Magistrate Baltasar Garzon Sentenced to 11 Years of Disbarment by Partisan Spanish CourtGarzón dice adiós a la carrera judicial al ser condenado a 11 años de inhabilitación

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By José Yoldi and Julio M. Lázaro, El Pais | Translated by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | Wikipedia. As people protested outside the Criminal Chamber of the National Court in Spain, a group of partisan judges allied to Spain’s ruling conservative Partido Popular (PP, People’s Party) unanimously condemned Judge Baltasar Garzón to 11 years of disbarment for ordering the recording of conversations of the ringleaders of the corrupt Gürtel group connected to the PP. UPDATE: Translation of full El Pais article by DC, plus background on Gurtel case. UPDATES on Feb 10th: Video of rally for Garzon in Madrid; Garzon who vows to fight the sentence. UPDATE on Feb 12th: New rally in Madrid draws over 10,000 supporters.

Khmer Rouge Jailer Given Life After Appealing 30-Year Sentence

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By Mujib Mashal and Staff, Al Jazeera. Khmer Rouge chief jailer and torturer Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, escaped justice for over 30 years by hiding out as a Christian aid worker. On Feb 3rd, the 69-year old Duch was sentenced to life imprisonment after he appealed a 30-year sentence because he had only “respectfully and strictly followed the orders.” He is the first person to be brought to justice for the “killing field” atrocities. Cambodians have started a national debate around this case as part of their social healing.

Former Guatemalan Dictator Rios Montt to Stand Trial for Genocide

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By Danilo Valladares, IPS. A Guatemalan court has ordered former dictator Efrain Rios Montt to stand trial for genocide and crimes against humanity. If convincted, he faces 30 years in prison. This should cover Montt, who is 85 years old. Hopefully this is only the start, and the members of the army who perpetrated the crimes will also be brought to justice. (English | Spanish)

Frederico Garcia Lorca, Three Poems: Ditty of First Desire, Debussy, Fare Well | Frederico Garcia Lorca, tres poemas: Cancioncilla del primer beso, Debussy, El balcón

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By Frederico Garcia Lorca, Casa Poema, Kempis, Everything2 | Wikipedia | Commentary by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Frederico García Lorca, one of the greatest poets and playwrights in the Spanish language, became Franco’s most famous victim at the start of the Spanish Civil War. García Lorca’ remains might be buried in one of the unmarked graves that Judge Baltasar Garzon ordered exhumed as part of his probe into Spain’s fascist era. Judge Garzon is currently being persecuted by a judiciary linked to Spain’s new majority conservative Partido Popular (PP). (English | Spanish)

The Garzon Trial: Petty Vengeance

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By Robert Bosschart, Radio Netherlands. More than anything, Judge Baltasar Garzon is paying the price for seeking to uncover a vast corruption ring (the so-called Gurtel case) within a Conservative party that embezzled millions during its previous administration and has just returned to power. This case highlights the fact that the Spanish judiciary are top party hacks appointed by a quota system that divides up the slots among the political parties. UPDATED Feb 9, 2012.

Argentina Invokes Universal Jurisdiction for Crimes Against HumanityArgentina invoca la jurisdicción universal para crímenes contra la humanidad

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By Marcela Valente, IPS, Periodistas En Español | Princeton Principles of Universal Jurisdiction, Univ. Minnesota Human Rights Library. A judge in Argentina has begun to investigate human rights crimes committed during Spain’s civil war and the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco (between 1936 and 1975). The case is invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity and has landed in Argentina because Spain’s justice system is not effectively taking action. Indeed Spain is currently persecuting Judge Baltasar Garzón. This story is important to watch. Summary of Principles of Universal Jurisdiction included. (English | Spanish)

Rwandans Contributing to UN (De)stabilization of Haiti

By Staff, Defend Haiti. One hundred and sixty Rwandans left their country on Monday Dec 26, 2011 to replace the first group of Rwandan MINUSTAH police officers, of the same number, deployed nine months ago in Jeremie, a Haitian town that was not damaged by the earthquake and needs no (de)stabilization. What are Rwandans doing in Haiti? Might this contingent include individuals who have been accused of genocide?

Rwanda Genocide Organizers Get Life Imprisonment

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By Edwin Musoni, The New Times. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has sentenced both Matthieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera, who were President and Vice-President of Mouvement Révolutionnaire Nationale pour le Développement (MRND) respectively, to life imprisonment for their roles in the 1994 Hutu Genocide against the Tutsi minority. Though this sentence is welcome, the court stands accused of double standards and inconsistencies.

Libya: Tawargha, Bani Walid, Sirte Now Ghost TownsPueblos fantasmas de Libia

By Karlos Zurutuza, IPS | Chris Marsden, WSWS. Hundreds of thousands of civilians, many of them black, were permanently driven from their homes during NATO’s war against Libya.”They call this ‘liberation’? To me this is nothing but a blatant occupation.” – Abdulhamid Saleh (English | Spanish)

Britain Unites With Smaller Countries to Block US Bid to Legalise Cluster Bombs

By Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian. Cluster bomb manufacturers Israel, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, and U.S. pushed for the use of ‘bomblets’ that often maim and kill civilians. Their backers included France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Australia; but they failed to get an international agreement approving the continued use of cluster bombs.

Honoring Baltasar Garzón

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David Cole, The Nation. Judge Baltasar Garzón has reliably insisted on accountability for human rights violations, invoking the principle of “universal jurisdiction” for especially egregious crimes. He faces several politically motivated criminal prosecutions for his decisions and has been suspended from his judicial post while the cases against him are pending.

Aircraft Carrier Left Us to Die, Say Migrants (updated)

By Jack Shenker, The Guardian. Dozens of African migrants, crying for help, were ignored and left to die in the Mediterranean by a number of European military units, including a NATO ship, according to two of the nine survivors.By Jack Shenker, The Guardian. Dozens of African migrants were left to die in the Mediterranean after a number of European military units apparently ignored their cries for help, the Guardian has learned. Two of the nine survivors claim this included a NATO ship.By Jack Shenker, The Guardian. Dozens of African migrants were left to die in the Mediterranean after a number of European military units apparently ignored their cries for help, the Guardian has learned. Two of the nine survivors claim this included a NATO ship.

Cuba Condemns Killing of Gaddafi Relatives

By mh, rab, ycf, msl, Prensa Latina | By Patrick J. McDonnell and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times. In a statement published in the Monday edition of Granma newspaper, the Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the muders of Moammar Gaddafi’s son and grandchildren. Seif al Arab Kadafi, 29, and the three children were killed by NATO in an airstrike.By mh, rab, ycf, msl, Prensa Latina. In a statement published in the Monday edition of Granma newspaper, the Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the brutal murder of one of the sons of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.By mh, rab, ycf, msl, Prensa Latina. In a statement published in the Monday edition of Granma newspaper, the Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the brutal murder of one of the sons of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Dasht-i-Leili Massacre: USA’s Criminal War in Afghanistan (with video)

By Ferry Press. KFFR “The Voice of the City.” During the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in December 2001, Between 250 and 3,000 (depending on sources) Taliban prisoners were shot or suffocated to death in metal truck containers during their transfer by U.S. and Northern Alliance soldiers from Kunduz to Sheberghan prison through the Afghan Dasht-i-Leili desert.