12 August 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


South Korea: Lawsuits against Japanese government last chance for justice for ‘comfort women’
Amnesty International, 12 Aug 2020

Ahead of South Korea’s memorial day on 14 August for “comfort women”, a euphemistic term for women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military before and during World War II, Amnesty International’s East Asia Researcher Arnold Fang said: “The atrocious crimes committed by the Japanese military against ‘comfort women’ may have taken place more than 70 years ago, but the fight for justice, truth and reparation for the remaining survivors is just as relevant as ever".

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Cross-border links between terrorists, organized crime, underscore need for coherent global response
UN News, 12 Aug 2020

“Comprehensive and cooperative responses are needed more than ever”, said Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The COVID-19 crisis is raising a new set of challenges for national authorities, as criminals seek to exploit vulnerabilities created by lockdowns and shifting travel patterns. Building the capacities to deal with these threats is now a key part of UNODC’s focus, she noted.

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The ICC’s Work in Congo Isn’t Done
Human Rights Watch, 11 Aug 2020

On June 17, the Canadian Partnership for International Justice submitted a letter to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) urging her to investigate the former Congolese president, Joseph Kabila, and senior officials from his government for atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This letter is a reminder that the work of the ICC in Congo is far from over. A look back at the court’s promises, achievements, and missteps in Congo reveals that the ICC should do more to bring cases addressing the accountability of senior officials for the gravest crimes and to provide increased support for domestic investigations and prosecutions.

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Protect Human Rights Defenders in Liberia
Human Rights Watch, 05 Aug 2020

(Nairobi) – Recent credible threats against human rights defenders who, for many years, have been fighting for justice alongside victims of Liberia's civil wars are a source of great concern, nine human rights organizations said. The threats were made to staff of the well-respected Global Justice and Research Project (GJRP), as well as to witnesses of alleged crimes by a recent defendant of a war crimes unit in the United Kingdom.

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