LATEST NEWS

In this section:
* Recent Site Updates
* Introduction


Recent Site Updates

This site—formerly at indictsharon.net—was frozen in time in 2003. It remains online as a public information archive.



Confused by all the changes going on?

Read "The Sabra and Shatila Case in Belgium: A Guide for the Perplexed" by Laurie King-Irani, 16 June 2003.

16 September 2003
* 21 SEPTEMBERS AGO, Laurie King-Irani (16 September 2003)
"A man in his sixties, with kind eyes and a ready smile, waits until I am comfortably situated before he approaches me, pulls up his shirt, and points to an area just to the left of his navel. 'lammasini hon, sittnaa!' he quietly requests, 'Touch me here, Ma'am!' His middle-aged daughters sit silently around me, their eyes focused on nothing in particular as I gingerly comply with their father's request. Touching the damp flesh of his round white belly, I am shocked to feel the hard, spherical mass of a bullet trapped in his stomach muscles." On the 21st anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, EI's Laurie King-Irani reflects on the search for international justice on a journey from Beirut to Brussels. [MORE]


24 June 2003
* On learning lessons: Belgium's universal jurisdiction law under threat, Laurie King-Irani. (24 June 2003)
* "The Sabra and Shatila Case in Belgium: A Guide for the Perplexed" by Laurie King-Irani. (16 June 2003)


23 June 2003 - Belgium's law to be cancelled retrospectively?
* Belgium Debates Future of War Crimes Law, Associated Press. (21 June 2003)


15 June 2003 - Trial to move to Israel?
* Statement of the Lawyers for the Suvivors of Sabra and Shatila in reaction to the Belgian Justice Ministry's decision to start the procedure of transferring the case to Israel (15 June 2003)


10 June 2003 - Trial and Investigation to commence
* Sabra and Shatila plaintiffs welcome today's ruling by the Brussels Appeals Court opening the way for a full investigation and trial of Amos Yaron and others (10 June 2003)


29 May 2003 - Trial to continue!
* Human Rights Watch issues appeal to the Belgian government not to dismiss the Sabra & Shatila case war crimes case, (5 April 2003)
* Important decision by Brussels Appeal Court rejects request of lawyers for Ariel Sharon and Amos Yaron, (6 May 2003)
* JUDICIAL CAPITULATION IN BELGIUM: Sharon and Yaron withdraw from all judicial proceedings, (26 May 2003)
* In The Press has been updated with several press reports


23 February 2003
* Carte blanche: Un Juif belge prend la défense de son pays (in French), Léon Liebman, Magistrat honoraire, Le Soir Online, 21 February 2003.


20 February 2003
* Belgian Ruling Key Precedent for Human Rights, Green-lights Case against ex-Chad Dictator, Human Rights Watch press release, 13 February 2003.


19 February 2003
* The 12 February 2003 Decision of the Belgian Supreme Court Explained, prepared by Chibli Mallat, Michael Verhaeghe, Luc Walleyn and Laurie King-Irani, International Campaign for Justice for the Victims of Sabra and Shatila, 19 February 2003.
* English translation of Belgian Supreme Court Decision (unauthorised) [PDF format, 112K], International Campaign for Justice for the Victims of Sabra and Shatila, 19 February 2003.
* Note de Plaidoirie (in French) from survivors' legal team for Belgian Supreme Court [PDF format, 228K], International Campaign for Justice for the Victims of Sabra and Shatila, 12 February 2003.
* Opinion relative à l’avis du Procureur général près la Cour de cassation (in French) [PDF format, 188K], Eric David, 12 February 2003.


17 February 2003
* Belgium's challenge to war's ancient calculus, by Laurie King-Irani, International Campaign for Justice for the Victims of Sabra and Shatila, 17 February 2003.


13 February 2003
* In the press: Compilation of press coverage relating to 12 February decision of Belgian Supreme Court.
* Open letter to Israeli Foreign Minister Netanyahu from the Lawyers representing the Survivors of the Sabra and Shatila Massacre (13 February 2003)


23 January 2003
* Official statement: Concerning Positive Legislative Developments in Belgium: Plaintiffs Welcome New Bill, Lawyers Express Confidence in Relaunching Case against Sharon, Yaron, and other Israelis and Lebanese.


2 December 2002
* Press release: Lawyers representing the victims in the Sabra and Shatila case welcome the Belgian Supreme Court's decision to quash Court of Appeals' ruling in precedent-setting Yerodia case, 25 November 2002.


24 September 2002
* More developments: Our press section has had a couple of additions, with news and the full text of a very significant letter from Israeli women's groups on the 20th anniversary of the massacre.


18 September 2002
* 20 years on: Various articles relating to the 20th anniversary of the massacre in our press section.


3 August 2002
* Analysis: Universal Jurisdiction: Still Trying to Try Sharon, by Laurie King Irani, MERIP Press Information Note No. 102, 30 July 2002.


19 July 2002
* Court Diary: Press release: The Belgian law of Universal Jurisdiction gets a second wind, 19 July 2002.


11 July 2002
* Analysis: Belgian Court Rules that Sharon cannot be Tried, by Anthony Dworkin, crimesofwar.org, 1 July 2002.


