02 September 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Afghanistan frees nearly 200 Taliban prisoners to push peace talks
Reuters, 02 Sep 2020

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan government released nearly 200 Taliban prisoners to spur the start of long-delayed peace negotiations, senior Afghan officials said on Wednesday. The fresh releases are from a group of 400 “hardcore” Taliban prisoners, the fate of which has stalled peace negotiations between the government and insurgent group to end nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan.

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DR Congo: Fostering peace and reconciliation in Kasaï and Kasaï-Central
ReliefWeb, 01 Sep 2020

Interpeace hosted a national forum with partners in Kinshasa on 25 and 26 August, to discuss findings and recommendations of a participatory action research conducted in Kasaï and Kasaï-Central in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Kasaï region was relatively calm, in this country that has struggled with multiple conflicts, until violence broke out in 2016 between local militants and national government forces. The area became the epicenter of an intercommunal conflict that spread to neighbouring provinces.

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Rohingya Symposium: A Strategy for Strong Security Council Action on Myanmar
Human Rights Watch, 28 Aug 2020

Three years ago, my organization reported on the brutal campaign of Myanmar’s military, also known as the Tatmadaw, as it committed countless atrocities and forced more than 740,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. In September 2018, the UN’s Independent International Fact-Finding Mission urged the investigation of the Tatmadaw’s generals for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

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Belarus: NGOs call on UN Human Rights Council to convene extraordinary session
Amnesty International, 26 Aug 2020

The UN Human Rights Council must urgently convene a special session to address the human rights crisis in Belarus, where authorities have launched a full-scale crackdown following disputed presidential elections, Amnesty International and 16 other international and Belarusian NGOs said in an open letter. The letter also calls for the Council to establish an independent investigation into ongoing human rights violations.

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International justice for Lebanon?
Al Jazeera, 26 Aug 2020

The August 4 explosion at the Port of Beirut not only killed more than 170 people, injured thousands of others, and left at least 300,000 people homeless, but it also dashed the Lebanese people's hopes for a better future for their country. This is why, 36 United Nations Special Rapporteurs and independent experts, issued a statement earlier this month calling for an independent and transparent investigation into the explosion that underscores international human rights obligations, clarifies responsibilities related to the explosion, and leads to justice and accountability.

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