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Amnesty urges ICC to probe 'crimes against humanity' in Venezuela

May 15, 2019 - 12:29 AM

Amnesty International believes Nicolas Maduro's government responded with "a systematic and widespread policy of repression" in late January during anti-government protests

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) delivers a speech next to the president of the ruling Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello during a military parade in Caracas on April 13, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Sudan new military rulers offer dialogue as protests rage

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Analysts say that Omar al-Bashir's overthrow in a palace coup has made the transition to democracy in Sudan a more distant prospect

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Sudanese protesters gather near the military headquarters in Khartoum as they continue to rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy one day after a military council took control of the country, on April 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

ICC judges turn down request for Afghanistan war crimes probe

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:18 PM

'The judges decided that an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan at this stage would not serve the interests of justice,' the International Criminal Court says in a statement

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

EU backs ICC after U.S. revokes prosecutor's visa

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The revocation of Fatou Bensouda's visa comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced restrictions on ICC staff who probe US or allied personnel

ICC PROSECUTOR. Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda enters the court room for the trial of Dominic Ongwen a senior commander in Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army, at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, on December 6, 2016. File photo by Peter Dejong/AFP

De Lima: PH now 'stripped naked of ICC protection' vs Duterte, China

Apr 06, 2019 - 4:28 PM

'As sure as anything, Duterte will continue to commit crimes against humanity on his countrymen, and China will continue to commit acts of aggression against Filipino fisherfolks,' says Senator Leila de Lima

China's President Xi Jinping (R) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang palace grounds in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

ICC president urges U.S. to join global criminal court

Apr 01, 2019 - 10:23 PM

International Criminal Court president Chile Eboe-Osuji calls on the US to 'join her closest allies and friends at the table of the Rome Statute,' referring to the court's founding document

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Justice by foreign intervention

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Duterte is not completely out of reach by the law, and it will be ironic if it's yet the especially long arm of the International Criminal Court from the Hague, in the Netherlands, that gets him

Duterte tells China he had no hand in ICC complaint vs Xi

Mar 28, 2019 - 1:15 PM

In a meeting with an official of China's Communist Party, President Rodrigo Duterte says he 'cannot stop' people from filing cases as the Philippines is a democratic country

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for posterity with Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, who paid a courtesy call on the President at Matina Enclaves in Davao City on March 27, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FALSE: Miriam Defensor Santiago’s election as ICC judge is void

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:43 PM

‘The Rome Statute only refers to a requirement of State Party nationality at the time of election but not afterwards,’ says the International Criminal Court

Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago along with her Vice Presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. at Bulacan State University on Monday, April 18, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

ICC can still go after China's Xi Jinping after Philippine pull out

Mar 27, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The question now, Batongbacal said, is if the ICC can still pursue the case since the Philippines had pulled out

‘Miriam would have pulverized’ Panelo, says late senator’s sister

Mar 26, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Linn Defensor Evangelista, the sister of Miriam Defensor Santiago, slams Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo for saying that the late senator's election as an ICC judge was not valid

Thousands sign petition backing ICC complaint vs China's Xi

Mar 24, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Petitioners support two former Philippine officials for bringing Chinese President Xi Jinping to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity

BACKED. Press conference by former SFA Albert del Rosario and former Ombudswoman Conchita Carpio Morales at the Manila Polo club, Makati. March 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva

Robredo says ICC complaint vs China's Xi 'gives Filipinos hope'

Mar 23, 2019 - 6:35 PM

'Parang dinugtungan ulit iyong pag-asa sa ating mga puso, na mayroon pa naman pala tayong lakas na labanan iyong isang malaking entity kagaya ng China,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo met with the farmers and fisherfolk in Lingayen, Pangasinan, held at Purok Marcela Resort on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Pangasinan 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil and other local officials of Lingayen were also present during the dialogue. Photo by OVP

ICC complaint vs China's Xi 'deserves support' of Filipinos – senators

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is a patriotic move....that deserves the support of every freedom-loving Filipino whose duty is to protect and preserve our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Malacañang: Ex-PH officials' ICC case vs Xi 'a futile exercise'

Mar 23, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo provides reasons why the complaint of former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales may not prosper at the International Criminal Court

PIVOT TO CHINA. Philippine relations with  China warmed under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, seen in this photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Malacanang photo

Ex-PH officials: ICC complaint vs China 'to check impunity'

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are certainly doing it for the marginalized fishermen, for us as a whole, and for other countries,' says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

XI JINPING CASE. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (right) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (left) speak at a press conference at the complaint they filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says ICC case won’t threaten PH relations with China

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte downplays the impact of a case filed by former officials from the Philippines against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court

LEADERS, FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after anl expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacanang photo

