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July 28: Proving Genocide: The Prosecution of Radovan Karadzic 

8e59865a-23d7-4117-bb74-6417bc6095ecThe International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia’s March 2016 conviction of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide was a long-awaited milestone in achieving justice and accountability for the massacre in Srebrenica and other atrocities of the Yugoslav Wars. Join the Bar Association of San Francisco for an event on Thursday, July 28, 6 pm, at the BASF Conference Center (301 Battery Street in San Francisco). 

Speakers include: 

Sun Kim
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Nushin Sarkarati
Center for Justice & Accountability

Eric Stover
Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Lisa Reinsberg
International Justice Resource Center

More information and event registration.

PBS’s The Open Mind: Alexa Koenig discusses war crimes, impunity

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Watch this recent episode of PBS’s The Open Mind with Alexander Heffner interviewing Alexa Koenig about crimes against humanity, impunity, Guantánamo, drones, the International Criminal Court, and more.  Koenig is the Human Rights Center’s executive director and the  co-author with Eric Stover and Victor Peskin of Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror

Spotlight: 2016 Human Rights Center Fellow Laura Klivans

2016, Klivans2016 Human Rights Center Fellow Laura Klivans from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is working with the Investigative Reporting Program this summer, producing a series of radio stories for KQED on the impact of charging kids as adults in California’s prisons.  Read more about Laura and all of our 2016 Human Rights Center Fellows.

Challenges to accountability for sexual violence in Africa


In a new Peace Brief of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), HRC’s Julie Freccero and Kim Thuy Seelinger, along with Ketty Anyeko (of the Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda), present key findings from the 2015 Missing Peace Practitioners’ Workshop in Kampala, Uganda. Read the brief: “Improving Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Africa.”

Habré convicted of rape and sexual slavery as crimes against humanity

Habre convictionOn May 30, former Chad dictator Hissène Habré was convicted in the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal of rape and sexual slavery as crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison. The Human Rights Center had worked with a group of leading experts to submit an amicus brief that urged the court to revise charges to include sexual violence crimes. Signatories included Justice Richard Goldstone, Dr. Kelly Askin, George Kegoro, Dr. Patricia Sellers, and Professor Beth Van Schaack. Read more. 

World Affairs Council: Authors discuss search for war criminals


Eric Stover, Alexa Koenig, and Victor Peskin spoke about their recently released book Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror at the World Affairs Council of Northern California in May. The Honorable Rebecca Westerfield moderated.  Watch the video of the event. 

Stover, Peskin, and Koenig cover sentencing of Karadzic

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Journalist Christiane Amanpour mentions Hiding in Plain Sight on her CNN show on March 24

Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia convicted former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide —  “the crime of all crimes” — for abuses committed twenty years earlier during wars that ravaged the Balkans.  Eric Stover, Victor Peskin, and Alex Koenig weighed in on the Karadzic verdict in Foreign Policy (March 24, 2016) “Radovan Karadzic and the (Very) Long Arc of Justice.” Additionally, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour aired a piece by Jonathan Silvers featuring Eric Stover and his role in the investigation of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia on March 24. 

Are Facebook photos good evidence in international criminal tribunals?

Human Rights and Technology Program Director Keith Hiatt writes in the Yale Law Journal Forum about the promising use of open source evidence—publicly available news media, academic work, public reports, and, increasingly, social media and online video and image sharing services—by international human rights tribunals. Although open source investigations present their own risks in security, availability, and reliability, Hiatt notes that they will nonetheless save money and protect vulnerable witnesses and  investigators. Read the Columbia Journalism Review quoting Hiatt on the use of open source intelligence in journalism.