6 April 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice

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Tigray has been the scene of ‘ethnic cleansing’, say human rights groups
The Guardian, 06 Apr 2022

Ethiopian paramilitaries have carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing in Tigray, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes using threats, killings and sexual violence, according to a joint report by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
The rights groups accuse officials and paramilitaries from the neighbouring Amhara region of war crimes and crimes against humanity in western Tigray, in northern Ethiopia. 

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From war crime to conviction — what it will take to bring the Bucha killers to justice
Politico, 06 Apr 2022

For Bucha, there will be retribution — that’s the vow from the Ukrainians after the discovery of mass graves and bound corpses in the wake of retreating Russian troops from the northern suburb of Kyiv.
“We will identify them all. We have a very clear task,” said top presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych.
Arestovych even went so far as to compare the impending hunt for the culprits from Bucha to Mossad’s hits against the Black September terrorists who murdered Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. “There will be precise retribution. Nobody will escape,” he said.  

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Taliban Crack Down on Social Freedoms With Even Stricter Policing
The Wall Street Journal, 05 Apr 2022

 KABUL—From a white pickup truck crawling through a busy street in west Kabul, members of the Taliban’s religious police, dressed in white tunics and black turbans, admonished fellow Afghans through a loudspeaker mounted on the roof of the car.

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Mali: Massacre by Army, Foreign Soldiers
Human Rights Watch, 05 Apr 2022

Malian armed forces and associated foreign soldiers allegedly summarily executed an estimated 300 civilian men, some of them suspected Islamist fighters, in the central Malian town of Moura in late March 2022, Human Rights Watch said today. The men were among those detained during a military operation that began on March 27. The incident is the worst single atrocity reported in Mali’s decade-long armed conflict. 

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How could Vladimir Putin be prosecuted for war crimes?
The Guardian, 05 Apr 2022

Joe Biden has called for the prosecution of Vladimir Putin for war crimes after the discovery in Bucha, Ukraine, of mass graves and bodies of bound civilians shot at close range. But bringing the Russian president to trial would be far from simple. 

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In Guinea, more than 12 years after the Conakry stadium massacre, the victims are still awaiting justice
Equal Times, 04 Apr 2022

Assmaou Diallo receives visitors at the headquarters of Avipa (Association of Victims, Relatives and Friends of 28 September 2009) in the suburbs of Conakry, the capital of Guinea. Sitting in front of her computer, she is on the phone with one of the victims, a member of the association, who would like to know how the legal case is progressing. The president of Avipa receives dozens of calls like this every week. Founded in 2009, the association’s aim is to provide victims with support and assistance in establishing the truth. 

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Bangladesh: New Restrictions on Rohingya Camps
Human Rights Watch, 04 Apr 2022

Bangladesh authorities have, in recent months, intensified their restrictions on Rohingya refugees’ livelihoods, movement, and education, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials have arbitrarily destroyed thousands of shops while imposing new obstacles on travel within the camps in Cox’s Bazar, denying the Rohingya the ability to live freely and independently. 

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