29 September 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice

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Algeria: Stop using bogus terrorism charges to prosecute peaceful activists and journalists
Amnesty International, 28 Sep 2021

The Algerian authorities are increasingly resorting to broadly worded terrorism-related charges to prosecute journalists, human rights defenders and political activists and to criminalize two political organizations by labelling them as “terrorists” in a new clampdown on dissent, Amnesty International said today. In June, the authorities amended the definition of “terrorism” to allow the prosecution of peaceful activists and critical voices.

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Families of suspected IS-linked detainees in Syria file court action against Canada
Middle East Eye, 28 Sep 2021

The families of more than two dozen Canadians held in Kurdish-run camps and prisons in Syria for people suspected of having links to the Islamic State (IS) group have filed a court application against the Canadian government, accusing Ottawa of failing to bring their loved ones home. The relatives, who remained anonymous, allege that the government failed "to take all reasonable steps" to repatriate Canadian detainees captured by US-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria.

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Guinea: Justice for 2009 massacre must be at heart of political transition
UN News, 28 Sep 2021

The UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict on Tuesday urged authorities in Guinea to abide by their commitment towards impartial and independent justice, including in relation to a massacre of protesters in the capital, 12 years ago. Pramila Patten called for accountability for the 28 September 2009 incident to be at the heart of the country’s political transition. The massacre occurred when security forces opened fire on thousands of demonstrators attending an opposition rally at a stadium in the capital, Conakry.  At least 156 people were killed or disappeared, and at least 109 women and girls were subjected to sexual violence. 

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Female Afghan judges hunted by the murderers they convicted
BBC, 28 Sep 2021

They were the trailblazers of women's rights in Afghanistan. They were the staunch defenders of the law, seeking justice for their country's most marginalised. But now, more than 220 female Afghan judges are in hiding due to fear of retribution under Taliban rule. Six former female judges spoke to the BBC from secret locations across Afghanistan.

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Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim A. A. Khan QC, following the application for an expedited order under article 18(2) seeking authorisation to resume investigations in the Situation in Afghanistan
ICC News, 27 Sep 2021

"Today, I filed an application for an expedited order before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or the "Court") seeking authorisation for my Office to resume its investigation in the Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan ("Afghanistan"). On 5 March 2020, the ICC's Appeals Chamber authorised my Office to investigate alleged atrocity crimes committed within the context of the Afghanistan situation since 1 July 2002."

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This Is What Impunity Looks Like. Myanmar’s Coup Built on Years of Failed Accountability
Human Rights Watch, 27 Sep 2021

On August 1, Myanmar’s commander-in-chief, Sr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, dressed in civilian clothes, made a televised speech six months to the day after leading a coup that thrust the country back under brutal military rule. Amid claims of establishing a multiparty democracy, the junta leader announced that his manufactured state of emergency, which has given rise to massive human rights abuses, would be extended until August 2023.

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Venezuela: Joint Statement from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch at the UN Human Rights Council
Human Rights Watch, 24 Sep 2021

"Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch welcome the report and update by the Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela. Like the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM), our organisations have reported on crimes under international law and human rights violations by Venezuelan security forces and armed pro-government groups, including violations of the right to life, physical integrity, and freedom."

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