15 April, 2011

The International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

On 15th April 2011, judgment was delivered by the ICTY in the cases of Gotovina, Markač and  Čermak - See the Tribunal's website and the summary of the judgment below.  Gotovina and Markač now stand convicted of several crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war.

Čermak was acquitted on all counts.  Markač was acquitted on one count of forcible transfer (a crime against humanity).  Gotovina was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment (less 1956 days for time already in custody).  Markač received 18 years (less 1477 days).

Judgment Summary ICTY

12 April, 2011

Executions in Ohio

Clarence Carter is the latest person to be executed in the U.S.A. - this time in Ohio.  There have been 12 executions in the USA this year and 1246 since executions resumed on 17th January 1977.

The details of executions carried in Ohio in recent times may be seen on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction website.  A list of scheduled executions is also published.   Ohio has recently changed to the use of pentobarbital.

Death Penalty News reports on executions and pending executions around the world.

It is interesting that a nation which carries out so many executions also publishes (under Federal Law) a Human Rights Report which examines the state of human rights in other nations.  The 2010 report may be read via the Opinio Juris website.

Addendum:  On 17th May 2011, Ohio executed Daniel Lee Bedford.   He was the the 45th to be executed in Ohio since 1999 and the 1250th in the USA since capital punishment resumed on 17th January 1977.