29 Aug 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


South Africa’s ICC plans should become clearer at international talk shop
Daily Maverick, 29 Aug 2018

South African Justice Minister Michael Masutha is due to address an international justice seminar in Cape Town on Wednesday, organised by Germany’s Wayamo Foundation and the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA). South Africa’s former Constitutional Court judges Navi Pillay and Richard Goldstone are to speak at the seminar, among several other prominent local and international jurists and legal experts. Pillay was also an ICC judge as well as UN Human Rights Commissioner while Goldstone was chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.


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Eyewitness News, 28 Aug 2018

International judges will hear closing arguments Tuesday in the case against former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, accused of war crimes including using child soldiers and sex slaves in his rebel army. Once known as "The Terminator", Ntaganda faces 13 counts of war crimes and five counts of crimes against humanity for his role in a brutal civil conflict in the DR Congo's volatile east more than 15 years ago. The Rwandan-born Ntaganda in September 2015 pleaded not guilty to the charges at the start of his trial before the International Criminal Court. 

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Myanmar's military accused of genocide in damning UN report
The Guardian, 27 Aug 2018

Myanmar’s military has been accused of genocide against the Rohingya in Rakhine state in a damning UN report that alleged the army was responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity against minorities across the country. The UN report said it found conclusive evidence that the actions of the country’s armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, “undoubtedly amounted to the gravest crimes under international law” in Rakhine as well as in Kachin and Shan, states also riven by internal conflicts.

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Central African Republic: Bar Amnesty for Atrocity Crimes
Human Rights Watch, 24 Aug 2018

 A general amnesty as part of the political dialogue in the Central African Republic would be incompatible with the government’s duty to bring those responsible for grave international crimes to justice and with victims’ rights to accountability, five Central African and international human rights organizations said today. The groups are Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Central African Human Rights League (LCDH), and Central African Human Rights Observatory (OCDH).

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