6 July 2002
* In the Press: Sabra and Shatila Massacre Survivors to Appeal 26 June Ruling by Belgian Court Dismissing Case against Sharon, Others, 3 July 2002


28 June 2002
* In the Press: Court rules Sharon cannot be indicted for slaughter, by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 27 June 2002
* In the Press: Belgian court drops Sharon human rights case, by Gareth Smyth, Financial Times, 26 June 2002


27 June 2002
* Amnesty International press release: Israel/Belgium: Dismay at Sharon case decision, with an introduction by Laurie King-Irani, 26 June 2002
* Court Diary: Statement by the lawyers of the victims of Sabra and Shatila on the decision of the Court of Appeals in Brussels, 26 June 2002


15 May 2002
* Court Diary: Press statement following the Final Pre-Trial Hearing on the Admissibility of the Case Lodged against Sharon and others for Trial in Belgium under the principle of Universal Jurisdiction for War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity, and Genocide, 15 May 2002.
* Statement: UNIVERSAL JURISDICTION: Belgian court has jurisdiction in Sharon case to investigate 1982 Sabra and Chatila killings, Amnesty International statement, 14 May 2002 [PDF file, 45K].
* In the Press: A wolf in legal clothing?, by Aryeh Dayan, Ha'aretz, 16 May 2002.
* Documents: Additional Conclusions (en français), final document submitted to the court in Belgium on 15 May 2002 [PDF file, 96K].


9 May 2002
* Commentary: Landscapes of Impunity or Landscapes of Hope? The Choice is Ours, by Laurie King-Irani, indictsharon.net, 9 May 2002.


29 April 2002
* Events: Two international showings of The Accused today, on Canadian and Australian television. Click here for a transcript of the documentary.
* In the press: A Silent Revolution Is Underway in Human Rights, Activist Says, by Seth Sandronsky, CommonDreams.org, Sunday, April 28, 2002.
* In the press: Matter of moral inconsistency, by Gareth Smyth, Khaleej Times, 25 April 2002.
* In the Press: Prof discusses case on '82 Mideast killings, by Ali Alemozafar, The Stanford Daily, 24 April 2002.


22 April 2002
* Court Diary: Press statement: Response to the Belgian court's decision in the matter of Ndombasi Yerodia (16 April 2002)
* Documents: The Future of Head of State Immunity: The Case against Ariel Sharon, by Heidi Altman, indictsharon.net, April 2002 [PDF file, 87K, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF].
* In the Press: Analysis: Fighting the fog of war, by Claude Salhani, UPI, 18 April 2002.


12 March 2002
* Commentary: Prevent another Massacre: End Ariel Sharon's Impunity for War Crimes Now, by Laurie King-Irani, North American Coordinator of International Campaign for Justice for the Victims of Sabra & Shatila, The Electronic Intifada, 12 March 2002.


6 March 2002
* Court Diary: Press release: Belgian Appeals Court agrees to New Hearing, Re-Opening of Arguments, in War Crimes Case against Ariel Sharon and other Israelis and Lebanese


1 March 2002
* Court Diary: Press statement: Lawyers for Sabra and Shatila Plaintiffs Ask to Re-open Debate before Belgian Court following ICJ Ruling of 14 February, 1 March 2002


27 February 2002
* Site update: New Get Involved section replaces earlier "Donate to support the case" section. Information previously available remains intact. The main addition to this section is a complete list of committees around the world in solidarity with the case.


19 February 2002
* Document: Dissenting opinion of Judge Van den Wyngaert in the ICJ decision, who argued: "International law grants no immunity from criminal process to incumbent foreign ministers suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity." [PDF file, 195K, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF].


14 February 2002
* Court Diary: Press statement concerning the decision of the International Court of Justice


7 February 2002
* Document: Conclusion to pre-trial hearing, with endnotes (en français) [PDF file, 323K, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF]. The final document submitted to the court in Belgium on 30 January 2002, in French, was added to the documents listed in The Case Against The Accused.
* Site updates: The Court Diary and Frequently Asked Questions were updated today.
* Site updates: A new section, In The Press, was added to site navigation, and will serve as a collection point for media coverage of the case and relevant developments.


24 January 2002
* Court Diary: Press statement concerning the death of Elie Hobeika


23 January 2002
* Court Diary: Following today's final pre-trial hearing an update was sent out to the e-mail list.


22 January 2002
* Site update: This website was launched.


Introduction
indictsharon.net is the website of the International Campaign for Justice for the Victims of Sabra & Shatila, offering news on the case lodged in Belgium against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other Israelis and Lebanese responsible for the massacre, killing, rape and disappearance of civilians that took place in Beirut between 16 and 18 September 1982 in the camps of Sabra and Shatila and the surrounding area. Please link to this site.

This website aims to provide useful resources as well as timely news updates for journalists, researchers, legal specialists, and anyone else interested in the case. You will find material related to international human rights law, particularly the principle of universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity, breaking news about any developments in the case in Belgium, and background information about the accused, the plaintiffs, and the legal team lodging the case on behalf of the Sabra and Shatila massacre survivors.

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