09 August 2017 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


Prosecutor Serge Brammertz welcomes Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor
By ICTY, 08 Aug 2017

On 2 and 3 August 2017, the ICTY/MICT Office of the Prosecutor hosted the first visit of Prosecutor Snežana Stanojković, the Chief War Crimes Prosecutor of Serbia. Prosecutor Stanojković met with ICTY/MICT Prosecutor Brammertz, her office's EU-MICT Liaison Prosecutor and ICTY/MICT OTP staff. 

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Syria investigator del Ponte quits, blaming UN Security Council
By The Times of India, 06 Aug 2017

A member of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Sunday she was quitting because a lack of political backing from the U.N. Security Council had made the job impossible, Swiss national news agency SDA reported.Carla del Ponte, 70, who prosecuted war crimes in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia, told a panel discussion on the sidelines of the Locarno Film Festival that she had already prepared her letter of resignation."I am quitting this commission, which is not backed by any political will," she said, adding that her role was just an "alibi"."I have no power as long as the Security Council does nothing," she said. "We are powerless, there is no justice for Syria."

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Bashir, wanted by ICC, arrives in Morocco for a 'private visit'
By News24, 04 Aug 2017

 Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, wanted on genocide charges by the International Criminal Court, arrived in Morocco late Thursday for a "private" visit. Bashir arrived at Tangiers airport, accompanied by ministers and other senior Sudanese officials, according to the Le360 news site, considered close to circles in Morocco's royal court. Earlier in the day the official Sudanese news agency said the president was making a "private" visit of several days to Morocco, without giving details.

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For Qatar the Gulf Crisis is a Human Rights Opportunity
By Human Rights Watch, 03 Aug 2017

The age-old adage that finds opportunity in every crisis is truer than ever in Qatar today. No doubt the Qatar government is under intense pressure from its once-brotherly neighbours, led by Saudi Arabia. Yet it can take some immediate actions to alleviate the impact of the crisis on its citizens, as well as those who have sought shelter in the country from more repressive governments in the region; it can also take actions that may well deter its neighbors from violating the laws of war in its territory. These actions are not only the right things for Qatar to do; they are smart as well, with direct, practical import to the security and safety of its people. Finally, Qatar should move urgently to accede to the Rome Statute and join the International Criminal Court (ICC), as well as the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Joining these treaties is not just the morally sound thing to do. The protections they offer at this critical juncture are not hypothetical. They could provide an important shield of deterrence against Qatar’s neighbors, specifically Saudi Arabia and the UAE, should they ever consider mimicking the unlawful military tactics they have carried out in Yemen.

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