28 February 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Kenya Drops Plans to Withdraw from International Criminal Court
by Mwakilishi, John Wanjohi , 27 Feb 2018

Outgoing Attorney-General Githu Muigai now says that Kenya has no plans of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC).Speaking at Strathmore University, the State Chief Legal Advisor said the country will remain part of ICC, but insisted that the Hague-based court must have a more constructive engagement with the African continent.

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Gary Alejano: Duterte can't do to ICC what he does to CHR, SC, Ombudsman
by Rappler, Jodesz Gavilan, 26 Feb 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano believes that President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration are pressured by developments in the International Criminal Court (ICC) despite public pronouncements that show otherwise.This comes as the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC on February 8 announced it was starting a preliminary examination into the high number of deaths under Duterte’s war on drugs "following a careful, independent, and impartial review of communications and reports.”

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ICC under fire for internal mismanagement
by Justice Info, 26 Feb 2018

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is again under fire for bad governance. In late January the International Labour Organization (ILO) handed down six judgments denouncing the “illegal” nature of steps taken by ICC Registrar Herman von Hebel as part of reforms launched in 2014. This comes as the ICC prepares to elect its next Registrar. Fourteen candidates are running, including the incumbent, Herman von Hebel.

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Unfair ISIS Trial in Iraq Hands Women Harshest Sentences
by Justice Info, 22 Feb 2018

Six months after about 1,400 foreign women and children surrendered with Islamic State (ISIS) fighters to Iraqi security forces, Iraq's courts are sentencing the women to life in prison and even to death for non-violent crimes. It’s just one indicator of how people viewed as colluding with ISIS are receiving unfaire trials. The women have been charged with illegally entering Iraq and, in some cases aiding, abetting or having membership in ISIS, which carries the penalty of life in prison or death under Iraq’s counterterrorism law.

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