20 June 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


Court orders Denmark to compensate 18 Iraqis over torture
By Al Jazeera, 20 Jun 2018

A court in Denmark has ordered the government to compensate 18 civilians who were tortured during the Iraq war in an operation carried out by Iraqi security forces along with a Danish battalion. In total, 23 plaintiffs had sued _Denmark after they were arrested and subjected to "torture and inhumane treatment" in 2004 during operation 'Green Desert' near Iraq's main port city of Bas

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Colombia again delays war crimes tribunal bill
by Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports, 19 Jun 2018

Colombia’s congress has suspended debates over the country’s war crimes tribunal at the request of president-elect Ivan Duque.
The United Nations last week asked Congress to move forward with the legislation over the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), claiming the court “is the hope for victims that have been demanding justice for ages.”

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South Africa and the ICC: Dismantling the international criminal justice system to protect one individual?
by Daily Maverick , 19 Jun 2018

 The introduction of the International Crimes Bill before the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services, two weeks ago, signals steadfast resolve to eventually withdraw from the Rome Statute. Is South Africa dismantling its own international criminal justice framework for one man who they will, despite withdrawal, still be legally obligated to arrest and surrender for as long as he remains wanted by the International Criminal Court? 

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Bemba in Belgium After Release From ICC Detention
by Wairagala Wakabi, International Justice Monitor, 18 Jun 2018

Jean-Pierre Bemba, the Congolese opposition leader freed from International Criminal Court (ICC) detention last Friday, was released to Belgium, whose government did not object to his presence in the country. The 55-year-old former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo has a home in Belgium, where his wife and children live. He was initially arrested from the country back in May 2008 before being handed over to the ICC in July of that year.

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Peru: Inter-American Court rules that the Peruvian courts should review the pardon granted to Fujimori
by Amnesty International, 18 Jun 2018

In a landmark judgment announced on 15 June 2018, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the Peruvian courts must review whether the pardon granted to former President Alberto Fujimori constitutes an unnecessary and disproportionate impact on the right of access to justice of the victims of the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta cases. This sets a historic precedent for human rights, Amnesty International said today.

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