27 October 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


Colombia: Crimes against humanity against indigenous people in Sierra Nevada must be punished
International Federation of Human Rights, 25 Oct 2021

On the occasion of the visit to Colombia of the new Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mr. Karim Khan, to continue the ICC’s monitoring of the preliminary examination of the situation in Colombia, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (Cajar) call on the ICC to maintain the preliminary examination, to assess the relevance and authenticity of judicial proceedings into those most responsible for crimes against humanity and, if no significant progress is found, to move on to the investigation stage.

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German court jails IS bride for crimes against humanity
Deutsche Welle, 25 Oct 2021

The Munich Higher Regional Court has imprisoned a German woman for 10 years after hearing she stood idly by as a 5-year-old Yazidi "slave" girl was left to die of thirst in the sun. The court found Jennifer W. guilty of "two crimes against humanity in the form of enslavement," as well as aiding and abetting the girl's killing by failing to intervene.

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Central African rebel commander faces war crimes charges
Deutsche Welle, 24 Oct 2021

Mahamat Said is facing more than a dozen charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC), including torture, persecution, enforced disappearance, and cruel treatment, over his alleged role in war crimes during the Central African Republic's civil war. Judges will make a decision within the coming weeks on whether or not to confirm the charges against the ex-rebel commander, potentially bringing the case to trial.

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UN fears new atrocity in Myanmar as troops gather in restive northern states
The Guardian, 23 Oct 2021

The United Nations fears another human rights catastrophe in Myanmar amid reports of thousands of troops massing in the north of the south-east Asian country, which has been in chaos since a February coup. More than 1,100 civilians have been killed in the country’s bloody crackdown on dissent and more than 8,000 arrested since the coup, according to a local monitoring group.

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Syrian war crimes on trial in Germany: Will justice be lost in translation?
The New Humanitarian, 21 Oct 2021

In the coming weeks, a German judge is expected to read the verdict in a historic trial: the first seeking to convict members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government of war crimes. But many onlookers will be listening for more than just the words “guilty” or “not guilty”. They’ll also be noting if the words are translated into Arabic, so millions of Syrians impacted by the conflict – or even just the few in the courtroom – can fully absorb the impact of the moment.

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Yemen war: Lawyers submit case to UK police accusing UAE, Saudi
Al Jazeera, 20 Oct 2021

Human rights lawyers have filed a complaint to British police accusing senior government figures in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of complicity in war crimes in Yemen. Guernica 37 is focusing on three events including a 2018 air attack on a school bus in northern Yemen, which killed at least 26 children, and a 2016 aerial bombing of a funeral in the capital, Sanaa, that killed 140 people.

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