22 June 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Sudan: New Deadly Attacks in West Darfur
Human Rights Watch, 22 Jun 2022

 New attacks by armed Arab assailants on civilians in west Darfur since April 2022 have left hundreds dead, thousands displaced, and hundreds of civilian homes scorched, and property looted, Human Rights Watch said today. The large-scale violence has been carried out particularly against civilians in Kerenik and Kulbus. It underscores the Sudanese government’s failure to fulfill its duty to protect civilians and the urgent need for ramped up United Nations monitoring, protection through its presence, and public reporting on events in Darfur. 

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UK lawyers gather evidence for action against countries over Yazidi genocide
The Guardian, 21 Jun 2022

 A group of high-level British lawyers have been working privately on compiling evidence to show that one or more countries failed in their international obligations to prevent genocide against the Yazidis in northern Iraq. The lawyers, who formally announced their collaboration as the Yazidi Justice Committee (YJC) on Tuesday, have been working over the past two and a half years to investigate the genocide committed from early 2013 by Islamic State. The group includes five international human rights organisations and is chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, formerly a lead prosecutor at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Its lead patrons are the peers Helena Kennedy QC and David Alton.

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Netherlands says Russian spy planned to infiltrate International Criminal Court
France 24, 17 Jun 2022

 The Dutch intelligence service said on Thursday it had uncovered a Russian military agent attempting to use a false identity to infiltrate the International Criminal Court (ICC) which is investigating accusations of war crimes in Ukraine. Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov created an elaborate cover story dating back years to try and enter the Netherlands as a Brazilian national for an internship at the Hague-based ICC in April, the agency's head told Reuters.

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International Criminal Court prosecutor visits Kharkiv amid war crimes reports
Washington Examiner, 15 Jun 2022

 The top prosecutor for the International Criminal Court was back in Ukraine to visit the city of Kharkiv, the latest city where alleged war crimes have taken place. The day before Karim Khan visited the second-largest city in Ukraine, Amnesty International released a report that said, "The repeated bombardments of residential neighborhoods in Kharkiv are indiscriminate attacks which killed and injured hundreds of civilians, and as such constitute war crimes."

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EU, International criminal court, Dutch band together for justice in Ukraine
EurActiv, 14 Jun 2022

 The Netherlands, together with EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders and the International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor Karim Khan, will organise a ministerial conference on the accountability for war crimes committed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 14 July. The government’s website writes that the conference aims to help further strengthen and coordinate global efforts in gathering evidence, and carrying out investigations and prosecutions. “The international community has quickly taken important first steps to bring those responsible for possible international crimes to justice. It is now important to bring these existing efforts together so that all actions effectively contribute to justice for bereaved families and survivors,” said Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra. 

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