16 September 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


As U.N. Turns 75, the Celebration Is Muted by Calamity and Conflict
The New York Times , 15 Sep 2020

The United Nations is about to celebrate its birth in 1945 from the ruins of World War II, though “celebrate” might seem an odd choice of word amid the long list of current global woes and the organization’s own challenges.

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War Crime Risk Grows for U.S. Over Saudi Strikes in Yemen
The New York Times , 14 Sep 2020

State Department officials have raised alarms about the legal risk in aiding airstrikes that kill civilians. The Trump administration recently suppressed findings as it sold more weapons to Gulf nations.

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Bolivia: ICC referral reflects country's ongoing 'polarisation'
Al Jazeera , 12 Sep 2020

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been asked for the first time to decide whether deaths linked to the coronavirus pandemic may constitute a crime against humanity after Bolivia asked the court to investigate former President Evo Morales and his supporters.

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'I had to kill so many people': the battle to protect children in conflicts
The Guardian, 09 Sep 2020

25,000 grave violations were committed against children in conflict in 2019, says the UN, which hopes to highlight issue with new international day. When Islamic State fighters rolled into Mosul, Iraq, they made promises. “When they arrived they promised us salvation, a better life, but within months our schools were closed and we were living in fear, prisoners in our own city,” says Usama Salem, 11.

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No safe haven: new report highlights Canada's failure to prosecute individuals accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity
Amnesty USA, 08 Sep 2020

In late June, Bill Horace was shot dead in London, Ontario. He had been widely accused of committing mass murder, rape and torture in Liberia during the 1990s. Despite a mountain of evidence against him, Canadian officials never charged Horace, allowing him to live freely in this country since he first arrived in 2002.

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Why America is facing off against the International Criminal Court
European Council on Foreign Relations, 08 Sep 2020

On 2 September this year, secretary of state Mike Pompeo marked a new departure in US policy by announcing sanctions on two senior officials of a treaty-based international organisation of which most major US allies are members, the International Criminal Court (ICC). The move will strike most Europeans as a blatant attack on the international rule of law, but it is also the culmination of an evolving confrontation between the US and the ICC that stretches back to the organisation’s founding.

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