Ex-PH officials bring China's Xi to Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 21, 2019 - 4:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales accuse China of crimes against humanity in the South China Sea

CHINESE LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press statement with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang in Manila on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

Duterte's withdrawal from ICC an 'act of desperation' – Human Rights Watch

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'[President Rodrigo Duterte]'s bald-faced effort to protect himself from the court’s reach looks more like an act of desperation for a man who appears deeply implicated in alleged crimes against humanity,' HRW's Param-Preet Singh says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte waves to the guests during the ceremonial confirmation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite canvass results and oath-taking ceremony of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority at the Malacañan Palace on February 22, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Can PH return to ICC in the time of Duterte? ‘Yes, through void ab initio’

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:56 AM

The Philippine Coalition for the ICC uses the same tactic of the Duterte administration and asks the Supreme Court to declare the withdrawal void from the start

ICC WITHDRAWAL. President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) became effective on March 17, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Int’l Criminal Court vows probe despite PH withdrawal

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:49 AM

'My Office's independent and impartial preliminary examination into the situation in the Philippines continues,' says International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

DRUG WAR. International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda vows to continue her office's preliminary examination into drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo from AFP

ICC investigators to be denied entry, deported if they visit PH to probe drug war

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Any attempt to gather more information about the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs will be taken by Malacañang as interference with Philippine sovereignty

Duterte slammed after Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal

Mar 17, 2019 - 2:26 PM

'You can withdraw but you cannot hide,' opposition senatorial bet Gary Alejano warns President Rodrigo Duterte

OUT OF ICC. The Philippines pulls out of the International Criminal Court a year after President Rodrigo Duterte expressed loss of trust in the international tribunal. Malacañang file photo

Philippines leaves International Criminal Court

Mar 17, 2019 - 9:21 AM

It's final. The Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court takes effect Sunday, March 17.

OUT AMID PROBE. The Philippine government leaves the International Criminal Court amid examination of President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs.

PODCAST: Ang pagkalas ni Duterte at Pilipinas sa Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Ang pagkalas na ito ay tila pagbasura sa ginawang pagsisikap ng mga human rights advocates na mapasama tayo sa ICC, isang prosesong tumagal nang 11 taon

PAGKALAS. Magiging epektibo ang pagkalas ng Pilipinas sa International Criminal Court sa March 17, 2019.

Withdrawal will make ICC investigation of Philippines difficult – expert

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:20 PM

‘The ICC depends on state cooperation for matters of arrest and surrender – and this has definitely been a problem,’ says international lawyer Priya Pillai

Duterte throws out decade-long fight for the International Criminal Court

Mar 13, 2019 - 3:06 PM

It took 11 years under 3 presidents for the Philippines to finally become a member of the International Criminal Court. That ends under President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

PH out of ICC soon: Eyes on the Supreme Court to intervene

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:50 PM

‘What are at stake here are available remedies for citizens where domestic judicial and law enforcement authorities, by sheer inaction, become unable or unwilling to prosecute impunity,’ says Romel Bagares of PH Coalition for the ICC

WILL THEY DO SOMETHING? The Supreme Court of the Philippines has still not decided on petitions seeking to reverse Duterte's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court days before the withdrawal becomes effective on March 17, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ICC team probes Rohingya atrocities in Bangladesh

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:53 PM

The International Criminal Court in a statement says the probe is part of the prosecutor office's 'ongoing preliminary examinations concerning the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar'

ICC PROBE. A young Rohingya refugee walks back to his home at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Belgium to take in ex-Ivory Coast president Gbagbo

Feb 02, 2019 - 7:03 PM

The International Criminal Court finally frees Gbagbo, after his shock acquittal last month on charges of crimes against humanity

ICC DECISION. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 15, 2019. Photo by Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP

ICC halts release of Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

Jan 17, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Prosecutors file a last-ditch challenge to keep Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude behind bars while the ICC looks at an overall appeal against the decision to acquit them

ICC DECISION. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 15, 2019. Photo by Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Arpee Santiago on importance of Int'l Criminal Court

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with human rights lawyer Arpee Santiago, as the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor conducts a preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines

ICC prosecutor says risk of 'grave crimes' in Congo ahead of vote

Dec 20, 2018 - 9:36 PM

Problems pile up ahead of the Congolese vote, with violence at electoral rallies, inter-ethnic conflict, militia attacks in the east and an Ebola outbreak

ICC Prosecutor: We will continue to examine PH war on drugs

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will carry on with her preliminary examinations despite President Duterte’s withdrawal of the Philippines from the ICC

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATIONS. ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announces on December 5, 2018, that she will continue to conduct a preliminary examination into President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Photo by Peter Dejong / AFP

