19 Dec 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice

NPWJ press release

Conference: “What Next for Justice in Syria?”
No Peace Without Justice, 18 December 2018, 18 Dec 2018

Euro-Syrian Democratic Forum and No Peace Without Justice are organising a conference “What Next for Justice in Syria?” to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 18-19 December 2018. After seven years of conflict, the world appears to be pushing for a normalisation of the situation in Syria, focusing on time-limited solutions, like localised ceasefires and the provision of emergency and resilience assistance, or developing long-term plans on constitutional reforms and elections for which the conditions are still lacking. All the while, these external actors are paying little attention to accountability for the crimes that have been committed throughout the conflict. If in the past the international community wanted to raise its voice against war crimes, crimes against humanity, and serious human rights violations in Syria, then now its priority seems to be establishing some form of stability among the many local, regional, and international stakeholders involved in the Syrian conflict through a diplomatic agreement based on normalisation rather than peace.

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The Jerusalem Post, 17 Dec 2018

Israel may face criminal charges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague if it approves legislation to expel the families of Palestinian terrorists, a top Israeli human rights expert warned on Monday. The bill received preliminary approval in the ministerial committee for legislation on Sunday. The legislation, which now needs Knesset approval, allows for members of a terrorist’s family to be expelled from their home within seven days of an attack or attempted attack. According to the IDF, they will be forced to relocate to another area of the West Bank.

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Central African Republic: Former CAR Militia Leader Arrested on Suspicion of War Crimes
All Africa, 14 Dec 2018

A leading African soccer official was arrested Wednesday in France on charges of war crimes committed in the Central African Republic. Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Patrice Edouard Ngaissona was the most senior leader and "national general coordinator'' of the anti-Balaka militia.

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Tunisian authorities must sustain progress on transitional justice
Amnesty International , 13 Dec 2018

As Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) nears the end of its mandate, the government must commit to implementing its recommendations in order to ensure that perpetrators of historic human rights violations are brought to justice, victims receive reparation and measures are taken to stop such crimes being repeated, said Amnesty International.On 14 and 15 December, after four and a half years, the IVD - which has investigated more than 62,000 cases of human rights violations dating back six decades - is due to deliver its main findings and recommendations at a conference with key stakeholders from government and civil society.

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U.N. investigation delves into Islamic State's crimes against Yazidis
Reuters, 13 Dec 2018

 A U.N. investigation into atrocities committed against Yazidis and others in Iraq will do more than simply gather information that will molder in an archive, the probe’s leader said on Wednesday, it will help bring perpetrators to justice. The team, led by British lawyer Karim Asad Ahmad Khan began its work in August, a year after it was approved the U.N. Security Council.

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Nicaragua: US legislation Key for Accountability
Human Rights Watch, 12 Dec 2018

United States President Donald Trump should move quickly to sign into law a bill that will allow targeted sanctions against top Nicaraguan officials and others implicated in egregious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today. The legislation will create a powerful tool to press the Ortega-Murillo government to end its pattern of abuse against opponents.

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