. The time since March 16, 2006 that he has spent in detention will be deducted from his sentence. Judge Odio Benito wrote a separate and dissenting decision as in her view, the majority decision disregards the damage to victims and their families, especially with regard to sexual violence-related crimes not focused upon in the majority’s sentencing.
- In other ICC news, the trial against two Kenyan officials will begin in April 2013 (ICC press release).
- The first witness to testify against Ratko Mladic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia broke down in tears at the emotional recounting of the death of his father during a 1992 massacre in the village of Grabovica.
- At the European Court of Human Rights, Abu Hamza has launched an appeal to prevent his extradition to the United States.
- Kofi Annan’s special envoy in Syria has said that he and President Al-Assad have reached an agreement to end the violent conflict in the country.
- European Union ministers have agreed on a plan to bail out Spain’s banks.
- EU diplomats will meet July 24th with diplomats from Iran for talks on its nuclear program.
- An Israeli commission has recommended that the state legalize dozens of unsanctioned West Bank settlements.
- NPR has a piece on how the Yemini airstrikes punish militants and civilians.