13 January 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice

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'Uganda election feels like a war': human rights lawyer
DW News, 13 Jan 2021

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has confirmed a social media blackout during the election period amid calls to uphold human rights. The government has sent a massive military presence to "maintain order."

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Why Afghanistan-Taliban peace talks have not reached breakthrough
Al Jazeera, 12 Jan 2021

 It has been almost a week since negotiators arrived back in Doha to resume a second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, with a United States team talking separately to both sides. But top Afghan government officials and Taliban leaders have been conspicuous by their absence from this round of meetings.

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Hungary keeps deporting migrants, EU border guard turns blind eye - NGO
Reuters, 12 Jan 2021

 Hungary has ignored complaints about its practice of escorting undocumented immigrants back across the border to Serbia without due process, a watchdog group said on Tuesday after it raised the alarm about the ongoing human rights violations.

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Mike Pompeo claims without evidence that Iran is al-Qaida's new 'home base'
The Guardian , 12 Jan 2021

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has claimed, without providing evidence, that al-Qaida leaders have established a new “home base” in the Iran, in what appeared to be his latest effort to raise the political cost of the next administration reviving the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

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UN counter-terrorism chief urges continued vigilance against ‘real’ ongoing threat
UN News , 12 Jan 2021

Despite important strikes against terrorism over the past two decades, including in bringing perpetrators to justice and disrupting additional attacks, countries cannot afford to let down their guard, the UN’s counter-terrorism chief told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday. 

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Interpol issues ‘red notices’ for three linked to Beirut blast
Al Jazeera, 12 Jan 2021

Interpol has issued three international arrest notices for the owner and captain of a ship that brought 2,750 tonnes of explosive material into Beirut’s port seven years before it exploded in the deadly August 2020 blast. A judicial source told Al Jazeera on Tuesday Public Prosecutor Ghassan Khoury received a letter informing him the so-called “red notices” had been issued, based on the request of Lebanon’s judiciary.

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USA: New Amnesty International report details ongoing human rights violations at Guantánamo Bay detention facility
Amnesty International , 11 Jan 2021

Amnesty International has released a new report highlighting ongoing and historic human rights violations at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, as detentions there enter their 20th year and as a new President prepares to enter the White House. The report documents a catalogue of human rights violations perpetrated against those detained at the camp, where victims of torture are held with inadequate medical care indefinitely and in the absence of fair trials. 

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Power struggle leaves UN Human Rights Council without leader
Euractiv, 08 Jan 2021

Russia and China are opposed to a candidate from Fiji seen as a staunch human rights defender to lead the top UN rights body, diplomats and observers say, creating a deadlock just as the United States may seek to rejoin the forum it quit in 2018. The Human Rights Council presidency rotates annually between regions and is usually agreed by consensus, with any contests typically resolved quickly and cordially, diplomats say. The impasse means the council, the only intergovernmental global body to promote and protect human rights worldwide, is set to resume work in Geneva next week with no leader for the first time in its 15-year history.

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