02 February 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice

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Myanmar shadow government drops objections to ICJ's Rohingya genocide case
Reuters, 02 Feb 2022

Myanmar's shadow government, set up after last year's military coup, said it accepts the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hear allegations that the country committed genocide against its Rohingya minority. Before the military seized power last year, Myanmar's government led by the now-ousted Aung San Suu Kyi had filed preliminary objections to the ICJ over the case brought by Gambia in a move seen as likely to delay proceedings.

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‘We have to prepare’: Tigray’s neighbours on war footing as peace remains elusive
The Guardian, 02 Feb 2022

Ethiopia’s government has declared a new phase of reconciliation, but a cycle of atrocities on all sides has left a legacy of mistrust. War is far from over, say those on the ground. The vengeful cycle of atrocities and possible war crimes inflicted on civilians from all sides of Ethiopia’s civil war has left behind a poisonous legacy of mistrust. In Lalibela, though spared the worst, people reported cases of rape as well as looting of hotels, shops and private homes during the four-month rebel occupation. Though they all expressed a strong desire for peace, most viewed the idea of negotiations, which the TPLF has called for and which the central government is said to be considering, with suspicion.
 

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Following DR Congo murder trial, UN calls for death penalty moratorium to remain
UN News, 01 Feb 2022

On Saturday, a Congolese military court sentenced 51 people to death for the killing of Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp, former members of the UN Group of Experts on the DRC. Following a verdict in the case of the brutal murder of two its experts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) nearly five years ago, the UN on Tuesday urged authorities to uphold their moratorium on the death penalty.

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Germany: When Syrian Doctors Became Part of Assad's Terror
Justice Info, 01 Feb 2022

In Frankfurt, Germany, a Syrian doctor is accused of crimes against humanity. He is said to have tortured 18 prisoners in Syria’s military hospitals, depriving two of their ability to reproduce, and killing one. Dr. Alaa Moussa had lived and worked in Germany as a doctor since 2015. His trial, the second one on Syrian state torture before German courts, is bound to uncover medical violence against prisoners under the Assad regime.

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Israel’s apartheid against Palestinians: a cruel system of domination and a crime against humanity
Amnesty International, 01 Feb 2022

Israeli authorities must be held accountable for committing the crime of apartheid against Palestinians, Amnesty International said today in a damning new report. The investigation details how Israel enforces a system of oppression and domination against the Palestinian people wherever it has control over their rights. This includes Palestinians living in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), as well as displaced refugees in other countries. Amnesty International is calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to consider the crime of apartheid in its current investigation in the OPT and calls on all states to exercise universal jurisdiction to bring perpetrators of apartheid crimes to justice.
 

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Liberia: Massaquoi Trial Closes in Finland
Justice Info , 27 Jan 2022

The trial of Gibril Massaquoi, a former Sierra Leonean rebel accused of crimes committed in Liberia, came to an end on Monday, January 24, before a Finnish court. One year after the start of this trial, which included four months of hearings in Liberia and Sierra Leone, the defence and prosecution are backing irreconcilable versions of events. Judges announced that a verdict would be handed down on April 29 at the latest.

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Myanmar: World must act now to prevent another year of intolerable ‘death and misery’
Amnesty International, 27 Jan 2022

If the international community continues to drag its feet on the grave human rights violations including lethal violence targeted at protestors that we have seen in Myanmar this past year, many more people will suffer and this human rights crisis could worsen, Amnesty International said today ahead of the one-year anniversary of the 1 February, 2021 coup.

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Australia : Sanction Myanmar's Coup Leaders
Human Rights Watch , 27 Jan 2022

The Australian government, one year after Myanmar’s February 1, 2021 military coup, should impose targeted sanctions on Myanmar’s abusive military leaders and their business interests, six nongovernmental organizations said in a letter to Foreign Minister Marise Payne released today. In December the Australian government passed amendments to enable targeted sanctions against serious human rights abusers, but the sanctions have not been used. In the past year governments such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the European Union have imposed various targeted sanctions against Myanmar individuals and entities.The letter was signed by the Australian Centre for International Justice, Australian Council for International Development, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Human Rights Watch, Publish What You Pay, and the Refugee Council of Australia.
 

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