24 April 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Amal Clooney seeking Daesh woman for Yazidi crimes
Gulf News, 24 Apr 2019

United Nations: Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said Tuesday she is requesting the transfer of a female member of the Daesh extremist group to face justice for crimes against women from Iraq’s Yazidi minority and American hostage Kayla Mueller, who was killed in 2015.
Clooney represents Yazidi women and girls who were held in the house of Umm Sayyaf, the wife of Daesh financier Abu Sayyaf. Mueller, a humanitarian aid worker, was also held there for a time.

Clooney, the wife of actor George Clooney, told a UN Security Council meeting on sexual violence in conflict that the Yazidis were raped by Daesh men and that Mueller “was held in brutal conditions for over 18 months and raped repeatedly” by the militant group’s leader, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.


In Afghanistan, the ICC Abandons the Field
Human Rights Watch, 23 Apr 2019

Recently, a panel of International Criminal Court (ICC) judges unanimously rejected Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s November 2017 request to open an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity during Afghanistan’s brutal armed conflict. The decision effectively slammed the door in the faces of victims and their families who have had no recourse to justice.


Liberia: Pressure Mounts for Taylor's Release
AllAfrica, 23 Apr 2019

A new pressure is being mounted here for the release of Agnes Taylor, the ex-wife of former President Charles Taylor from a British prison 2 years after she has been detained.
Ms. Agnes Reeves Taylor, like her ex-husband Taylor who is facing a 50 year jail sentence in a British prison is being charged with alleged war crimes committed here during the Liberian civil war.
But a group calling itself the Patriotic Consciousness Association of Liberia (PACA), which has mounted the campaign for her release says she committed no such crimes and is calling on the Liberian Government to intervene for her immediate release.


Wisma Putra to communicate effectively on issues and policies - Saifuddin
Bernama, 23 Apr 2019

PUTRAJAYA, April 23 (Bernama) -- The Foreign Ministry would be more careful regarding the way it communicates on important matters and policies following the Rome Statute issue, said its Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
At the same time, he said there’s also a need to expose the bluff and manipulation of facts surrounding the Rome Statute issue which have led to confusion among members of the public.


UN adopts resolution on rape in conflicts after US threatens veto
DW, 23 Apr 2019

The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a watered-down, German-drafted resolution on sexual violence in conflicts, after last-minute amendments were added to appease the United States.
The United States had threatened a veto due to references to "sexual and reproductive health care" for survivors of rape and abuse in wartime, saying the wording amounted to support for abortion.
The vote passed 13-0, with veto-wielding permanent members Russia and China abstaining, after Germany was forced to bow to the US pressure and remove the text on sexual and reproductive health.