24 November 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice

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Belarus/Poland: Abuse, Pushbacks At Border
Human Rights Watch, 24 Nov 2021

The crisis at the Belarus-Poland border is leading to serious human rights violations against migrants and asylum seekers by both governments, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. People trapped on the Belarus border with Poland said that they had been pushed back, sometimes violently, by Polish border guards to Belarus despite pleading for asylum. On the Belarusian side, accounts of violence, inhuman and degrading treatment and coercion by Belarusian border guards were commonplace

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Documents Claim France Abets Deadly Egyptian Air Strikes
Human Rights Watch, 23 Nov 2021

A media investigation has alleged that classified documents show that a secret French military intelligence operation may have supported the Egyptian Air Force in targeting civilians under the guise of fighting terrorism. The documents appear to expose how the French government knew about the operation along Egypt’s western border with Libya but failed to investigate.

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Bangladesh: Halt Forced Relocation of Rohingya Refugees
Human Rights Watch, 23 Nov 2021

Bangladesh authorities should halt relocations to Bhasan Char island until freedom of movement and other rights of Rohingya refugees are protected, Human Rights Watch said today. Refugees and humanitarian workers said the authorities have already identified hundreds of families in the mainland camps to be relocated, starting imminently. These relocations would contravene the October 2021 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) signed with the Bangladesh government establishing a framework for UN support for refugee operations on Bhasan Char.

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Hassan Bouba: A Rebel Minister Before The Special Court
Justice Info, 23 Nov 2021

It took three days for the Special Criminal Court (SCC) to make official the arrest of Central African Minister of Livestock Hassan Bouba, a former senior member of the rebel group Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC). In ten lines, its press release announced on Monday, November 22, his incarceration and indictment for “war crimes and crimes against humanity” after he was brought before the Investigating Chamber “in the presence of his lawyer”. The detention order of Friday, November 19, 2021, signed by investigating judges Michel Ngokpou and Adelaide Dembele and seen by Justiceinfo.net, confirms the charges against the accused and orders his placement in pre-trial detention “for five working days”.
 

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French Justice Returns to Rwanda
Justice Info, 22 Nov 2021

For the third time, a trial is opening in France against a Rwandan accused of participating in the 1994 genocide against Tutsis. The case of Claude Muhayimana, a lowly hotel driver, will take the court back to the massacres in the hills of Bisesero, a place which holds painful memories in relations between France and Rwanda. He is on trail before the Paris Court of Assizes for "complicity in genocide and complicity in crimes against humanity".

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Afghanistan: Taliban Crackdown on Media Worsens
Human Rights Watch, 22 Nov 2021

Taliban authorities in Afghanistan are threatening journalists and imposing strict new media guidelines that especially harm women, Human Rights Watch said today. Taliban intelligence officials have made death threats against journalists who have criticized Taliban officials and have required journalists to submit all reports for approval before publication. New guidelines from the Vice and Virtue Ministry dictate the dress of female journalists on television and prohibit soap operas and entertainment programs featuring female actors.

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Problems in Afghanistan must not delay Australia’s compensation for alleged war crimes, rights groups say
The Guardian, 19 Nov 2021

Afghan and Australian rights groups have warned the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan must not be allowed to disrupt or delay Australia’s plan to compensate victims of alleged war crimes. A key recommendation of the Brereton report, released exactly one year ago, was that the Australian government provide redress to the families of victims, without waiting for prosecutions to conclude. The report found “credible information” implicating 25 current or former Australian Defence Force personnel in the alleged unlawful killing of 39 people and the cruel treatment of two others in Afghanistan and recommended a number of cases be referred for investigation.
 

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Venezuela and the ICC: Who's Fooling Who?
Justice Info, 19 Nov 2021

On November 5, the new Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Karim Khan announced that he will launch an investigation into crimes against humanity in Venezuela, and signed an agreement with its government. Has the prosecutor trapped himself by shaking hands with president Maduro? Or has he deliberately set an impossible task for Venezuela’s strong man that will open the door to justice in The Hague?

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