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Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the frontrunner in Sri Lanka’s presidential election, faces a lawsuit in the US for alleged extrajudicial killing and torture. M.A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Sri Lanka election: will the country see a return to strongman politics?

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the frontrunner in the presidential election. He was defence secretary during his brother Mahinda's presidency when the government is accused of numerous wartime atrocities.
Chen Yabian, 74, of Hainan Province, southern China, testifies during the International Symposium on Chinese ‘Comfort Women’ in 2000 in Shanghai that she was 14 when Japanese Imperial Army soldiers forced her to work as a sex slave during the war. AP/Eugene Hoshiko

Recent attempts at reparations show that World War II is not over

US agreements with Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria provide reparations to WWII victims. But an international law scholar writes that the US has failed to address war crimes in Asia.
In 2014, this boy was affected by what activists say was a gas attack on the Syrian town of Telminnes; the most recent chemical attack was reported in late November, 2018 REUTERS/Amer Alfaj

Syria may be using chemical weapons against its citizens again – here’s how international law has changed to help countries intervene

For decades, international law did not allow one country to attack another that was using chemical weapons on its own people without UN approval. That’s changed, which means trouble for Syria.
The tribunal in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh is looking at whether some actions of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime meet the United Nations definition of genocide. Wikimedia Commons

Cambodians await crucial tribunal finding into 1970s brutal Khmer Rouge regime

A potentially historic ruling on genocide by a tribunal in Cambodia on Friday could unsettle understandings of the past among Cambodians - and create a precedent in international law.
The acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba on war crimes charges puts the ICC in even deeper crisis. EPA/Michael Kooren

Can a regional court be a viable alternative to the ICC in Africa?

An African court with international criminal jurisdiction which has been debated but never been put into operation could be an option if Africa withdraws from the ICC.
Canadian soldiers display a Nazi flag removed from a building in Xanten, Germany as the Second World War was coming to an end in 1945. Recent research has revealed thousands of German women were raped by Allied forces after fighting stopped in Europe. (CP PHOTO/National Archives of Canada/K. Bell )

As we remember VE Day, remember too the German women who were raped

Recent historical research has revealed that after the Nazis surrendered at end the Second World War, thousands of German women were raped by Allied forces.

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