15 July 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Gambia: ACDHR 66th Ordinary Session - Hannah Foster Decries Human Rights Violations Amid COVID-19
AllAfrica , 14 Jul 2020

Gambian human rights defender, Mrs. Hannah Foster, has raised concern about human rights violations in all parts of the world and Africa in particular amid the spread of the deadly respiratory disease called Coronavirus (Covid-19). "We all have seen that from all parts of the world human rights violations have remained a major concern in most countries. Since late December 2019, the Coronavirus which causes Covid-19 has held the world captive with uncertainties, fear and insecurity. In most countries, we've seen the freedom of association and assembly remains a major cause for concern in most of the countries reviewed," she said.

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Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogue with the independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
ReliefWeb, 14 Jul 2020

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an interactive dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, and concluded an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arabic Republic, said that, while States had the full right to defend their countries and their citizens against terrorists, they must do so in compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law, and this had clearly not been the case in Idlib this winter and spring. All sides had committed war crimes. 

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ICC prosecutor says defendant was ‘key’ to Timbuktu crimes
The Washington Post , 14 Jul 2020

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — An alleged Islamic extremist who went on trial Tuesday on charges that he policed a brutal Islamic regime in Timbuktu after al-Qaida-linked rebels overran the historic Malian desert city in 2012 was a “key figure” in the reign of terror, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor said. In an opening statement, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the extremists who occupied Timbuktu turned life the city known as the “pearl of the desert” into a nightmare, where armed rebels destroyed historic mausoleums and meted out public floggings, amputations, forced marriages and rapes.

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Creating a feminist alliance for trade justice
Open Global Rights, 14 Jul 2020

After more than 30 years of neoliberal globalization, the devastating gendered impacts of austerity, privatization, financial and corporate deregulation, and trade and investment liberalization have been increasingly acknowledged, even by some of its biggest proponents. These structural gendered inequalities have been further exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Guaranteeing the integrity, resilience and access to justice of indigenous women in times of pandemic in Guatemala
ReliefWeb, 08 Jul 2020

Indigenous women are particularly affected by the effects of the COVID-19 prevention measures, which are jeopardizing their integrity, their capacity to act and their access to quality legal services. The lack of access to protective equipment and information aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus, as well as the need to leave the house to try to earn some money, makes indigenous people, often living far away from health services, particularly at risk of contracting COVID-19.

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