23 Jan 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


European Parliament to hold hearing on the current human rights and humanitarian situation in Yemen
Brussels, Belgium and Rome, Italy, 24 Jan 2019

The Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Committee on Development of the European Parliament is holding an exchange of views on the current human rights and humanitarian situation in Yemen, which will take place on Thursday 24 January at 9.45 - 11.15 am.

This hearing will provide a unique opportunity to hear from leaders and advocates in the field of Justice and Human Rights as we press for an acknowledgement of the alarming deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen and explore how the European Union can contribute to a resolution aimed at ending the fighting in Yemen, easing the suffering of its population and providing accountability for the crimes and atrocities committed.

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The Hidden Danger of User-Generated Evidence for International Criminal Justice
Just Security, 23 Jan 2019

In the summer of 2017, judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) took a remarkable step. For the first time, they issued an arrest warrant based primarily on video footage that a user posted to Facebook. It was a harbinger of the 21st Century forms of evidence that will soon flow into international courtrooms.

The future of international evidence collection is no longer primarily in the hands of investigators employed by a Hague-based court. Ordinary users of cell phones can now influence what crimes and which perpetrators will (and will not) be prosecuted. For many, this is a cause for celebration. But it also raises some unsettling concerns.

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Central African Republic war crimes suspect sent to court
The Washington Post, 23 Jan 2019

A war crimes suspect who is also head of Central African Republic’s soccer federation has been sent to the International Criminal Court, where he faces allegations of leading a mainly Christian militia that targeted Muslims in deadly interreligious fighting.

The court says in a statement that Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona was transferred to the court Wednesday from France, where he was arrested last month on an ICC warrant.

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The CAR provides hard lessons on what it means to deliver real justice
Relief Web, 22 Jan 2019

The conundrum facing justice in the Central African Republic (CAR) was well summed up by Jean Pierre Waboe, Vice-president of the country’s Constitutional Court, whom I interviewed:

In a situation whereby the state does not exist, injustice becomes the norm. Anybody can set about doing anything. The breakdown of state control since the resurgence of conflict in 2013 has had drastic consequences for the possibility of any forms of governance – political, economic or legal in CAR.

Under these circumstances, the need for “justice” has become more crucial. For Waboe, however, the problem of justice in the country is that it’s seen as too formal, too distant, too complex, and too slow to respond to what’s needed. For justice to work, a country needs a judiciary system that’s functioning, legitimate and credible. And that can deliver justice that’s immediate, operative and helps populations to reconnect torn relationships. A justice that, for him, can “dry tears”.

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The International Criminal Court just acquitted the former Ivory Coast president. What happens now?
The Washington Post, 22 Jan 2019

On Jan. 15, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) acquitted Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Ivory Coast, and his former aide, Charles Blé Goudé, of all charges and ordered their immediate release from prison.

ICC prosecutors had charged both men with four crimes against humanity — murder, rape, other inhumane acts and persecution — after the political violence that engulfed their country in the aftermath of the contentious 2010 presidential elections.

What just happened in this three-year trial, and what does it mean for the ICC’s mandate? Here’s what you need to know.

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