13 Mar 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


South Sudanese individuals can be prosecuted for war crimes and crimes against humanity even in other countries, say UN human rights experts
OHCHR website, 12 Mar 2019

The Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has identified 23 individuals over the past year who bear command or superior responsibility under international criminal law for serious crimes related to the conflict in South Sudan. Members of the Commission, mandated by the Human Rights Council to investigate human rights in South Sudan, told the Council this morning that these individuals, along with previously identified alleged perpetrators, could face justice in courts around the world, not just in South Sudan.

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No barrier to investigate atrocities against Rohingyas: ICC
The Independent, 11 Mar 2019

The Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC) does not see any barrier in carrying out "preliminary examination" and subsequent investigation into alleged atrocities committed against Rohingyas by the Myanmar military though Myanmar is not a State Party to the Rome Statute.
"The ICC process is not about Myanmar, it's not about Myanmar as a state. It's about individual's criminal responsibility," ICC's Director of Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division Phakiso Mochochoko told reporters at a city hotel on Monday evening, reports UNB.

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'Syrians are not ready to forgive': Without transitional justice, Syria cannot rebuild
Middle East Eye, 10 Mar 2019

"How were you able to live together before justice was served? These people killed your family?" asked Sawsan, a Syrian urban planner in her late twenties and one of the participants of the Syrian Leaders Disapora programme.
The room fell silent at Sawsan’s question. All eyes intently focused on Eric, a former Rwandan footballer-turned-activist who watched his fellow colleagues massacred in front of him. We waited for the magical words to drop out of his mouth, so that we could recline back in our chairs, holding the key to peace in Syria in our hands.

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ICC urged to investigate Syria's forced deportations
AlJazeera, 08 Mar 2019

Human rights lawyers have urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open a preliminary investigation into alleged mass deportations by Syrian authorities, in an attempt to hold President Bashar al-Assad's regime accountable for atrocities carried out during the country's bloody civil war.
On Thursday, a group of lawyers filed requests with the ICC on behalf of 28 victims who were forced across the border into Jordan, according to a statement by UK law firm Stoke White.

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EU: Renewed Impetus for International Justice
Human Rights Watch, 07 Mar 2019

A fresh mandate for the European Union’s special representative for human rights is an opportunity to heighten efforts by the EU and its member states to significantly strengthen policies and actions on behalf of justice for international crimes and promote respect for the laws of war, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations said today.

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