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August 2014
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 Highlights

First anniversary of Ghouta chemical attack: NPWJ calls for justice and accountability in Syria
 

On 21 August 2013, a chemical attack, of sarin or a similar weapons-grade nerve agent, struck the opposition-controlled Damascus suburbs of Eastern and Western Ghouta, killing over 1,400 people - mostly civilians, including large numbers of children. Available evidence strongly suggests that President Assad’s forces carried out the attack, although the Syrian Government denied responsibility.
 
As the Syrian people mark the first anniversary of the Ghouta chemical attacks, No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty mourn the victims and continue to call for justice and redress for this outrageous crime, which stands out among the several horrors that have been inflicted on civilians since the beginning of the conflict which continues to ravage Syria.
 
While world leaders celebrate the OCPW’s announcement that the chemical weapons stockpile declared by the Syrian regime has been destroyed, we can only deeply lament that so far no meaningful step has been undertaken to ensure accountability for those who ordered and executed the Ghouta massacre as well as the many other appalling crimes and abuses that have been committed against the civilian population in Syria.
 
So far, the international community has been lax in its obligation to protect civilians and has failed to help restore peace in Syria. Being firm on accountability is the only effective tool to break the cycle of violence and terror in Syria. It is more than time for the international community to heed the call of the Syrian people for justice, freedom and protection of their human rights and support their efforts, after 40 years under dictatorship, to anchor their country’s future on democracy and the rule of law.
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Libya: transitional Justice and accountability should remain a priority
 

Over the last three months, the security and political environment in Libya has been deteriorating toward a status of tension with flares of open violence between rival armed groups, the worst since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. The current situation of turmoil further highlights the weakness of national institutions and severely complicates the process of political change necessary to assert their authority and legitimacy.  
 
The delay of the Libya’s Constitution Drafting Assembly in drafting Libya’s new constitution also threatens fundamental processes towards democratic transition, and so does the delay of the Libyan Parliament in establishing the Fact Finding and Reconciliation Commission, an independent body in charge of conducting fact-finding on severe and systematic human rights violations.  
 
As countless other transitional societies have demonstrated, impunity and rewards for violence are too fragile a base upon which to build a stable democracy. No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), which is working on the democratic transition in Libya since 2011, urges that transitional justice will continue to be considered by Libya and by the international community a priority in the country. Without underestimating the serious ongoing security challenges faced by the country, this would help achieve accountability, avoid the creation of a culture of impunity and will pave the way for an effective national reconciliation that will allow Libyan people to take full control of their future.
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 NPWJ events

UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene Side Event on Children and Young People in the context of the Syrian Conflict
 

On the occasion of the 27th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT), together with Syrian partners, are convening a Side Event on Children and Young People in the context of the Syrian Conflict, which will be held on 16 September 2014 (from 16h00 to 18h00, Palais des Nations, Room XXI). The meeting is co-sponsored by the Governments of Italy and France.
 
What is happening in Syria is a humanitarian and human rights disaster that disproportionately affects civilians, particularly children and young people. In his first report on the situation of children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, the UN Secretary-General reports on the “countless killings and the maiming of children” and numerous violations of children’s rights. Since November 2011, the UN’s independent international Commission of Inquiry has documented patterns of summary executions, enforced disappearance, torture, rape and other sexual- and gender-based violence, forced displacement, starvation and city siege - crimes that have a disproportionate impact on children and young people.
 
The purpose of this side event is to highlight the impact of the Syrian conflict on children and young people and ensure accountability for the crimes committed against them. Accountability needs to become the centerpiece of any international efforts on Syria to bring justice for the Syrian people, ensure today’s children can grow up in a safe and secure environment and prevent cycles of violence in future generations.
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Girl Summit: "No Peace Without Justice Human Rights Award” handed over in person to Qamar Naseem, head of the Pakistani organisation “Blue Veins”
 

During a ceremony co-hosted by Girls not Brides and held in the margins of the first Girl Summit organised by the Government of United Kingdom in London on 23 July 2014, Niccolo’ Figa-Talamanca, Secretary General of No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), handed over the “No Peace Without Justice Award for Human Rights” to Qamar Naseem in person.
 
Qamar Naseem is the head of Blue Veins, an organisation established in Peshawar, Pakistan, that works to prevent early and forced marriage in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas, where threats and retaliation against those who fight for gender rights are frequent. Blue Veins is part of the “Girls not Brides” network.
 
The purpose of the NPWJ Human Rights Award is to encourage and support the work of all those men and women who are fighting around the world for the affirmation of the rule of law, a precondition for the existence of fundamental rights of the person. In receiving the award, Qamar Naseem stressed that "this award should not be considered as an achievement for Blue Veins or for myself. I dedicate this award it to all the activists, organisations and members of the Girls not Brides Network working around the world to prevent child and forced marriage".
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 NPWJ on Radio Radicale

Have Breakfast with No Peace Without Justice
 

No Peace Without Justice and Radio Radicale, the foremost Italian nationwide all-news radio, have an ongoing partnership to provide news and information on our activities to a broad Italian audience. This partnership features an in-depth weekly program on NPWJ’s current campaigns and activities. The program is broadcast in Italian every Friday morning immediately before the main news summary.

The episodes before and after the summer break, regarded the precarious situation in Libya, presented by Giulia Cappellazzi, with a particular attention to the difficulties in following up the activities in transitional justice in the country and NPWJ participation to the Girl Summit, the International Conference on Female Genital Mutilation and Child and forced Marriages, commented on by Niccolò Figà-Talamanca, Secretary-General of NPWJ.

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 NPWJ press releases

First anniversary of Ghouta chemical attack: NPWJ calls for justice and accountability in Syria
Brussels – Rome – New York, 21 August 2014

Libya: transitional Justice and accountability should remain a priority
Tripoli, 12 August 2014

Girl Summit: "No Peace Without Justice Human Rights Award” handed over in person to Qamar Naseem, head of the Pakistani organisation “Blue Veins”
26 July 2014

Libya: NPWJ and NRPTT welcome ICC ruling on the Al-Senussi case, which heralds new potential for justice and strengthening human rights protection
Brussels - Rome - New York, 24 July 2014

No Peace Without Justice mourns the passing of former ICC Judge Hans-Peter Kaul
Brussels - Rome - New York, 21 July 2014

Death Penalty Worldwide: Presentation of the Hands Off Cain 2014 Report and “The abolitionist of the year 2014” Award
Rome, 18 July 2014

International Justice Day: NPWJ and NRPTT call for stronger commitment to the fight against impunity
Brussels - Rome - New York, 17 July 2014

 NPWJ in the news


 

Le colpe del Governo siriano nell’attacco chimico del 2013
Domenico Letizia, L'Opinione, 29 August 2014

Il caso giuridico di Abdullah Al-Senussi e la democratizzazione libica
Domenico Letizia, L'Opinione, 8 August 2014

Appeals Chamber confirms Libya can try former spy chief Al-Senussi
#GlobalJusticeWeekly (CICC), 25 July 2014

ICC backs Libyan trial for Senussi but still wants Saif
Libya Herald, 24 July 2014

Civil society urges support for ending impunity on International Justice Day
#GlobalJusticeWeekly (CICC), 18 July 2014

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