23 September 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice

Articles

The Netherlands’ Action Against Syria: A New Path to Justice
Just Security , 22 Sep 2020

The Dutch correspondence is an important step that could eventually lead to proceedings against Syria at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). This effort may prove to be yet another break in the concerted blockage on international accountability for crimes committed in Syria.

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At UN, Qatar emir questions world inaction on Israeli occupation
Al Jazeera , 22 Sep 2020

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has questioned the credibility of the international community as it “stands by, unable to take any effective action to confront Israeli intransigence and its continued occupation of Palestinian and Arab land”.

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UN Accuses Maduro Of Human Rights Abuses
The Organization for World Peace, 22 Sep 2020

The United Nations Humans Rights Council has “grounds to reasonably believe” that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has made orders on “crimes against humanity,” says a 411-page report released last Wednesday.

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Social-media platforms are destroying evidence of war crimes
The Economist , 21 Sep 2020

Social media opens a new frontier in such investigations. In 2016 a court in Frankfurt convicted a German national of war crimes after photos were posted to Facebook of him posing with the severed heads of enemy combatants impaled on metal poles in Syria. But social-media firms are in a tricky position. They are under pressure to protect users from horrific content and extremist propaganda, and keen to stay on the good side of governments.

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UN urges Turkey to investigate possible war crimes in north Syria
Al Jazeera , 18 Sep 2020

In a statement on Friday, Bachelet’s UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said it had noted an “alarming pattern in recent months of grave violations”, having documented increased killings, kidnappings, unlawful transfers of people, and seizures of land and properties and forcible evictions without any apparent military necessity.

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ICC rejects appeal against Gaza flotilla raid probe
Hürriyet Daily News, 17 Sep 2020

The International Criminal Court on Sept. 16 dismissed an appeal against a decision not to probe Israel over a deadly raid on an aid flotilla to Gaza in 2010.
 

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