10 October 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


France faces Hague complaint over Polynesia nuclear tests
France24, 10 Oct 2018

A complaint has been filed at the Hague-based International Criminal Court against France for alleged crimes against humanity over nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific, a French Polynesian opposition leader said on Tuesday.

"It's with a great sense of duty and determination that we filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court on October 2 for crimes against humanity," Oscar Temaru, who is also the French archipelago's former president, said at the United Nations.

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China disappeared Interpol’s chief. The world can’t pretend it’s business as usual.
The Washington Post, 10 Oct 2018

In the past week, reports of Chinese authorities' latest audacious move — forcibly detaining Meng Hongwei, then the president of the international police organization Interpol — has made clear Chinese President Xi Jinping's deep disdain for the rule of law. But some of Xi's aspirations could be thwarted if global organizations responded with more-robust opposition to his abuses of power.

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Myanmar is ‘unwilling’ to investigate abuses against Rohingya, UN says, suggesting international criminal court must act instead
South China Morning Post, 09 Oct 2018

Myanmar is “unable and unwilling” to investigate its abuses against Rohingya Muslims, a UN rights envoy has said, bolstering calls for the country’s generals to be hauled before an international court.

A UN fact-finding mission has called for Myanmar’s top brass to be investigated for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes over a brutal crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state that forced more than 720,000 of the beleaguered minority to flee the country to Bangladesh.

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Hague Prosecutor: War Crimes Cooperation Deteriorating
Balkan Insight, 09 Oct 2018

Serge Brammertz told a conference in Zagreb on Tuesday that former Yugoslav states are cooperating poorly on prosecuting war criminals and that officials are not interested in condemning the crimes committed in the 1990s.

“The unfortunate fact is that the situation is bad, and it has been regressing for a few years - in terms of state prosecution of war criminals and regional cooperation,” Brammertz told the conference entitled ‘Justice after The Hague’, organised by the NGO Documenta - Centre for Dealing with the Past.

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With boundaries blurring between crime and terror, international cooperation’s vital, UN highlights
UN News, 08 Oct 2018

Terror groups are getting increasingly-involved in “lucrative” criminal activities such as trading in natural resources and human trafficking, Michèle Coninsx, the Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), told the Security Council briefing on the issue.

Similarly, criminal groups join hands with terrorists, and are providing services such as counterfeiting, arms dealing, and helping to smuggle terrorists from one country to another, she said.

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U.N. court says U.S. must lift Iran sanctions on "humanitarian" goods
CBS News, 03 Oct 2018

The United Nations' top court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on "humanitarian" goods to Iran that President Donald Trump re-imposed after pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) unanimously ruled that Washington "shall remove by means of its choosing any impediments arising from the measures announced on May 8 to the free exportation to Iran of medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities" as well as airplane parts, said judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf.

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