30 May 2018- NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Nigeria Must Exit ICC to Defeat Boko Haram, Terrorism - Report
by Kunle Olasanmi, allAfrica, 30 May 2018

The federal government has been called upon to exit the country from International Criminal Court (ICC) in order stand a better chance of winning the war against terror.Participants at an International Conference on Human Rights and Armed Conflict in Nigeria organised by Global Amnesty Watch in conjunction with the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said government must assure the military that it is insulated from the ICC as regards its operations meeting international standard of the rules of engagement. They accused Amnesty International of hindering the fight against Boko Haram by continuously blackmailing the military with the ICC.

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Venezuela Is Committing Crimes Against Humanity, OAS Panel Says
by Andrew Rosati and Jose Enrique Arrioja, Bloomberg, 30 May 2018

A panel of experts enlisted by the Organization of American States accused the Venezuelan government under President Nicolas Maduro of committing crimes against humanity, setting the stage for a potential investigation by the International Criminal Court. After spending months reviewing evidence and listening to witness testimonies, the experts said the socialist regime was involved in multiple murders and at least 12,000 cases of imprisonment and arbitrary detention. It also accused the authorities of torture, rape, political persecution and enforced disappearances. The experts recommended that the OAS General Secretary, Luis Almagro, submit the report to the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC, which could trigger an investigation of Venezuela’s government by the international court.

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Myanmar military could be investigated over Rohingya abuses
by SkyNews, 30 May 2018

Lawyers for 400 Rohingya refugees are to urge the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the Myanmar military.

The refugees are arguing that without getting justice for what has happened to them, the crimes will continue and spread to other ethnic groups.
Senior diplomats from the 15-member security council travelled to Bangladesh earlier this month to see first-hand the situation of the 700,000 Rohingya refugees who fled there from Myanmar military abuses.


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Most Victims in Katanga Case Opt for Housing or Income Generation Support as Reparations
by Wairagala Wakabi, International Justice Monitor, 30 May 2018

A lawyer representing victims in the case of former Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga says the majority of victims have chosen to receive support for housing or income-generating activities under the reparations regime ordered by International Criminal Court (ICC) judges. Victims can choose between support for housing, education for their children, or for an income-generating activity.

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War crimes court to start probe in Central African Republic: UN
by Africa News, 29 May 2018

A special criminal court to try the worst crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) is due to start its formal investigations next week, the United Nations’ deputy representative in the country said on Monday.

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What can Palestinians expect from the ICC?
by Al Jazeera, 28 May 2018

Seventy years have passed since the Palestinians were expelled en masse from their homes to pave the way for the creation of the state of Israel. The recent seven-week Great Return March along the Gaza fence focused the world's attention on the still unfulfilled right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and the more than a decade-long Israeli blockade that has turned the Gaza Strip into an open-air prison.

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