28 October 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Police warn of tougher action as thousands join abortion protests in Poland
Reuters, 28 Oct 2020

Police warned demonstrators not to target churches again after some services were disrupted and buildings defaced in an earlier protest. Poland has been rocked by huge demonstrations, most of them peaceful, since its top court ruled last Thursday that abortion due to foetal abnormalities was not permissible under the constitution. The decision means only abortions due to incest, rape or a risk to the mother’s health remain legal, setting predominantly Catholic Poland far apart from the European mainstream.

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Ethiopia: Authorities ban protests as “illegal and unnecessary”
Amnesty International , 28 Oct 2020

Ethiopian authorities have banned peaceful protests against ethnically motivated killings which were due to take place on 28 October, in direct violation of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Amnesty International said today. The National Amhara Movement (NAMA), an opposition political party, had called for protests following the killing of scores of people from the Amhara ethnic minority in recent months. Officials of NAMA were on 27 October prevented by the police from accessing their party office in Addis Ababa, and from traveling to the various locations where the protests were to take place in the Amhara regional state.  

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Yemeni children suffer record rates of acute malnutrition, putting ‘entire generation’ at risk
UN News , 27 Oct 2020

Yemeni children are suffering acute malnutrition at unprecedented rates as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis grinds on and funding falls far short of what is needed to offset the effects of conflict and  economic collapse, UN agencies said in a statement on Tuesday.  

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Celebrations in Chile as voters back rewriting constitution
Al Jazeera , 26 Oct 2020

Tens of thousands of Chileans have taken to Santiago’s main square in celebration after people across the country overwhelmingly backed re-writing Chile’s dictatorship-era constitution that many see as the root cause of the country’s social and economic inequalities. In Santiago’s Plaza Italia, the focus of the massive and often violent protests last year which sparked the demand for a new charter, fireworks rose above huge crowds of jubilant people singing in unison late on Sunday as the word “rebirth” was beamed onto a tower above.

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Rohingya: Gambia files case against Myanmar at ICJ
Anadolu Agency , 24 Oct 2020

Gambia has filed its case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the alleged genocide of the Rohingya in a move widely hailed by the Muslim minority group, as well as refugee host country Bangladesh.

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