04 November 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Civil war fears in Ethiopia as PM orders military response to Tigray 'attack'
The Guardian, 04 Nov 2020

Ethiopia faces the prospect of bitter and bloody civil conflict after its prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, ordered a military response to an “attack” by the ruling party of the restive Tigray region on a camp housing federal troops. “Our defence forces … have been ordered to carry out their mission to save the country. The final point of the red line has been crossed. Force is being used as the last measure to save the people and the country,” Abiy said. Abiy accused the the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of attacking a military camp in the region and attempting to loot military assets.

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Poland delays implementing abortion ruling amid protests
Associated Press News, 03 Nov 2020

Poland’s right-wing government is delaying the publication and implementation of a high court ruling that tightens the abortion law and that has triggered almost two weeks of nationwide protests. A government official said Tuesday that the leaders are taking time to debate the contested ruling and find a solution. “There is a discussion going on, and it would be good to take some time for dialogue and for finding a new position in this situation that is difficult and stirs high emotions,” said Michal Dworczyk, the head of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s office.

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Belarus targets women human rights defenders after disputed August elections
UN News , 03 Nov 2020

Independent UN experts criticized Belarus on Tuesday for persecuting women human rights defenders, who have been involved in the mass protests underway in the country since August’s controversial presidential election. 

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Austria police launch manhunt after ‘terror’ attack in Vienna
Al Jazeera , 02 Nov 2020

Police in Austria have launched a manhunt after gunmen opened fire at multiple locations across central Vienna, killing at least four people and wounding 22 more in what Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz described as a “repulsive terror attack”. Authorities identified the gunman in Monday night’s attack as a 20-year-old Austrian-North Macedonian dual national, who wanted travel to Syria to join the ISIL (ISIS) group. 

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Situation in Kenya: Paul Gicheru surrenders for allegedly corruptly influencing ICC witnesses
International Criminal Court , 02 Nov 2020

Today, 2 November 2020, Mr Paul Gicheru surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "the Court"). Mr Gicheru, a lawyer formerly based in Kenya, is suspected of offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses of the Court.

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Human rights groups want report into 'bone-chilling' claims against SAS released in full
The Guardian, 30 Oct 2020

Afghan and Australian human rights groups have urged the government to release an inquiry into “bone-chilling” allegations of special forces war crimes in Afghanistan, saying the public “deserve to know what was done in our name”. On Friday more than 20 organisations published an open letter to the assistant inspector-general of the Australian Defence Force, Maj Gen Justice Paul Brereton, who is leading the inquiry into the conduct of elite forces in more than 55 incidents of alleged unlawful killings.

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