7 March 2018 - NPWJ Digest on International Criminal Justice


Victims of Syrian conflict ‘denied any meaningful justice,’ says UN-mandated panel
by UN News, 06 Mar 2018

Drawing from over 500 interviews, the latest report from of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria  – established by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate and record all violations of international law since March 2011 – documents deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on civilians and protected objects, starvation, unlawful internment, and the use of chemical weapons.

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Gen Kayihura taken to International Criminal Court
by Daily Monitor, Anthony WESAKA, 06 Mar 2018

KAMPALA. Sacked Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura, has been taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over crimes against humanity that he allegedly committed along with his men when they forcefully deported a group of Rwandan nationals back to Rwanda. Led by Mr Rugema Kayumba, the group states that they decided to file a criminal complaint before The Hague-based ICC court on grounds that they had failed to get justice in Uganda for a long time. They further state the crimes allegedly committed by Kayihura and his accomplices, fall under the jurisdiction of the ICC that tries four major categories of crime that include; crimes of aggression, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

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Activists accuse South Sudan of using oil cash to fund conflict
by Reuters, 05 Mar 2018

NAIROBI - Activists accused South Sudan’s government on Monday of funneling cash from the state oil company to militias responsible for atrocities and attacks on civilians. South Sudan dismissed the report by The Sentry, a group co-founded by actor George Clooney. “The oil money did not even ... buy a knife. It is being used for paying the salaries of the civil servants,” said presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny.

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In search of justice - Ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas and the International Criminal Court
by the Daily Star, 03 Mar 2018

In recent times, numerous international rights organisations and leaders across the world have been arguing for the referral of the “ethnic cleansing” campaign of the Rohingyas in Rakhine State, Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The world at least owes the Rohingyas an acknowledgement of their pain and suffering, as a fact, by holding the culprits and the instigators of the ethnic cleansing campaign accountable under the rules of international law. This piece explores the international law and politics involved in such an endeavour.

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