01 February 2023 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Timeline: Two years since the Myanmar military coup
Al Jazeera, 01 Feb 2023

February 1 marks two years since the military, led by army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, seized control of Myanmar. In the past year, the generals have stepped up their efforts to wipe out all opposition to their rule. The conflict between the military and anti-coup fighters has deepened with violence in nearly all parts of the country. The country’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been convicted of a litany of charges in proceedings that took place behind closed doors and faces the rest of her life behind bars. In a decision that shocked the world, the military also hanged four anti-coup activists — the first use of the death penalty in more than 30 years.


Mongolian judge nominated as candidate to ICC elections
AKIpress, 01 Feb 2023

The 21st session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened today at the World Forum Conference Center in Hague, the Netherlands. The meeting was attended by chairman of the Supreme Court of Mongolia D. Ganzorig, candidate for the election of an ICC judge D. Erdenebalsuren and other members of the Supreme Court of Mongolia at the invitation of President of the court Piotr Hofmański.


"The last hope of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh": hearings in the Hague
JAMnews, 31 Jan 2023

Armenia appealed to the courtwith a demand to apply interim measures and oblige Azerbaijan to open the Lachin corridor – now blocked for fifty-one days – ensuring the free movement of people and vehicles, and restore the electrical supply to Nagorno-Karabakh. Hearings on Armenia’s demands began on January 30. On January 31 there will be a hearing on Azerbaijan’s own claims against Armenia. Azerbaijan demands interim measures to oblige Armenia to “stop mining and transporting mines through the Lachin corridor.” Both hearings are taking place under an application to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.


Peru: Amnesty International deploys crisis response team to investigate serious human rights violations
Amnesty International, 30 Jan 2023

After closely monitoring the situation in Peru, Amnesty International has deployed a specialized crisis response team to investigate serious human rights violations and possible crimes under international law committed in the context of the wave of protests that began last December. To date, at least 46 demonstrators and one police officer have died during the repression of protests and nine more people have lost their lives in events linked to the social crisis in the country, according to Peru’s Ombudsman’s Office.



Beth van Schaack is the United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice and she is the guest of Asymmetrical Haircuts, our podcast partner. She describes the US new commitment towards the International Criminal Court, including through diplomatic support, information sharing, and donations to the trust fund for victims. Even though the red lines on Palestine and on Afghanistan remain.


The Long – Yet Still Uneven – Arc of International Justice
Human Rights Watch, 27 Jan 2023

The events of 2022 brought renewed attention and support for accountability for serious international crimes. At the same time, it has put into sharp focus unevenness and double-standards in access to justice for the victims of these crimes. A review of some of trends from the past year makes clear that securing victims’ access to justice worldwide means governments need to strengthen the international justice ecosystem as a whole.