19 Feb 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


ICC Prosecutor concludes productive participation at 56th session of the Munich Security Conference: “proliferation of conflicts and the toll they exact in human suffering reinforce the need to advance justice and accountability for atrocity crimes”
ICC, 18 Feb 2020

From 14 to 16 February, the Prosecutor of International Criminal Court ("ICC" or the "Court"), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, and her delegation attended the 56th session of the Munich Security Conference ("MSC"). This year's edition of the MSC, in the tradition of past years, once again served as an effective and helpful platform for the Prosecutor and her team to stress the importance of accountability for atrocity crimes in the high-level security discussions, and to advance the mandate of the Office through bilateral meetings held in the margins of the Conference.


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ICC trial in The Hague one option for Sudan's Bashir: minister
Reuters, 17 Feb 2020

Sudan could send former leader Omar al-Bashir and other suspects to The Hague for trial before the International Criminal Court, but any decision would need approval from military and civilian rulers, the information minister said on Monday. Sudanese authorities said last week that they had agreed for Bashir and three other suspects to appear before the ICC, without giving details of how this could happen.

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Siding With Israel, Germany Says ICC Has No Jurisdiction in Palestinian Territories
Haaretz, 15 Feb 2020

Germany announced on Friday that it has sided with Israel in the International Court of Justice in the Hague, claiming that it has no authority to discuss whether Israel committed war crimes against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. As reported in Haaretz, Germany filed a petition with the International Criminal Court in which it requested to be "a friend of the court" (amicus curiae) in deliberations that will examine if the court has jurisdiction to rule on the matter. 


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Australia's offshore detention is unlawful, says International Criminal Court prosecutor
The Guardian, 15 Feb 2020

Australia’s offshore detention regime is a “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment” and unlawful under international law, the international criminal court’s prosecutor has said. But the office of the prosecutor has stopped short of deciding to prosecute the Australian government, saying that while the imprisonment of refugees and asylum seekers formed the basis of a crime against humanity, the violations did not rise to the level to warrant further investigation.


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