15 Aug 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


With Syria's War Nearly Over, Victims Take The Battle To European Courts
NPR, 13 Aug 2018

The Syrian war is winding down after seven brutal years, with hundreds of thousands killed, millions displaced and neighborhoods in smoking ruins. President Bashar Assad is on course to win, with help from powerful allies Russia and Iran. Now, activists who lost the challenge to Assad's rule on the streets of Syria are waging a new fight — in European courts.

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No Justice for Yazidi Women Yet: Why Not?
PassBlue, 10 Aug 2018

It has been four years since ISIS launched its genocidal assault on the Yazidi community in the Middle East. ISIS fighters have faced terrorism charges in Iraq and abroad, yet not a single ISIS fighter has been prosecuted for, much less convicted of, genocide. For the Yazidis, justice remains out of reach. In light of international consensus that ISIS is committing genocide, it might seem surprising that there have been no prosecutions. In Iraq, the reason is deceptively simple — genocide is not a crime.

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Myanmar to ICC: Rohingya jurisdiction request 'should be dismissed'
Reuters, 09 Aug 2018

Myanmar said on Thursday a request by the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to seek jurisdiction over suspected deportations of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh was “meritless and should be dismissed”.

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