02 March 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Law


Russia will not let Ukraine obtain nuclear weapons, Lavrov says
Reuters, 02 Mar 2022

Russia will not allow Ukraine to obtain nuclear weapons, TASS news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lvarov as saying on Wednesday. Russia launched an invason of Ukraine last week in what it called a special operation to demilitarise and "denazify" the country, a justification dismissed by Kyiv and the West as propaganda.

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Afghanistan, Myanmar to vote against Russia at UN
France 24, 01 Mar 2022

Afghanistan and Myanmar are vote for a United Nations General Assembly resolution denouncing Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to diplomatsAfghanistan -- ruled by the Taliban -- and Myanmar, which is run by a military junta, are represented at the UN by ambassadors appointed by the countries' previous democratically elected governments that were overthrown last year.The Taliban and Myanmar's military rulers have named their own UN ambassadors but they have not been recognized by the world body. The resolution is being led by Europea countries in coordination with Ukraine. 

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Canada: 169 potential graves found at former residential school
Al Jazeera, 01 Mar 2022

First Nation community in Canadian province of Alberta says search uncovered 169 'anomalies' associated with graves. Another First Nation community in Canada has uncovered potential graves at a former “residential school”, as the country continues to grapple with the scale of the "horror" that occurred at the assimilation institutions that Indigenous children were forced to attend for decades.

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ICC prosecutor to investigate possible war crimes in Ukraine
The Guardian, 28 Feb 2022

The prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC) in The Hague has announced that he will launch an investigation into possible war crimes or crimes against humanity in Ukraine. Khan said that although Ukraine was not a member of the ICC, it had awarded jurisdiction to the court. He said that there was grounds to open an investigation based on a previous preliminary investigation on Crimea and the Donbas published last year, and on current events in Ukraine.

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Gambia Calls for Justice as Rohingya Face Dire Threats
Human Rights Watch, 28 Feb 2022

A week of legal proceedings at the International Court of Justice in the Hague ended with Gambia making a plea for the judges to move swiftly and ensure that justice for the Rohingya is delayed no longer.On February 28, the hearings on Myanmar’s preliminary objections to Gambia’s case on the alleged genocide against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar came to a close. Yet the court could take a year before it decides on whether the case can proceed. In the meantime, the court’s 2020 order to protect the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Myanmar is still in place, providing a measure of protection. If the case proceeds, it would take several years before the court reaches a judgment.

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France violated rights of children held in 'inhuman' Syria camps, UN watchdog says
France 24, 24 Feb 2022

France has violated the rights of French children by leaving them for years in inhuman and life-threatening conditions in Syrian camps for family members of suspected jihadists, a UN watchdog said Thursday.The UN child rights committee ruled that "France has the responsibility and power to protect the French children ins Syrian camps against an imminent risk to their lives by taking action to repatriate them.". It stressed in a statement that "the prolonged detention of the child victims in life-threatening conditions also amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment."

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