IFDHR Relaunching as the Guernica Centre for International Justice (GCIJ)


We are pleased to announce that the International Forum for Democracy and Human Rights (IFDHR) is relaunching as the Guernica Centre for International Justice (GCIJ).  It will be based in London, Madrid and Washington DC. Our new website will be officially launched at and will be accessible from during an interim period. Please bookmark… Read more »

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Video: Toby Cadman discusses the Laws of War at TRT World

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The 21st century has already witnessed the worst humanitarian crisis since the Holocaust in Syria, a war which has included the use of torture, chemical weapons and incendiary bombs. The Geneva Convention laid out the rules of war when it was signed at the end of the First World War, but are the principles it… Read more »

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Comunicado de Prensa: G37 Despacho Internacional y Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers interponen querella contra miembros de las fuerzas de seguridad sirias

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G37 Despacho Internacional y Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers -su firma asociada en Londres- interponen querella por terrorismo de estado en la Audiencia Nacional contra miembros de las fuerzas de seguridad e inteligencia sirias. Nota de prensa MADRID, 1 de febrero de 2017 – Hoy, el equipo de abogados internacionales de G37 – Despacho Internacional y Guernica37 – International Justice… Read more »

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Press Release: Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers & G37 Despacho Internacional file a criminal complaint against members of the Syrian security forces

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Guernica 37 – International Justice Chambers and its partner in Madrid G37 – Despacho Internacional, have filed a criminal complaint before the Spanish National Court against members of the Syrian security forces and intelligence for the commission of crimes of state terrorism Press Release MADRID, February 1st. 2017 – Today, Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, with its Spanish… Read more »

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Peace and Justice for Syria


On 29th December 2016, days after the fall of the city of Aleppo -the once undisputable rebel bastion of the Syrian armed conflict-, Russia and Turkey acting as representatives of the two original sides of the conflict announced a ceasefire aimed at “reducing violence, preventing casualties among civilians and providing unhindered humanitarian access”. The agreement covered three areas…. Read more »

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Never Again: A Prayer, A Promise, A Vow


Image by: Ciberprofe The words ‘never again’ have lost all meaning. The holocaust survivor, author, political activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Eliezer Weisel, was referred to as a “messenger to mankind”. In his words: “Never again becomes more than a slogan: It’s a prayer, a promise, a vow. There will never again be hatred,… Read more »

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Interview: Toby Cadman discusses evidence of war crimes in Syria


Image by: Freedom House Connie Agius spoke to Toby Cadman, co-founder of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, who is preparing a brief of alleged war crimes in Syria. Listen to the interview here “We have seen highly credible evidence from a number of different sources in relation to Aleppo and other parts of Syria“. Toby… Read more »

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Enforced Disappearance In Bangladesh And The Lack Of Accountability


The occurrence of enforced disappearance is nothing novel to mankind, whether committed in times of war or times of peace. However, the human rights violation or the crime of enforced or involuntary disappearance in the narrow sense is a more recent phenomenon. Professor Manfred Nowak, a former international judge and former UN Special Rapporteur, in… Read more »

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Video: Toby Cadman – Sexual Violence in Conflict (Insight, TRT World)


United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that sexual violence in conflict represents the World’s greatest failure to protect civilians. Toby Cadman participates in the programme “Insight” to discuss accountability for sexual violence in conflict situations. According to Mr. Cadman, we need “a combined effort in erradicating rapes and sexual violence in conflict and recognizing… Read more »

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Interview: Is the International Criminal Court Losing Its Grip?

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The ICC has been part of the international infrastructure since beginning operation in 2002. Russia, never a full member, has recently indicated that it is formally withdrawing its signature from the founding statute of the ICC. Three full members – Burundi, Gambia and Namibia have stated that they are considering rescinding their memberships. The audio… Read more »

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Video: Toby Cadman – The International Criminal Court (Insight, TRT World)


Toby Cadman discusses the characteristics of International Criminal Law practice with specific reference to work before international tribunals. In this interview, he compares the investigatory necessities and difficulties of the ICC and domestic courts, and raises concerns over the lack of available resources at the ICC hampering their efforts to conduct effective and reliable investigations…. Read more »

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Der Kriegsverbrecher Assad gehört vor Gericht


Image: Zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt kommen dafür nur nationale Gerichte infrage. Je nach Land gibt es drei Möglichkeiten, in Syrien begangene Verbrechen zur Anklage zu bringen. Erstens wenn ein Staatsbürger des eigenen Landes in Syrien eine Straftat begangen hat – zum Beispiel deutsche Dschihadisten bei der Terrorgruppe IS. Zweitens wenn eigene Staatsbürger in Syrien zu… Read more »

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Event: Silence Over Rohingya Genocide


The Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (Burma) – one of the world’s most persecuted minority groups – are being subjected to brutal persecution, which can only be described as a genocide. This month witnessed an escalation of violence, mass rape, torture, forced relocations, blocking of humanitarian aid, burning and destruction of entire villages with heavy weapons… Read more »

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The Ingredients Of Politics


Image: newly appointed Ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Maqbul Ahmeed. Pierre Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada, is credited with the quote: “The essential ingredient of Politics is timing”. This is perhaps a development of the well-known maxim that ‘Timing is Everything’. Arguably, never a truer word has been spoken when one considers both of these… Read more »

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