Conviction of Kian's killers won't weaken ICC examination of drug war – experts

Nov 30, 2018 - 7:02 PM

(UPDATED) Of the 20,000 estimated deaths in the 'war on drugs,' the government has investigated only 76, excluding numbers from Manila, Quezon City, and Taguig

Youths groups hold a candle lighting ceremony in front of the Caloocan Community Police Station 1, in honor of slain teen Kian de Los Santos as a guilty verdict to the police suspects was handed down earlier today at the Caloocan RTC. November 29, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Central Africa ex-militia leader extradited to ICC for trial

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Central African Republic lawmaker and former militia leader Alfred Yekatom is the first to be extradited from the country to the International Criminal Court

EX-MILITIA. In this file photo taken on October 29, 2018 members of the armed forces arrest Central African MP Alfred Yekatom aka "Rambo" (C), who represents the southern M'baiki district former militia leader, after he fired the gun at the parliament in Bangui. Photo by Gael Grilhot/AFP

FACT CHECK: Duterte wrongly claims ICC judges are all 'white'

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:55 PM

But there are African and Asian judges, including a Filipino, in the International Criminal Court

[OPINION] What the ICC withdrawal is all about

Nov 03, 2018 - 3:07 PM

This controversy, at its most basic, is about one usurping the power that properly belongs to the sovereign Filipino people because he is scared of the shadow he himself has cast

Israel postpones demolition of Bedouin West Bank village

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor warns that Israel's planned 'evacuation by force' of the village could constitute a war crime

POSTPONED. This picture shows the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on September 6, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Rebus sic stantibus? SC aspirant says Duterte can unilaterally withdraw from ICC

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno stumbles on the doctrine at first, but eventually says that rebus sic stantibus may be used by Duterte to validly withdraw from the ICC without the concurrence of the Senate

ICC ISSUE. CEU Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno says President Rodrigo Duterte has basis to unilaterally withdraw from the International Criminal Court. Photo from JBC

Why usual dissenter Leonen leans toward Duterte in ICC pullout case

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:45 AM

(UPDATED) It seems Leonen wants to practice judicial restraint, a long-standing debate on the Supreme Court that goes as far back to President Diosdado Macapagal

JUDICIAL DICTATORSHIP. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns against judicial dictatorship if the High Court nullifies right away President Rodrigo Duterte's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Justice Carpio: Leaving the ICC will weaken Philippine stance vs China

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The senior justice, who says he has no more reason to decline a chief justice nomination, again challenges the policy of the appointing power, President Duterte

ICC WITHDRAWAL. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on October 9 that President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court would take away from the Philippines a "strong legal deterrent" against China. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Roque: Duterte didn't admit to anything because no such crime as EJK

Oct 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Malacañang uses technicalities to once more dispel assertions that President Rodrigo Duterte's remark on extrajudicial killings is an admission to a crime

3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.

Duterte's EJK remark a joke? Robredo calls it an insult

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:54 PM

'Insulto 'yon sa napakaraming pamilya na naiwan ng mga napatay dahil sa extrajudicial killings,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

KILLING. Nanette Castillo looks at the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte's EJK remark supports cases at Int'l Criminal Court – Trillanes

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:21 PM

'We would like to take this opportunity to call on the ICC to expedite the investigation of crimes against humanity committed by Mr Duterte to the Filipino people,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

GROWING FEAR. Senators say the steep decline in public satisfaction over the war on drugs shows growing fear and dissatisfaction over the bloody campaign. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte welcomes U.S. national security adviser's threats vs ICC

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Duterte welcomes John Bolton's words as a means of putting 'international pressure' on the war crimes tribunal, which is also currently examining if it has jurisdiction to investigate Duterte's controversial crackdown on illegal drugs

CHALLENGING THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. John Bolton image by Gage Skidmore and ICC building image by OSeveno from Wikimedia Commons. Duterte photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential photo.

International Criminal Court 'undeterred' after US sanctions threat

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law,' the tribunal says in a statement

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

U.S. threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:27 AM

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton says the US is prepared to slap financial sanctions and criminal charges on officials of the court if they proceed against any Americans

ON ICC. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

ICC can rule on Rohingya deportations from Myanmar

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:19 PM

The International Criminal Court's 'pre-trial chamber...decided by majority the court may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportations of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh'

ROHINGYA. This photograph taken on September 12, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees arriving by boat at Shah Parir Dwip on the Bangladesh side of the Naf River after fleeing violence in Myanmar. Photo by Adib Chowdhury/AFP

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Ruben Carranza on holding Duterte accountable in ICC

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:00 AM

On Friday, September 7, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza to talk about the prospects of the possible case against President Duterte before the International Criminal Court