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RWCHR Files Landmark Brief at International Criminal Court

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The Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR) has taken a significant step towards seeking justice for victims and holding perpetrators accountable following the tragic events on October 7th. On that day, over 1,200 persons, hailing from diverse nationalities and backgrounds, were taken captive by Palestinian terrorists from HAMAS. The RWCHR’s presentation of a legal landmark brief at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague marks an important moment in the pursuit of accountability for human rights violations.

The brief, comprising over 1000 pages of evidence and legal analysis along with accompanying video evidence, meticulously outlines the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity by Palestinian terrorists. These crimes include but are not limited to hostage-taking, enforced disappearance, torture, and rape. The RWCHR’s efforts aim to support ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan KC in his investigation and provide compelling evidence for the issuance of arrest warrants.

Irwin Cotler, the RWCHR Founder and International Chair, emphasized the significance of this initiative by highlighting that the perpetrators not only target Jews but also hold Palestinians, peace activists, and humanitarians hostage. He asserts that these actions undermine peace and our common humanity, emphasizing the imperative of holding the perpetrators criminally accountable.

Leading the charge in this historic endeavor is Brandon Silver, the RWCHR’s Director of Policy and Projects, renowned for his expertise in international human rights law. Silver’s past successes include aiding in the release of hostages and political prisoners globally, underscoring his commitment to justice and human rights.

The RWCHR’s international legal team, spearheaded by Barrister Michelle Butler of Matrix Chambers and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, brings extensive experience in international criminal law to the table. Butler, with her expert understanding of ICC proceedings, along with former top anti-terrorism prosecutors from the US Department of Justice at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, ensures a robust legal strategy.

In collaboration with the Families of Hostages and Missing Persons Forum, an Israeli civil society association representing the interests of the hostages, the RWCHR’s endeavor underscores the collective pursuit of justice. Together, they aim to bring perpetrators to account and provide solace to victims and their families in the face of heinous acts of violence.

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