12 April 2023 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Pentagon intelligence leak: What we know so far
France 24, 12 Apr 2023

It’s been less than a week since news of highly classified military documents on the Ukraine war surfaced, sending the Pentagon into full-speed damage control to assure allies and assess the scope of the leak. The information on scores of slides has publicized potential vulnerabilities in Ukraine's air defence capabilities and exposed private assessments by allies on an array of intelligence matters, raising questions about whether the leak will erode allies' trust in sharing information with the US or impact Ukraine's plans to intensify the fight against Russia this spring. Overall, the leaked documents present a "very serious risk to national security," a top Pentagon spokesman told reporters Monday.


Four dead after ‘soldier opens fire’ inside India military base
The Independent, 12 Apr 2023

Four people were killed after a shooting incident inside a military station in the northern Indian state of Punjab on Wednesday morning. The shooter remained at large more than six hours after the incident. The Bathinda military station has been cordoned off and sealed as quick response teams were conducting search operations, India army’s South Western Command said in a statement.


At least 40 killed in Myanmar military air attacks
Al Jazeera, 11 Apr 2023

Myanmar’s military has launched air attacks on a central town known to be a bastion of opposition to the coup carried out two years ago. Witnesses and local media said dozens of people were killed and wounded in the attack on Tuesday – one of the worst since the military seized control of the country.


DRC: Kishishe survivors haunted by nightmare of M23 occupation
Africa News, 11 Apr 2023

 In Kishishe, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the M23 rebel group reportedly left the village in early April. The UN Joint Human Rights Office reported that the rebels summarily executed at least 171 people in the localities of Bambo and Kishishe last November. A regional force has since been overseeing the withdrawal of rebel groups in the east of the DRC. Last week, the East African forces announced they were in control of Bunagana, a strategic town in eastern DRC previously held by M23 rebels for more than nine months.


Ben Ferencz: last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor dies aged 103
The Guardian, 09 Apr 2023

Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials in Germany that brought Nazi war criminals to justice after the second world war and a longtime apostle of international criminal law, died on Friday at age 103, US media reported, citing his son. Ferencz then advocated for decades for the creation of an international criminal court, a goal realised with the establishment of an international tribunal that sits in The Hague, the Netherlands. Ferencz also was a significant donor to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum established in Washington.