7 July 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice

NPWJ press release

Joint Open Letter to the High Commissioner for Human Rights calling for a Fact-Finding Mission in Afghanistan 1 July 2021
No Peace Without Justice, 01 Jul 2021

Your Excellency, The undersigned organisations welcome the call you made to the Human Rights Council on June 21, 2021, to consider “mechanisms for an effective prevention response” to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. We are writing to urge you to take action to support the establishment of a United Nations-mandated Fact-Finding Mission in Afghanistan, as requested by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).

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Ethiopia: Chairman Menendez Calls on UN to Prohibit Ethiopian Troops in Tigray From Serving as Peacekeepers
All Africa, 06 Jul 2021

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,  today called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to prevent all Ethiopian soldiers who have participated in military operations in the Tigray region of Ethiopia from being allowed to participate in UN peacekeeping operations until their complicity in gross human rights violations can be determined by a credible vetting process. 

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Ratko Mladić’s legacy and the appeasement of war criminals
Al Jazeera, 03 Jul 2021

On June 8, a United Nations court upheld the conviction of Bosnian Serb military chief and war criminal Ratko Mladić for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the Bosnian war. The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals at The Hague rejected Mladić’s appeal and thus confirmed his life sentence.

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Iraq: ICC urged to reopen case on UK war crimes
Middle East Eye, 02 Jul 2021

A European human rights organisation has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to reopen its investigation into war crimes committed by the UK in Iraq. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) submitted a request to the ICC on Thursday for a review of the decision by the body's chief prosecutor not to pursue an investigation. They added that the request was also filed on behalf of Sabah al-Sadoon, an Iraqi national who was captured and tortured by UK soldiers in Basra.

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Serbian ex-spy chiefs jailed for Balkans war crimes
BBC, 01 Jul 2021

A former chief of Serbia's state security service and his deputy have been jailed for training Serbian forces that carried out murder and ethnic cleansing in the 1990s Balkans war. Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic were both given 12 years. Prosecutors at The Hague argued that the case proved the government of Slobodan Milosevic was directly linked to atrocities in Bosnia and Croatia

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Al Hassan case : Appeals Chamber confirms the decision on possible re-characterisation of alleged facts
International Criminal Court, 01 Jul 2021

Today, 1 July 2021, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or the "Court") delivered its judgment unanimously confirming the decision of Trial Chamber X of 17 December 2020 entitled "Decision on application for notice of possibility of variation of legal characterisation pursuant to Regulation 55(2) of the Regulations of the Court" in the case the Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud. Presiding Judge in this appeal, Judge Luz del Carmen Ibáñez Carranza read a summary of the judgment in open session.

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