01 July 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Iran nuclear deal still best way to ensure peace, DiCarlo tells Security Council
UN News, 30 Jun 2020

Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, told the Security Council that the 2015 agreement – which the Council endorsed through resolution 2231 – remains crucial to the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture and to regional and internationational security. “It is therefore regrettable that the future of this agreement is in doubt”, she said, pointing to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal in 2018, the re-imposition of US sanctions and Washington’s decision not to extend waivers for oil trading with Iran.

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We Need To Do Better: Policy Brief for Enhancing Laws and Regulations to Protect Children in Disasters
ReliefWeb, 30 Jun 2020

While much progress has been made to improve the protection, participation and survival of children around the world, despite all the advances, violence, abuse and exploitation in disasters remain a stubborn and profoundly harmful reality for children. Children make up nearly half of the people affected by disasters. In 2018 alone, nearly 50 million children needed protection in disaster settings.

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Deal on digitalisation of access to justice will benefit citizens
European Parliament News, 30 Jun 2020

 On Tuesday, Parliament and Council negotiators reached an agreement to make access to justice faster, cheaper and more user-friendly for EU citizens and businesses. The two pieces of legislation under negotiation between the two EU legislators, respectively on taking evidence and on service of documents, aim to make judicial cross-border cooperation between national courts more efficient through digitalisation in civil and commercial matters. The two proposals constitute a package to modernise judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters and replace the earlier international, more cumbersome system of the Hague Conventions between the member states.

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Working Toward a Stronger International Criminal Court
Human Rights Watch, 29 Jun 2020

A panel of international legal experts has released an interim report on its work to review the functioning of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a first step towards efforts to strengthen the court. Last December, the 123 member countries of the ICC tasked 9 independent experts to assess the work of the ICC and recommend ways for the court to improve justice for victims of atrocity crimes.

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Kosovo: War Crimes Indictment Advances Justice
Human Rights Watch, 25 Jun 2020

(Brussels) – The indictment made public on June 24, 2020 against Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi and other former Kosovo Liberation Army leaders advances justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity during and after the 1998-1999 Kosovo war, Human Rights Watch said today. The statement from the Kosovo Specialist Prosecurtor's Office, which announced the indictment, says that it covers 10 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, enforced disappearances, persecution, and torture. 

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