06 June 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Rwanda appalled at chance of early release for genocide criminals
by Chris McGreal, The Guardian , 06 Jun 2018

An international court is expected to approve the early release from prison of one of the architects of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda – despite objections from prosecutors who claim it will undermine confidence in global campaigns to combat extremism.

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Do Victims Feel Adequately Represented in Ongwen’s Trial?
by Lino Owor Ogora, International Justice Monitor, 04 Jun 2018

On April 13, 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda notified the court that the prosecution had concluded presenting its case against former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen. This paved way for the second phase of the trial, in which the ICC judges permitted two teams of victims’ representatives to call witnesses to testify about the harm they suffered during the conflict in northern Uganda. This article explores community member’s reactions to this development and whether those in northern Uganda feel they have been adequately represented.

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Rohingya Victims Ask International Criminal Court For Justice
by Stephanie van den Berg, The Wire, 01 Jun 2018

Hundreds of Rohingya victims have appealed to judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to grant prosecutors jurisdiction to investigate deportations from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh, an ICC official said on May 31.

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Secretary-General Appoints Karim Asad Ahmad Khan of United Kingdom to Head Team Investigating Islamic State Actions in Iraq
by United Nations, 31 May 2018

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Karim Asad Ahmad Khan of the United Kingdom as the Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2379 (2017), to support domestic efforts to hold Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) accountable by collecting, preserving, and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group.

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