Tag: War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Sudan’s Ousted Leader Is Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

NAIROBI, Kenya — For almost three decades, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ruled Sudan with a heavy fist, jailing opponents and former allies, overseeing the bloody suppression of the Darfur region and squashing protests that dared to challenge his regime. But on Saturday, Mr. al-Bashir, 75, was convicted and sentenced to two years in detention in […]

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As Myanmar Genocide Hearing Closes, Focus Is on Trapped Rohingya

BANGKOK — Half a world away from the elegant confines of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, where Myanmar is being accused of genocide in a landmark case that opened this week, a Rohingya Muslim man was preparing to die. It was, he said by phone on Thursday, going to be a slow […]

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Family Behind Krispy Kreme Donates Millions to Holocaust Survivors

The family behind Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread and Pret A Manger is donating 5 million euros, or $5.5 million, to an assistance fund for Holocaust survivors after learning that the family business once used forced labor and supported the Nazi regime. The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which seeks reparations for Holocaust […]

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With Many Dents to Its Image, Nobel Peace Prize Is Hit With a Few More

The Nobel Peace Prize has long been contentious, beginning with its origins in the will of Alfred Nobel, the 19th-century inventor of dynamite. But it is extraordinary that two winners are almost simultaneously battling accusations of behavior that is widely regarded as antithetical to the spirit and purpose of the award, first given in 1901. […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi Leads Defense Against Rohingya Genocide Accusations

THE HAGUE — As still as a statue, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had listened for nearly three hours as human rights lawyers and experts at the world’s highest court in The Hague described some of the horrors inflicted upon the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar: veils ripped off girls before their rapes, babies thrown to […]

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In Myanmar Army’s Corner, Aung San Suu Kyi Will Defend It in Genocide Case

BANGKOK — She could have stayed home. Nobody is forcing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi — she of the Nobel Peace Prize and fragrant flowers in her hair — to stride into the International Court of Justice on Tuesday at The Hague, where she will lead Myanmar’s defense against accusations of genocide. After all, Ms. […]

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Trump Brings 2 Officers He Cleared of War Crimes Onstage at Fund-Raiser

President Trump brought two soldiers he had pardoned in cases involving war crimes onstage at a fund-raiser this weekend in Florida, tightening his embrace of an episode that roiled his relationship with military leaders and prompted a public outcry. Mr. Trump, as the featured speaker, invited up Army First Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Mathew […]

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Lovers in Auschwitz, Reunited 72 Years Later. He Had One Question.

The first time he spoke to her, in 1943, by the Auschwitz crematory, David Wisnia realized that Helen Spitzer was no regular inmate. Zippi, as she was known, was clean, always neat. She wore a jacket and smelled good. They were introduced by a fellow inmate, at her request. Her presence was unusual in itself: […]

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U.K. Halts Torture Case Against Former First Lady of Liberia

LONDON — A British judge has dismissed torture charges against the ex-wife of a former Liberian president before her trial next month over accusations relating to the country’s civil war. Agnes Reeves Taylor, the ex-wife of former President Charles Taylor, was arrested in London in 2017 and charged with eight counts of torture and conspiracy […]

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Don’t Look Away

The sketches should be seen only by adults, but they must be seen. Drawn by a victim of torture, they show, in raw and agonizing detail, the methods that Americans — soldiers, psychologists, spies, women and men — have devised to break down prisoners through pain, panic, brainwashing and other barbaric and illegal tools. There […]

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The Lost Jewish Brands of Berlin

Last month, Andreas Valentin, a 66-year-old professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, traveled more than 6,000 miles from Brazil to Berlin to participate in a restitution ceremony, of sorts. He was the guest of honor at the unveiling of a … well, not new, exactly, but renewed fashion brand: Manheimer, founded by […]

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The Savage Injustice of Trump’s Military Pardons

“War means violence, but it is violence delivered with great deliberation,” Mark Grimsley, a military historian at Ohio State, wrote in response to my inquiry about pardons President Trump issued to three Army officers accused of war crimes and clemency granted to a Navy Seal. Grimsley, whose books include “The Hard Hand of War: Union […]

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Trump’s Intervention in SEALs Case Tests Pentagon’s Tolerance

He was limp and dusty from an explosion, conscious but barely. A far cry from the fierce, masked Islamic State fighters who once seized vast swaths of Iraq and Syria, the captive was a scraggly teenager in a tank top with limbs so thin that his watch slid easily off his wrist. Chief Petty Officer […]

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Navy Drops Effort to Expel From SEALs 3 Officers Linked to Gallagher

The Navy is dropping its efforts to expel three officers from the elite SEAL commando force over their involvement in the war crimes case surrounding Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, the service said on Wednesday. The new acting secretary of the Navy, Thomas B. Modly, said in a statement that he had ordered a halt […]

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Trump’s Threat to Military Discipline

To the Editor: Re “Naval Secretary Is Told to Resign by Defense Chief” (front page, Nov. 25): Imagine that an authoritarian president in a country in Eastern Europe, Africa or South America pardons military operatives accused of murderous war crimes. What would be your reaction? President Trump’s norm-breaking interference in the military chain of command […]

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Who Is Edward Gallagher, the SEAL the Navy Wants to Expel?

The Navy and President Trump have been in a tug of war over Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, the Navy SEAL at the center of a highly publicized war crimes case. The Navy prosecuted Chief Gallagher and wanted to expel him from the SEALs, but the president, as commander in chief, has repeatedly intervened in […]

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What Should Happen to the Navy SEAL Chief?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher An unusual battle has broken out between President Trump and top military commanders over the future of a member of the Navy SEAL commando. Today, how a high-profile war-crimes investigation has prompted a war of words […]

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Navy Is Said to Proceed With Disciplinary Plans Against Edward Gallagher

ImageNavy Secretary Richard V. Spencer, right, and President Trump in July.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — The secretary of the Navy and the admiral who leads the SEALs have threatened to resign or be fired if plans to expel a commando from the elite unit in a war crimes case are halted by President […]

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The Moral Injury of Pardoning War Crimes

Post-traumatic stress — the nightmares, flashbacks and anxiety triggered by terrifying events — is a defining injury of the global war on terrorism. But in the past few decades, the mental health community and the military have come to understand that there is a related, intensifying phenomenon called moral injury. Moral injury doesn’t simply result […]

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As Admiral Moved to Expel a Navy SEAL, He Kept an Eye on Trump

The commander of the Navy SEALs, Rear Adm. Collin Green, had the three-page letter drafted and on his desk Tuesday, but he waited for hours to sign it. For more than a year, he had considered expelling Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher from the SEALs, the Navy’s elite commando force, three Navy officials said, and […]

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Navy Wants to Eject From SEALs a Sailor Cleared by Trump, Officials Say

The Navy SEAL at the center of a high-profile war crimes case has been ordered to appear before Navy leaders Wednesday morning, and is expected to be notified that the Navy intends to oust him from the elite commando force, two Navy officials said on Tuesday. The move could put the SEAL commander, Rear Adm. […]

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Trump Clears Three Service Members in War Crimes Cases

President Trump cleared three members of the armed services on Friday who have been accused or convicted of war crimes, overruling military leaders who had sought to punish them. All three have been championed by conservative lawmakers and commentators, who have portrayed them as war heroes unfairly prosecuted for actions taken in the heat and […]

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Myanmar Genocide Lawsuit Is Filed at United Nations Court

PARIS — An arsenal of international laws has failed to confront the impunity of Myanmar’s government and security forces for their deadly purge of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee a campaign of rape, arson and killing. But on Monday, Gambia filed a lawsuit accusing Myanmar of genocide, summoning the […]

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