14 August 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


German prosecutors won't probe Brenntag over chemicals sale to Syria
Reuters, 13 Aug 2019

German prosecutors said on Tuesday they had found no grounds to investigate Brenntag, the world’s largest chemicals distributor, over the sale to a company in Syria of substances that can be used in chemical weapons.

Read More

Venezuelan activist urges Raab to back ICC Maduro torture case
The Guardian, 12 Aug 2019

The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has been urged to draw on his experience as a former Foreign Office human rights lawyer to press the legal case that the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro has systematically tortured its people.

Read More

Colombia/Venezuela: Attacks on Civilians in Border Area
Human Rights Watch, 08 Aug 2019

Armed groups have committed egregious abuses against Colombian and Venezuelan civilians as they fight for control in Catatumbo, northeastern Colombia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

Read More

Security Council Failing Thousands of People Detained, Abducted in Syria, Civil Society Speakers Say, Demanding Information about Missing Persons’ Whereabouts
United Nations Security Council, 07 Aug 2019

Owing to vetoes and excuses by some of its members, the Security Council has so far “utterly failed” tens of thousands of people arbitrarily detained, abducted or disappeared in Syria, stressed civil society representatives today, as they demanded information about detainees’ whereabouts and support for grieving families.

Read More