News archive 2015
Recent Submission to the ECtHR in the Abu Zubaydah v Lithuania Case12 October 2015
Human Rights in Practice recently filed its final submission to the European Court of Human Rights in the Abu Zubaydah v Lithuania case. The new submission includes recent developments from a US Senate Intelligence Committee report that point to clear use of torture and brutality on Lithuania's part.
The brief calls for formal classification of the alleged wrongdoings, arguing that these violations amount to crimes against humanity. It also calls for Lithuania to acknowledge these crimes and provide appropriate remedies. In the name of transparency, the submission urges the Court to reject Lithuania's claim that all documents remain closed and confidential.
The Nuhanovic Foundation supports the ongoing litigation in this case. For more information, please click here.
New Updates to our Legal Database22 September 2015
The Nuhanovic Foundation has recently updated its databases for Legal Instruments and Gender Violence in Africa. We have also added a database for Uganada specifically.
You can read more here
Sexual Violence in Somalia - A Short Film17 September 2015
The Nuhanovic Foundation supports the efforts of Legal Action Worldwide in their mission to address sexual violence in Somalia. Please help them in their effort to reach 1000 likes for their short film Sexual Violence in Somalia: Challenging Impunity by watching it now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55RCZQB2f8g
This is a short film about the widespread and increasing levels sexual violence in Somalia, and what can be done to address it. The film provides insight into the reality of sexual violence in Somalia through the voice of a survivor. It explores how the newly drafted Sexual Offences Bill will help survivors to access justice and end impunity for sexual violence in Somalia.
Prominent interviewees include: UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, Head of International Protection UNHCR (now Assistant High Commissioner), Volker Turk, Executive Director of UNFPA Babatunde Osotimehin, Former Somali Minister of Women and Human Rights Development Khadija Mohamed Diriye and a survivor of sexual violence. The video has been supported by UNHCR and UNFPA.
Please share with your colleagues and friends - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55RCZQB2f8g
Extension Announced for Compensation Claims by Indonesian Widows30 August 2015
Surviving widows whose spouses were executed by Dutch forces during Police Actions between 1946 - 1949 have been granted a further two year extension for which to submit a claim. This is in light of the original September 10th deadline agreed to by the Dutch Government and the Committee on Dutch Debts of Honour.
This decision is welcomed by many who fear that justice has not been achieved for the suriving relatives, many of whom face increasingly restrictive circumstances and rules for which to submit a claim. There have also been calls to broaden the regulation to include children and siblings of the deceased, and furthermore to apply the regulation for an indefinite period.
Compensation to Albanians for Human Rights Violations14 August 2015
The Humanitarian Law Center has released this report criticizing the Belgrade court's ruling for compensation to be awarded to Kosovo Albanian for violations of their human rights by Serbia. The Center is currently in the process of appealing these judgments.
The HLC's report can be found here.
Lecture on Reparative Justice6 August 2015
Our Head of Research in Dubrovnik to lecture on reparative justice at the Geoffrey Nice Foundation’s Master Class on post-war justice
Nuhanovic Thesis Prize4 August 2015
Two UvA students finalized their MA studies with excellent theses on reparations! Tosca Urbanus wrote about Reparations for conflict related sexual violence before the International Criminal Court. Annemarie van Zeeland compared three reparations cases in her thesis Victim participation and reparation in international crimes cases, lessons to be learned from the victims’ perspectives. Are you planning to write your MA thesis on war reparations? You may win the Nuhanovic thesis prize and win 250 Euro! Contact F.deVlaming@uva.nl for further information.
New Report on Accountability for Sexual Violence in Horn of Africa30 June 2015
Legal Action Worldwide has released its latest report on accountability for sexual violence by armed men in uniform in South Sudan. The report provides an overview of the context of the violence and explains how the problem is addressed by formal and customary legal systems in Sth Sudan. It also exposes the current gaps in addressing sexual violence and offers recommendations as to how these should be tackled.
The report includes the minutes of the Nairobi round table, financed and attended by the Nuhanovic Foundation in January 2015. The report is available on our Sudan reports page.
Research Opportunity for UVA Students3 August 2015
The UVA Law Faculty's War Reparation Center / Nuhanovic Foundation is currently seeking registered students in the International & European Law Masters (LLM) program for assisting with research, developing databases, and managing public events and symposiums. This work experience can be applied towards academic credits for the student's degree.
For more information, contact Frederiek de Vlaming at: F.deVlaming@uva.nl
New databases on Uganda and South America coming soon31 January 2015
We are currently working on the preparation of two new databases on war reparations and litigation in Uganda and South America. They will soon be available on our website!