10 January 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Central African Republic: Key Issues in Bemba's Appeal Hearing Against ICC Conviction
by All Africa, 10 Jan 2018

Did former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba's Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) militia have an organizational policy to attack civilians? And did the nature and scope of the attacks warrant their classification as crimes against humanity? These are among the key issues that will be addressed during an oral hearing in Bemba's appeal against conviction for crimes committed 15 years ago. The hearing is scheduled to begin on January 9 and will last up to five days.

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Knesset warned of ICC investigation in 2018
by MEMO, 10 Jan 2018

Israel’s National Security Council has warned the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee that the International Criminal Court (ICC) “will likely open an investigation at some point this year into the 2014 Gaza war and West Bank settlement construction”, reports the Times of Israel.

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Yugoslavia's War Crimes Tribunal Showed the Promise – and Limits – of International Justice
by HRW, 10 Jan 2018

This chilling description of the Srebrenica genocide was written by a judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague in November 1995, only months after Europe’s worst crime since the Second World War. As Ratko Mladic, the wartime commander of Bosnian Serb forces, begins his life sentence as an architect of those crimes and with the court that convicted him having closed on December 21 after almost a quarter of a century, it’s a good moment to look at the tribunal’s achievements — and its limits.

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