20 September 2017-NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


ICC holds fifth Seminar on Cooperation in The Hague with national focal points
By International Criminal Court , 20 Sep 2017

 On 12-15 September 2017, the fifth Seminar on Cooperation with national focal points took place at the seat of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "the Court") in The Hague, The Netherlands. For four days, a number of officials and focal points from States where investigations are being conducted – the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, the Central African Republic, Kenya, Libya, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Georgia – met with Court officials and staff to discuss cooperation with the ICC and share good practices. Representatives from other States, including Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Chad, Egypt, Jordan, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Tunisia, and Guinea, also attended, along with the Ambassadors for Senegal and France in The Hague as co-facilitators for cooperation of the Assembly of States Parties. 

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Witness Says He Was Caned 50 Times as a “Welcome” to the LRA
By International Justice Monitor , 19 Sep 2017

A former member of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) told the International Criminal Court (ICC) that he and other abductees were each caned 50 times as a “welcome” to the rebel group. Witness P-097 told the court on Tuesday that being caned was a regular punishment for failing to follow instructions or doing something a superior did not like. He gave the example of when he was caned 25 times for losing some cooking pans as he was crossing a river.

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Colombia struggles to deliver justice in army ‘cash-for-kills’ scandal
The Conservation, 18 Sep 2017

As Colombia’s 50-year armed conflict enters a post-conflict phase, the country is having to face up to the toll it took on millions of lives. There are more than 8m registered victims, and today, Colombia is host to 7.4m internally displaced people – more than anywhere else in the world. Atrocities were committed by all sides, including the government, and civilians were the principal casualties. As the post-conflict justice system takes shape, there are many individual rights violations and atrocities to be addressed. But the conflict’s most emblematic atrocity is the extrajudicial murder of thousands of innocent civilians during the so-called “false positives” scandal.

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Amnesty decries 'campaign of burnings' targeting Rohingya
The BBC News, 15 Sep 2017

Amnesty International says it has turned up evidence of an "orchestrated campaign of systematic burnings" by Myanmar security forces targeting dozens of Rohingya villages over the last three weeks.The human rights group is releasing a new analysis of video, satellite photos, witness accounts and other data that found over 80 sites were torched in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State since an Aug. 25 militant attack on a border post. The U.N. children's agency estimates that as many as 400,000 people have fled to Bangladesh since then.

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