27 January 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice

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In a first, Yemenis seek redress for U.S. drone strikes at Inter-American rights body
The Washington Post , 27 Jan 2021

Relatives of at least 34 Yemenis alleged to have been killed in American military actions have asked an international human rights body to determine whether the deaths were unlawful, in a case that could draw attention to the human cost of overseas counterterrorism campaigns. The petition, the first of its kind to be submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, asserts that six drone strikes and one Special Operations raid targeting Yemen’s al-Bayda governorate during the Obama and Trump administrations inflicted catastrophic damage on two families. 

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Biden administration to review sanctions on International Criminal Court officials
Reuters, 26 Jan 2021

The Biden administration will “thoroughly review” U.S. sanctions on International Criminal Court officials imposed over investigations into U.S forces in Afghanistan, a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday. “Much as we disagree with the ICC’s actions relating to the Afghanistan and Israeli/Palestinian situations, the sanctions will be thoroughly reviewed as we determine our next steps,” the spokesman said in a written response.

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Violence in Darfur: NPWJ calls on the UN and Sudanese authorities to ensure protection of civilians and accountability for atrocities
No Peace Without Justice, 25 Jan 2021

No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) strongly condemns the renewed violent attacks against civilians in Darfur whose vulnerability and exposure to atrocities has been increased further to the recent termination of the mandate of the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and its withdrawal, decided by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 22 December 2020. The new UN political mission, UNITAMS, is tasked to support Sudan’s political transition, but has no mandate to provide reliable physical protection for civilians and is still not fully operational.

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Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, following the arrest and transfer of a third suspect in the situation of the Central African Republic
International Criminal Court , 25 Jan 2021

I welcome the arrest and transfer yesterday of the suspect, Mr Mahamat Saïd Abdel Kani (''Mr Saïd'') to the International Criminal Court (''ICC'' or the "Court'') to face justice for his alleged crimes as charged before the ICC. He is the third suspect arrested in the context of my Office's ongoing investigations in the Central African Republic ("CAR"), and the first person to be arrested from the Séléka side to the conflict.

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Rohingya case may face delay at The Hague
Anadolu Agency, 24 Jan 2021

A final decision at the UN’s top court in the legal battle against Myanmar for the alleged genocide of Rohingya Muslims could be delayed, as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is first set to rule on objections filed by Myanmar.

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Possible ICC probe into Gaza war crimes worries Israel
Anadolu Agency, 24 Jan 2021

With the end of the Trump administration, worries are rising in Israel over the possible reopening of an International Criminal Court (ICC) probe into suspicions of war crimes against the Palestinians. A decision to open the probe has been suspended since December 2019 to avoid a confrontation with the Trump administration, which imposed sanctions on the ICC in June 2020 over its probe into possible US war crimes committed in Afghanistan.

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