International Court of Justice orders US to lift new Iran sanctions

03.10.2018 04:13

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The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered the US to lift restrictive measures against Iran linked to humanitarian trade, food, medicine and civil aviation. Iran had complained to the ICJ that the return to sanctions by the Trump administration following the withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement was a violation of the Treaty of Amity. US Secretary of State Pompeo announced that the US would terminate the Treaty of Amity and indicated that the US will ignore the ruling.

Verhandlungen über Verbot autonomer Waffensysteme

27.08.2018 11:12

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In Genf haben mehrtägige Verhandlungen über einen möglichen Vertrag zur Regulierung autonomer Waffensysteme begonnen. Zentrale Frage ist, welche Waffensysteme konkret reguliert werden sollen. Diskutiert werden insbesondere die Interaktion von Mensch und Maschine sowie die notwendige menschliche Kontrolle. 

Acquittal of Congolese Ex-Vice President

08.06.2018 11:10

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The International Criminal Court overturned the war crimes conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He had been convicted of murder, rape and pillage for actions by fighters he sent to the Central African Republic. The sentence was dismissed as the trial judges had not considered Bemba's efforts to stop the crimes committed by his Movement for the Liberation of Congo once he became aware of them. 

Nationalrat lehnt Selbstbestimmungsinitiative ab

12.06.2018 07:58

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Nach rund neun Stunden Debatten empfahl das Parlament dem Stimmvolk, die Selbstbestimmungsinitiative der SVP abzulehnen. Die Initiative verlangt, dass die Bundesverfassung gegenüber dem Völkerrecht immer Vorrang hat - unter dem Vorbehalt der zwingenden Bestimmungen. 

Surveillance and Human Rights in Xinjiang

04.06.2018 10:51

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Since 2017, Uighur people are being ranked according to their "trustworthiness". This is only one aspect of the human surveillance program going on in China's Xinjiang province. The Economist provides an insight into the scope of surveillance efforts and the way in which modern technology is used in this process. A great read, particularly while we continue to deal with the sheer endless flood of mails requesting our information because of the General Data Protection Regulation.