13 April 2022 - News Digest International Criminal Justice

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The Taliban Promised Them Amnesty. Then They Executed Them
New York Times, 12 Apr 2022

When the Taliban swept into Kabul last year and reasserted control over Afghanistan, they suggested that their rule would be kinder, less extreme and more forgiving than it had been the last time they were in power.

 

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Success of Colombia peace process hinges on ending violence: Mission chief
UN News, 12 Apr 2022

Colombia’s dynamic peace process – which saw fresh strides with the holding of a largely peaceful parliamentary election last month – will succeed or fail based on efforts to halt the deadly violence faced by former combatants, social leaders and human rights defenders, the senior UN official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday

 

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Central African Republic: First Trial at the Special Criminal Court
Human Rights Watch, 12 Apr 2022

The opening of the first trial at the Special Criminal Court (SCC) in the Central African Republic will take place on April 19, 2022. This is a landmark moment to advance justice for victims of serious crimes committed in the Central African Republic. The SCC is a new court based in Bangui, the nation’s capital, with a mix of national and international judges and staff. The court was established to investigate and prosecute serious international crimes committed since 2003.

 

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Brazil for first time invites EU monitors to upcoming elections
Al Jazeera, 12 Apr 2022

Brazil has for the first time invited European Union representatives to observe its upcoming elections, its electoral authority has said. The move comes after President Jair Bolsonaro made unfounded claims of fraud and questioned the validity of Brazil’s electronic voting system following regional elections in 2020.

 

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Survivors react to the first-ever trial for war crimes in Darfur
NPR News, 12 Apr 2022

Last Tuesday, Elfadel Arbab was at work in Portland, Maine, as the trial of Ali Kushayb opened at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. It was a moment 19 years in the making.

 

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U.S. and European partners take down hacker website RaidForums
Reuters, 12 Apr 2022

U.S. and European authorities said on Tuesday they had seized RaidForums, a popular website used by hackers to buy and sell stolen data, and the United States also unsealed charges against the website's founder and chief administrator Diego Santos Coelho.

 

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Indonesia's parliament passes landmark bill on sexual violence
Reuters, 12 Apr 2022

Indonesia's parliament passed a long-awaited bill on Tuesday to tackle sexual violence, aimed at building stronger cases and helping victims to secure justice in a country where sexual abuse has often been regarded as a private matter.

 

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Justice Roberts' criticism of 'shadow docket' underscores the problem
Reuters, 08 Apr 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts joined liberal members of the court for the first time on Wednesday in a substantive critique -- a disapproval, even -- of how his conservative colleagues have been abusing the court’s emergency docket, better known in recent years as the shadow docket

 

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