10 February 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Balancing the US Approach to the ICC
Just Security , 10 Feb 2021

With the recent expiration of Donald Trump’s presidency, much of the global community seems ready to close the chapter of instability and unpredictability that defined U.S. foreign policy under the Trump administration. One aspect of Trump’s foreign policy was a rekindling of the conflict, which waxes and wanes depending on the prevailing domestic political climate, with the institution of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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#ElectTheBest: ICC Prosecutor position put to the vote
No Peace Without Justice, 09 Feb 2021

On Monday, 8 February, the President of the International Criminal Court's Assembly of States Parties announced that in light of the failure to reach consensus around a candidate for ICC Prosecutor, the States Parties will now have to elect the next Prosecutor through a secret ballot.  ASP President Kwon therefore extended the nominations period to Wednesday, 10 February 2021 at 12h00 EST.

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New ICC ruling ‘opens the door’ for justice in occupied Palestine – Independent UN expert
UN News , 09 Feb 2021

The ruling of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that is does have jurisdiction over grave crimes committed in occupied Palestinian territory is a “significant step forward in the quest for justice and accountability”, an independent UN human rights expert said on Tuesday. 

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Syrian NGO seeks a first before the ICC: Individual criminal liability for Greece’s abuses against refugees
Syria Direct , 07 Feb 2021

 The Syria Justice and Accountability Center (SJAC) has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor to investigate Greek authorities and European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) agents for abuses against asylum-seekers that could amount to crimes against humanity. 

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Dominic Ongwen declared guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Uganda
International Criminal Court , 04 Feb 2021

Today, 4 February 2021, Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") found Dominic Ongwen guilty for a total of 61 comprising crimes against humanity and war crimes, committed in Northern Uganda between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005. The verdict may be appealed by either party to the proceedings within 30 days after the notification of the Judgment.

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Biden announces end to US support for Saudi-led offensive in Yemen
The Guardian , 04 Feb 2021

Joe Biden has announced an end to US support for Saudi-led offensive operations in Yemen, as part of a broad reshaping of American foreign policy. In his first foreign policy speech as president, Biden signaled that the US would no longer be an unquestioning ally to the Gulf monarchies, announced a more than eightfold increase in the number of refugees the country would accept, and declared that the days of a US president “rolling over” for Vladimir Putin were over.

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