09 March 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Law


Venezuela frees two Americans after talks with U.S.
Reuters, 09 Mar 2022

Venezuela released two jailed U.S. citizens on Tuesday in an apparent goodwill gesture toward the Biden administration following a visit to Caracas by a high-level U.S. delegation.
One of the freed prisoners was Gustavo Cardenas, among six Citgo oil executives arrested in 2017 and convicted on charges the U.S. government says were fabricated. The other was a Cuban American, identified as Jorge Alberto Fernandez, detained on unrelated charges. 

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Germany Indicts Alleged Gambia ‘Death Squad’ Driver
Human Rights Watch, 08 Mar 2022

Germany has forged ahead with efforts to bring justice for grave crimes with the indictment of a Gambian national accused of being a former member of a Gambian "death squad." 
Bai L. has been accused of crimes against humanity allegedly committed under former president Yahyja Jammeh. Jammeh’s 22-year rule, which ended in 2017, was marked by widespread abuses, including extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, and arbitrary detention. 

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International court of justice to fast-track ruling on Russian invasion
The Guardian, 07 Mar 2022

 The international court of justice (ICJ) has said it will decide “as soon as possible” on a Ukrainian demand for an emergency order that Russia halt hostilities immediately, after a hearing in The Hague that was boycotted by Moscow.
The UN’s highest court closed a hearing on Monday afternoon a day earlier than planned because of the Russian boycott. Ukraine said Russia was obliged to listen to whatever the ICJ ruled.

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Nearly 400 civilians killed in Afghanistan under Taliban rule: UN
Aljazeera, 07 Mar 2022

A new United Nations report has said nearly 400 civilians have been killed in attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover, more than 80 percent by a group affiliated with ISIL (ISIS).
It is the first major human rights report since the Taliban seized power from the former US-backed government in August, triggering concerns in the West about a broader rollback of rights for women, journalists and others. 

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Biden and the ICC: Partial cooperation, selective justice
Aljazeera, 05 Mar 2022

If you listen closely, you might just hear a collective sigh of relief from advocates of international justice and staff at war crimes tribunals.
Finally, the Trump administration is gone, and its vicious attacks on the International Criminal Court (ICC) are over. But before popping the champagne, it is worth asking: how will the new administration of President Joe Biden approach the ICC? 

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Could the international criminal court bring Putin to justice over Ukraine?
The Guardian, 02 Mar 2022

The prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC)  in The Hague announced on Wednesday that he had launched an investigation into possible war crimes or crimes against humanity in Ukraine. How likely are Putin or other Russian political or military leaders to be brought to justice and what are the obstacles that must be overcome for that to happen? 

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