8 September 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


Kenya: Lawyer Paul Gicheru Allowed to Attend ICC Pre-Trial Conference Virtually
All Africa, 07 Sep 2021

Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru who is facing accusations of witness tampering at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been allowed to attend his first status conference virtually. The status conference is scheduled for September 17, 2021. His lawyers had filed an application seeking to have him appear for the status conference remotely from Kenya.

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France: Lafarge loses ruling in Syria crime against humanity case
Al Jazeera, 07 Sep 2021

France’s top court has overturned a decision by a lower court to dismiss charges brought against cement giant Lafarge for complicity in crimes against humanity in Syria’s civil war. The ruling by the Court of Cassation on Tuesday marks a major setback for Lafarge, which is accused of paying nearly 13 million euros ($15.3m) to armed groups including the ISIL (ISIS) group, to keep its cement factory in northern Syria running through the early years of the country’s war.

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Corporate Criminal Liability for International Crimes: France and Sweden Are Poised To Take Historic Steps Forward
Just Security, 06 Sep 2021

Earlier this year, Nestlé USA, Inc. v Doe drew much attention to the prospect of holding transnational corporations criminally liable for their involvement in gross human rights violations abroad. Although it seemed like the U.S. Supreme Court would take the opportunity to tackle this issue, the result was rather disappointing – the Court found it lacked jurisdiction under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) on extraterritorial grounds.

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Hamid Nouri: How Sweden arrested a suspected Iranian war criminal
BBC, 05 Sep 2021

In the arrivals terminal of Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Swedish police were expecting someone significant. On board a flight from Iran, they were told, was an alleged war criminal, an Iranian official named Hamid Nouri. Unknown to him, police had been tipped off. Mr Nouri walked off the plane on 9 November 2019 and straight into custody.

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The International Criminal Court and Afghanistan
Just Security, 03 Sep 2021

Recent events in Afghanistan have been dispiriting for all of us who care about human rights and international justice. The Taliban takeover of the country – and the rapid withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces – have given rise to concerns about the safety and rights of women and girls, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, and allies of the former government. 

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Venezuela: A Successful Political Negotiation Needs a Human Rights Agenda
Human Rights Watch, 02 Sep 2021

It’s pretty clear why including a human rights agenda in the ongoing negotiations between Nicolás Maduro’s representatives and the Venezuelan opposition makes political sense for the opposition, which seeks conditions for a transition back to democracy. But key reforms would also be in the interest of government folks, who have given every indication that they are extremely concerned about a possible International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation on crimes against humanity in Venezuela. 

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