14 March 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Philippines to withdraw from International Criminal Court
by CNN, 14 Mar 2018

The Philippines says it will withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), a month after the judicial body started an inquiry into President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs. Duterte's spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement Wednesday the country had given notice that it would withdraw from the treaty that established the court.

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Home Office keeping torture victims in detention, inspectors report
By The Guardian, 13 Mar 2018

 The Home Office is keeping torture victims in detention at Europe’s largest immigration removal centre despite accepting clear evidence of their vulnerability, prison inspectors say. An official inspection report into Harmondsworth immigration removal centre, near Heathrow, published on Tuesday says that despite accepting evidence of torture in nine out of 10 sample cases, the Home Office continued to detain all but one of the people involved.

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UN: Maintain Pressure for Justice on North Korean Abuses - Discussion in Geneva Spotlights Child Labor, Media, Markets, and Accountability Print
by Human Rights Watch, 13 Mar 2018

(Geneva) – North Korean escapees and criminal justice experts will offer a rare view of pervasive human rights violations in everyday life in North Korea during a side event at the United Nations Human Rights Council session this week, Human Rights Watch said today. These abuses against children, market vendors, and media freedoms  are part of the pattern of widespread and systematic violations that demand UN response. Council member states  should back justice for gross and systemic rights violations in North Korea by maintaining support for strengthening its field-based structure in Seoul, South Korea, with international criminal justice experts.

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New ICC Presidency elected for 2018-2021
by the International Criminal Court News Desk, 11 Mar 2018

Today, 11 March 2018, the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), sitting in a plenary session, elected Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji(Nigeria) as President of the Court for a three-year term with immediate effect. Judge Robert Fremr (Czech Republic) was elected First Vice-President and Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut (France) Second Vice-President.

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