#AceWorldNews – JERUSALEM:Jan.05: Israel will not permit its soldiers to be hauled in front of the International Criminal Court on potential war crimes charges, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday AFP reported.

He continued: “We will not let Israel Defense Forces (army) soldiers and officers be dragged to the International Criminal Court in The Hague,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, two days after the Palestinians filed an application to become a party to the court.

This followed a report by Rights Group and reported by Maan News Agency: RAMALLAH (AFP) — The first case Palestine will refer to the International Criminal Court will be the crimes Israel committed during the summer of 2014, including the Gaza war, a legal expert said Sunday.

His remarks were made after Israel froze the transfer of half a billion shekels ($127 million) in tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority in the first of what officials said would be a series of punitive steps following the Palestinian move.


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HAGUE: ‘ Radovan Karadzic Denies he Knew of the Execution of Prisoners at Srebrenica ‘

#AceWorldNews – HAGUE – October 02 – Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic “did not know” of the 1995 massacre of thousands of Muslims at Srebrenica, AFP quoted his lawyer as saying Thursday.

“There is not a single piece of evidence that Dr. Karadzic planned or ordered the execution of prisoners [at Srebrenica], or that he knew about it,” legal advisor Peter Robinson told the Hague-based Yugoslav War Crimes Court.

He is seeking an acquittal of Karadzic on charges of genocide.

The verdict in the five-year trial is not expected before late 2015.


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‘ Mahmoud Abbas Accuses Israel of War Crimes’

AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – September 26 – Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Friday of conducting a “war of genocide” and a “series of absolute war crimes” during the 50-day summer conflict in Gaza, but stopped short of saying he will pursue war crime charges against the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court AP reported. 

In his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Abbas also said he will seek a U.N. resolution to set a deadline for Israel to pull out of Palestinian lands captured in the 1967 war but did not include a three-year deadline as his aides had said he would.


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Campaigners Demand End To War Zone Rapes

Interactive Image: Global Experiences Of Rape In War

Campaigners against rape in war are gathering in London in an attempt to bring those responsible for 220 million sex crimes every year to justice. Actress Angelina Jolie is co-hosting the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict with Foreign Secretary William Hague. It promises to be the largest ever gathering of its kind, with more than 140 countries taking part. The aim is to make sexual violence in war zones as unacceptable as chemical weapons and cluster munitions. Every year, 150 million girls and women are raped in conflict around the world, along with 70 million men and boys, and the overwhelming majority of them never get justice.

Angelina Jolie and William Hague are co-hosting the London summit

Mr Hague told Sky News: “This is an unacceptable crime practiced on a vast scale. “What we’re trying to achieve is standards on documentation so that people don’t get away with it.” Under the UK’s presidency, the G8 last year declared rape and serious sexual violence in conflict as grave breaches of the Geneva Convention, as well as war crimes. Some 144 world governments have now endorsed the declaration. The London Summit wants to seize that momentum and turn it into practical action to prevent rape and help victims. One of the speakers will be Poline Akello, who was abducted from her home in Uganda when she was just 14.

Poline Akello was abducted from her home in Uganda and raped

Forced by the army of notorious warlord Joseph Kony to become a child soldier, she survived six years in the bush where she was given to one of Kony’s commanders. “I knew it wasn’t the right time for me,” she said. “My body wasn’t mature enough but they took my virginity.” Poline became pregnant but her baby did not survive and she was not allowed to hold or bury her child. “I wasn’t allowed to mourn,” she said. “If you cried, they would kill you.” Rob Williams, the director of Warchild, a charity set up to help children affected by war, said: “When you see emergencies on television, you see the food, health and shelter crises. “What you are not seeing are the hidden dangers of fleeing from conflict – the armed groups looking for people to rape, or the deeply traumatised civilian groups where the worst aspects of human behaviour come out. “It will not always be men in uniform, it will not always be used as a weapon of war and it will not always be against women.” The summit, which is being held at ExCeL London, will run until Thursday and includes dozens of free events which will be open to the public. Around 200 foreign, defence and development ministers have been invited to attend, along with experts from courts, charities and the military

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