14 July 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice

NPWJ press release

Saudi Arabia: NPWJ welcomes European Parliament’s resolution condemning use of death penalty in a context of widespread human rights violations
NPWJ Press Release, 09 Jul 2021

No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) strongly welcomes the approval by an overwhelmingly majority of the European Parliament of a resolution that condemns in the strongest terms the use of death penalty in Saudi Arabia, notably against child offenders, pointing out how this bleak picture fits into a wider context of continued human rights violations.



UNHRC adopts resolution emphasising justice and repatriation of Rohingyas back to Myanmar
The Daily Star, 14 Jul 2021

UN Human Rights Council unanimously adopted a resolution on the "Human Rights Situation of Rohingya Muslims and other Minorities in Myanmar" today, calling on the international community to continue providing humanitarian assistance until they return to Myanmar. The resolution also emphasized bringing all responsible for torture, crimes against humanity, and war crimes against Rohingyas to justice, while also acknowledging the ongoing criminal proceedings in the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice.


UN demands accountability over Syria mass disappearances
Al Jazeera, 13 Jul 2021

The UN Human Rights Council has called for those behind “massive scale” enforced disappearances in Syria during the past 10 years of conflict to be held accountable. The resolution, presented on Tuesday by several European countries, the United States, Turkey and Qatar, decried that Syria’s crisis had entered a second decade “marked by consistent patterns of gross violations”.


Fighting impunity in the 21st-century
New Europe, 12 Jul 2021

In 2006, Thomas Lubanga was the first person to be convicted as a war criminal by the International Criminal Court.  For the first time since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the international community sent a clear, decisive and unified message that the safeguarding of human life and dignity remains a prime objective of the democratic world, and that mass violations of human rights can and will be punished by due force of law. However, since that landmark decision, mass violations of human rights continue blatantly in many parts of the world.  Ethnic and religious minorities are suffering genocidal attacks, noncombatants are executed and tortured, journalists are being targeted, dissidents jailed, and in short, every kind of discrimination is being exercised at the expense of the citizenry.


Abd-Al-Rahman case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II confirms the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity and commits suspect to trial
ICC News, 09 Jul 2021

Today, 9 July 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") unanimously, issued a decision confirming all the charges brought by the Prosecutor against Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman ("Ali Kushayb") and committed him to trial before a Trial Chamber. Pre-Trial Chamber II, composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Presiding judge), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane, found that there are substantial grounds to believe that Mr Abd-Al-Rahman is responsible for 31 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed between August 2003 and at least April 2004 in Kodoom, Bindisi, Mukjar, Deleig and their surrounding areas in Darfur, Sudan.


Will Canada face criminal charges for residential school abuses?
Al Jazeera, 08 Jul 2021

From the late 1800s until 1996, Canada removed 150,000 Indigenous children from their homes and forced them into institutions run by church staff where they had to cut their long hair and were forbidden from speaking their language and practising their culture. Many were physically and sexually abused. Thousands of children are believed to have died. Canada’s goal was to kill Indigenous culture to make land and resources available to settlers. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), a years-long process documenting survivors’ stories, concluded the practice was cultural genocide.


Colombia: the authorities must implement the IACHR’s recommendations regarding human rights violations reported in the context of the National Strike
Amnesty International, 07 Jul 2021

Today, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) published its observations and recommendations following its working visit to Colombia between 8 and 10 June 2021 and announced the creation of a Special Monitoring Mechanism on Human Rights in Colombia. “The IACHR has heard first-hand the testimonies of hundreds of victims who demand truth, justice, and reparation for the human rights violations committed in the context of the National Strike. However, the repression is continuing.