27 November 2019 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


Egypt: Permanent State of Exception: Abuses by the Supreme State Security Prosecution
Amnesty International , 27 Nov 2019

 Amnesty International has examined the role of the SSSP and concluded that it is responsible for routinely violating the rights to liberty and a fair trial, ordering the arbitrary detention of thousands, and for complicity in serious violations carried out by the police, particularly the National Security Agency, including enforced disappearances and torture and other ill-treatment. 


Sweden Investigates Iraq Defense Chief for War Crimes and Fraud
The New York Times, 26 Nov 2019

Sweden has opened three investigations into Iraq’s defense minister, including looking into the possible commission of crimes against humanity.


Nepal: 13 Years On, No Justice for Conflict Victims
Human Rights Watch, 25 Nov 2019

Nepal has made no real progress on questions of justice, truth, and reparations for victims of gross human rights violations and abuses during its 10-year conflict, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW), and TRIAL International said today. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end the war was signed on November 21, 2006.


Aung San Suu Kyi to defend Myanmar against genocide charge at The Hague
The Guardian, 20 Nov 2019

Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to The Hague to defend Myanmar against allegations of genocide, her office has announced. The Burmese leader, once an icon of democracy but now tainted by her association with what UN investigators have described as crimes against humanity, will lead a delegation to the international court of justice (ICJ) next month.


ICC green-lights probe into violent crimes against Rohingya
UN News, 15 Nov 2019

The pre-trial judges “accepted that there exists a reasonable basis to believe widespread and/or systematic acts of violence may have been committed that could qualify as crimes against humanity of deportation across the Myanmar-Bangladesh border” the Court said in a press statement, in addition to “persecution on grounds of ethnicity and/or religion against the Rohingya population.”