6 October 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


Colombia: Justice Needed for 2017 Police Massacre
Human Rights Watch, 05 Oct 2021

Colombian authorities should ensure independent and impartial investigations against police officers allegedly responsible for the killing of seven protesters during an October 2017 demonstration, Human Rights Watch and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights said today as they submitted an amicus brief to the country’s Constitutional Court. Four years after the so-called “El Tandil massacre,” no meaningful justice has been delivered.

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Said case: Confirmation of charges hearing to open on 12 October 2021
International Criminal Court, 05 Oct 2021

The confirmation hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Mahamat Said Abdel Kani is scheduled to open on 12 October 2021 at 9:30 (The Hague local time) before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Pre-Trial Chamber II is composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Presiding judge), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane.

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Yemen: Renew mandate of the Group of Eminent Experts
Amnesty International, 05 Oct 2021

Human Rights Council member states face a key test later this week as they are set to vote on the renewal of the Group of Eminent Experts (GEE) on Yemen, the only international mechanism mandated since 2017 to investigate violations and abuses committed by all parties to the conflict, Amnesty International said today. Over the past week, Saudi Arabia and other coalition partners have increased their pressure on members of the Human Rights Council to end the GEE’s mandate later this week.

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How the U.S. derailed an effort to prosecute its crimes in Afghanistan
The Intercept, 05 Oct 2021

LAST WEEK, the new chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court — the only international body with the authority to prosecute individuals over genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes — sought to reopen a previously suspended investigation in Afghanistan but with a caveat. The probe would not include conduct by the United States and its allies, including the U.S.-backed former Afghan government, all of which have committed crimes that fall squarely within the court’s jurisdiction.

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Why transitional Justice in the U.S. must address both domestic and foreign policy
Justice Info, 04 Oct 2021

The militarization of U.S. foreign policy has worsened domestic policing practices, especially since 9/11. Few transitional justice initiatives address the transnational impact of crimes committed by state and non-state actors. A transitional justice plan for the U.S. should expose how America’s actions abroad are intertwined with how it polices its own people within its borders, argues scholar Noha Aboueldahab.

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UN rights chief calls for investigations into "heartbreaking" killing of veteran Rohingya activist
UN News, 01 Oct 2021

Mohib Ullah, chair of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH), was shot dead on Wednesday by unknown assailants in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, located in the south of the country.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called for a prompt, thorough, and effective investigation into the killing of the veteran Rohingya activist at a refugee camp in Bangladesh.

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