20 January 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice

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Forced into Danger: Human Rights Violations Resulting from the U.S. Migrant Protection Protocols
Relief Web , 20 Jan 2021

For the last two years, the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), or “Remain in Mexico” policy, have forced almost 70,000 people seeking asylum in the United States to wait in dangerous Mexican border towns while their cases pend – in violation of U.S. and international law, which prohibits returning asylum seekers to places where they fear that they may be persecuted.

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Fiji warned on failings at home after winning UN human rights council role
The Guardian , 19 Jan 2021

Fiji has won an intense and secretive geo-political battle to become the first Pacific island nation to win presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council, but its ascension has come with demands from critics for it to address systemic rights abuses at home.

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Biden administration 'to declassify report' into Khashoggi murder
The Guardian , 19 Jan 2021

The Biden administration will declassify an intelligence report into the murder by the Saudi government of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Avril Haines, who has been nominated to serve as director of national intelligence. The decision means that the US is likely to officially assign blame for Khashoggi’s brutal murder to the kingdom’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Reconsidering the Digitalization of International Criminal Justice
Just Security, 19 Jan 2021

While the use of technology has undoubtedly advanced (and continues to advance) the international criminal justice field, the excessive optimism about technology – and eagerness to incorporate technology throughout the justice process, whether it is needed or not – has led many activists to ignore the numerous downsides, particularly the negative impact of the use of advanced technology and heavy reliance on internet-in-justice projects, such as remote documentation software and mobile documentation applications, on a victim-centered approach to justice.

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Violence flares for third day in Sudan's Darfur
Reuters, 18 Jan 2021

 Militia fighters staged a deadly attack in Sudan’s Darfur on Monday, residents said, as doctors said the death toll from a separate attack that began two days earlier in the region had risen to more than 100. The surge in violence will add to concerns about the departure of an international peacekeeping force that stopped patrolling in Darfur on Jan. 1 ahead of its full withdrawal and replacement by a Sudanese force. The latest attack took place close to the town of Gereida, where two residents said an Arab militia had attacked members of the Fallata tribe. One resident, Mohamed Salih, told Reuters that 47 dead had been counted. The reason for the attack was unclear, he said.

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Political chief highlights crucial cooperation between UN and the Arab League
UN News, 18 Jan 2021

Cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States has been critical to addressing the ongoing war in Syria, the search for a two-State solution for Israelis and Palestinians, and other challenges, the UN’s political affairs chief told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Monday. Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo outlined how overall, engagement with regional bodies is a UN priority, including in areas such as preventive diplomacy, countering terrorism, peacebuilding and now COVID-19 response. 

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Guterres welcomes Palestinian announcement of elections as ‘crucial step’ towards unity
UN News , 16 Jan 2021

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed Friday’s announcement from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of the first full parliamentary and presidential elections in 15 years, scheduled to begin in May.

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