25 Mar 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


ICC postpones procedures against Israel due to coronavirus
Middle East Monitor, 24 Mar 2020

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has postponed its procedures against Israel due to the coronavirus outbreak, ICC’s chief prosecutor announced on Sunday. According to the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that the procedures against Israel would be delayed for at least a month, citing the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Katanga’s Release ‘Aimed to Promote Reconciliation in Ituri’
International Justice Monitor, 23 Mar 2020

Congolese authorities have released two former militia commanders that the International Criminal Court (ICC) transferred to that country in December 2015 to serve out the remainder of their sentences. Thomas Lubanga, who served a 14-year sentence for using child soldiers in the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia that he commanded, was released last Sunday.

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Judges Question Witness’s Use of Voice Recognition to Identify Kwoyelo; Proceedings Adjourned Due to Presidential Decree on COVID-19
International Justice Monitor, 19 Mar 2020

The trial of Thomas Kwoyelo, a former commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), resumed on Monday before the International Crimes Division (ICD) sitting at the High Court of Uganda in Gulu. From March 16 – 19, the court heard testimony from two prosecution witnesses, one of whom testified in a closed session. 

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US Again Threatens International Criminal Court
Human Rights Watch, 19 Mar 2020

On March 5, ICC judges authorized the court’s prosecutor to open an investigation into grave crimes committed in connection with the conflict in Afghanistan. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on March 17 threatened two staff members of the International Criminal Court (ICC). He called them out by name, claimed they were putting Americans at risk, and intimated that the US could act against them, as well as other ICC personnel and their families. 

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Statement of the International Criminal Court concerning recent threats made against staff and their families
International Criminal Court, 19 Mar 2020

The International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "the Court") has taken note of recent statements alluding to possible sanctions against Court officials and staff and their families. The Court stands firmly by all its officials and staff, who perform, with integrity and dedication, essential duties for the ICC's mandate on behalf of its 123 States Parties, which hail from all regions of the world.  

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