31 March 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice

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Reflections on the Election of the Third ICC Prosecutor
NPWJ Press Release, 16 Mar 2021

No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) had welcomed the establishment of the Committee on the Election of the Prosecutor (CEP) and Panel of Experts as a process that could guarantee greater transparency and ensure that competency rather than vote-trading would guide the selection of the next ICC Prosecutor, including by producing a short list of “most highly qualified candidates”.

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Bosco Ntaganda: ICC upholds Congolese rebel leader’s conviction
Al Jazeera, 30 Mar 2021

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has upheld the conviction and 30-year prison sentence of a Congolese rebel leader known as “The Terminator” who was found guilty of crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery. Bosco Ntaganda was convicted in July 2019 for his role as a commander of rebels responsible for atrocities committed during a conflict in a mineral-rich region of Congo in 2002-03.

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Myanmar military a 'terrorist group' that should face international court, advisory council says
The Guardian, 29 Mar 2021

The Myanmar military is a “terrorist group” that should be brought before the international criminal court, and funds flowing to it should be cut via a global sanctions regime, the Special Advisory Council for Myanmar says.

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Bangladesh: Authorities must respect right to peaceful protest following bloody crackdowns
Amnesty International, 26 Mar 2021

The Bangladeshi authorities must respect the right to freedom of assembly and protect peaceful protestors, said Amnesty International, after police opened fire on protestors at a rally in Chattogram today, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others, according to local media sources.

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Probe announced into alleged Tigray rights violations: UN rights office
UN News, 26 Mar 2021

Alleged serious abuses and rights violations in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are to be investigated by the UN, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Thursday. The probe, which will be carried out jointly by the High Commissioner’s Office and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC), is described “as part of the much-needed accountability process for the victims”.

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Sri Lanka: Landmark UN Resolution Promotes Justice
Human Rights Watch, 25 Mar 2021

The United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka is a victory for victims of abuses to help them obtain information, accountability, and justice, Human Rights Watch said today.

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