22 September 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


Cameroon: Repression Marks Crackdown Anniversary
Human Rights Watch, 22 Sep 2021

Cameroon’s authorities should ensure accountability for their security forces’ crackdown on opposition leaders, supporters, and peaceful protesters in September 2020, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. They should immediately and unconditionally release all those held for expressing their political views or for exercising their right to peaceful assembly, and end the campaign of repression against peaceful protesters and critics.

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Afghanistan: Taliban wasting no time in stamping out human rights says new briefing
Amnesty International, 20 Sep 2021

The Taliban are steadily dismantling the human rights gains of the last twenty years, said Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) in a new briefing published today, which documents the group’s wide-ranging crackdown since their seizure of Kabul little more than five weeks ago.

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ICC Prosecutor Mr Karim A.A. Khan QC appoints Seventeen Special Advisers
ICC News, 17 Sep 2021

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or the "Court"), Mr Karim A.A. Khan QC is pleased to announce the appointment of 17 eminent experts to serve as his Special Advisers pursuant to article 42.9 of the Rome Statute. The appointments, drawn from different regions of the world with cultural, linguistic and gender diversity, bring on-board rich expertise and experiences from different legal systems and specialisations.

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Environmental crimes brought before the court in South Kivu (DRC)
Trial International, 16 Sep 2021

The trial of a militia leader and his accomplice in the Congolese army opened on 13 September 2021. Both men face charges of mass crimes - including environmental crimes. Events occurred in 2019, when the militia took control of part of the Kahuzi Biega National Park (South Kivu) to illegally exploit its natural resources. The militia kept nearby villages under its grip by using extreme violence.

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Venezuela judiciary perpetuates rights abuses: UN investigators
Al Jazeera, 16 Sep 2021

Judges and prosecutors in Venezuela have played a significant role in serious rights violations against government opponents, UN investigators have said. In a new report released on Thursday, the UN team tasked with probing the rights situation in Venezuela slammed a dire lack of judicial independence in the country while detailing how deficiencies in the justice system have allowed certain violations, including the use of torture, to continue with impunity.

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‘Silenced’ Kosovo War Victims Given a Voice at Guerrilla’s Trial
Balkan Transitional Justice, 15 Sep 2021

Under a scheme to give victims a voice in war crime cases, a statement was delivered at the opening of the Hague trial of ex-guerrilla Salih Mustafa, claiming alleged victims of Kosovo Liberation Army fighters have been intimidated into silence.

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