Corporations and human rights groups are squaring off in a Supreme Court fight over whether foreign victims of war crimes, killings and other atrocities can haul multinational companies into American courts and try to prove they were complicit in the abuses and should pay damages. The justices will hear arguments Tuesday over the reach of the Alien Tort Statute and a 20-year-old law that allows victims of torture to pursue civil lawsuits against the responsible individuals.
A defiant Ratko Mladic plunged his Yugoslav war crimes tribunal arraignment into chaos Monday, repeatedly shouting at judges, defying their orders and refusing to enter pleas to 11 charges before the presiding judge threw him out of the hearing.
Appearing in a U.N. courtroom at The Hague, Netherlands, and shielded by bulletproof glass 16 years after he was first indicted, former Serb army chief Ratko Mladic told the Dutch presiding judge he was "gravely ill," but would only give details of his health out of earshot of the public.
Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was placed in a U.N. detention unit Tuesday to await trial on genocide charges, 16 years after he was indicted in the killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the worst massacre of civilians in Europe since World War II.
A United Nations expert called Tuesday for Sri Lanka to investigate and file charges against soldiers shown in a graphic video shooting bound, blindfolded prisoners and abusing corpses in the final days of the 1983-2009 civil war.
Thousands of demonstrators sang nationalist songs and carried banners honoring jailed former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic on Sunday as they poured into the street outside Serbia's parliament to demand the release of the war-crimes suspect, whom they consider a hero.
It was the first visit to the village by police who have been conducting similar operations throughout Serbia for years in the hunt for Ratko Mladic, the officials said. Charged by the U.N. war crimes court with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, Mladic was last seen in public in January 2006.
A Croatian woman will fight efforts to take her from small-town Kentucky to Bosnia to face war crimes charges accusing her of torturing prisoners two decades ago after the breakup of Yugoslavia, her public defender said Friday.
Brett Barrouquere & Bruce Schreiner
, March 18, 2011
A woman wanted in Bosnia on torture charges stemming from the war following the breakup of Yugoslavia, including allegations that she forced prisoners to drink human blood and gasoline, faces extradition after being arrested in Kentucky.
WikiLeaks says there's evidence of war crimes in documents The White House, Britain and Pakistan have all condemned the whistle-blowing group's release Sunday of the classified documents, one of the largest unauthorized disclosures in military history.
Raphael Satter and Kimberly Dozier
, July 26, 2010
President Barack Obama may not be able to meet his stated goal of closing the much-criticized Guantanamo Bay prison by January as his administration runs into daunting legal and logistical hurdles to moving the more than 220 detainees still there.
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