08 July 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice

Articles

Dozen of bodies found in Burkina Faso, and rights group suspects extrajudicial killings
Reuters, 08 Jul 2020

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - At least 180 bodies have been found in common graves in Djibo, a town in the north of Burkina Faso, Human Rights Watch (HRW), said in a report released on Wednesday, saying that the killings were likely carried out by government forces.
 

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Justice at Risk in Democratic Republic of Congo
Human Rights Watch, 08 Jul 2020

Addressing the nation on the eve of Independence Day last week, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, pledged to fight proposed laws that would undermine the country’s justice system. A group of parliamentarians loyal to former president Joseph Kabila hope to use their overwhelming majority in parliament to pass three draft laws on the courts. These laws would provide the justice minister greater control over prosecutors, including by intervening in criminal prosecutions and even sanctioning prosecutors for pursuing a case against the minister’s will.
 
 

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Myanmar: Indiscriminate airstrikes kill civilians as Rakhine conflict worsens
Amnesty International , 08 Jul 2020

Amnesty International has collected new evidence showing that indiscriminate airstrikes by the Myanmar military have killed civilians, including children, amid worsening armed conflict in the country’s Rakhine and Chin States. These attacks and other serious human rights violations by the Myanmar military, also known as the Tatmadaw, are taking place in townships where internet has been cut off for more than a year. Residents have been in the dark over the threat from COVID-19 and deprived of information about humanitarian assistance. Rakhine State has been largely spared a major COVID-19 outbreak, although cases were on the rise in June.

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Rampant human rights violations and war crimes as war-torn Idlib faces the pandemic UN Syria Commission of Inquiry report
United Nations Human Rights Council , 07 Jul 2020

Syrian children, women and men endured  unfathomable suffering during the military campaign launched late 2019 by pro-government forces to re-take the last remaining areas under armed groups’ control in Syria. Deadly dangers awaited civilians at every turn - from indiscriminate aerial bombardments and ground shelling, to arrests and torture, pillaging and dire displacement conditions at the border, according to a new report by the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry. Now a perfect storm is in the making as this war-torn region faces the global pandemic.

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Outcomes of the investigation into allegations of possible human right violations of the human rights to life, liberty and physical and moral integrity in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (A/HRC/44/20) (Adv unedited version)
ReliefWeb, 07 Jul 2020

Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 42/4, the report provides an overview of the human rights situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from June 2019 to May 2020, including the outcome of investigations into allegations of violations of the human rights to life, liberty and integrity of the person.

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