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December 2015
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 Highlights

UN General Assembly: NPWJ and NRPTT welcome the adoption of the resolution on the protection of human rights defenders
 

On 17 December 2015, The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) plenary adopted the resolution entitled ”Human Rights Defenders in the context of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms” (70/161), by 127 votes in favour, 14 votes against and 41 abstentions.
 
No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) welcome the adoption of this resolution by a clear majority of States as a strong recognition of the need to protect those who face risks and attacks for their work to defend human rights. We congratulate and thank the 127 delegations that, as requested by the joint statement endorsed by 180 NGOs, voted in favour of the resolution and thereby demonstrated their continued commitment to protecting human rights defenders and enabling their critical contribution in the pursuit of freedom, equality, justice and human dignity, all core universal values.
 
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Bahrain: NPWJ and Hands off Cain join civil society statement condemning the practice of death penalty
 

In a joint statement issued today, 18 NGOs (including No Peace Without Justice and Hands off Cain) condemn the practice of capital punishment in Bahrain and urge the Government of Bahrain to commute any and all death sentences issued by its courts.
 
On 29th December 2014, a Bahraini criminal court sentenced Mohammed Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa to death for their alleged involvement in a February 2014 bomb explosion. Both defendants state that authorities tortured them into confessing to the crime. According to Moosa, authorities hung him from a ceiling for three days, beat him and on several occasions threatened to harm his relatives. Ramadan was allegedly arrested without a warrant and violently beaten on sensitive parts of his body until he agreed to confess. Both have subsequently had their sentences upheld by the Court of Cassation on 16 November 2015 despite having recanted their confessions and reiterating that they confessed under torture. Their allegations have not provoked any investigation. Ramadan and Moosa are just two of nine individuals on death row in Bahrain and are the first to be sentenced to death since 2011.
 
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The risks of rushing a new Libyan deal
 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joins his Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni, in Rome on Sunday for talks with foreign ministers from Libya’s neighbors and the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China. The goal, according to Gentiloni, is to “make a decisive push” for Libyans to agree on a unity government. “We don’t want to give time to Daesh,” Gentiloni told the Italian Senate. Libya’s divided government and fractious militias are indeed tearing the country apart. This is a principal reason that ISIL has become ever more deeply rooted in a base in Sirte, the Mediterranean hometown of Libya’s deposed strongman Muammar Gaddafi.
 
The U.N. and major powers are gambling that a strong push by the international community will pave the way for the establishment of a Libyan government that will restore law and order and be a partner for counter-terrorism and migration control. Diplomats are working at fever pitch to resolve the long-running crisis in Libya, with one eye on halting waves of refugees headed for Europe and the other on uprooting Islamic State from the North African coast. But there are even greater dangers associated with rushing the process to anoint a national unity government without first consolidating domestic support or addressing urgent security concerns.
 
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Emma Bonino is a former Foreign Minister of Italy and founder of No Peace Without Jutsice, and Jean-Marie Guéhenno is the president and CEO of International Crisis Group

First International Day in Commemoration of Victims of Genocide: NPWJ and NRPTT call for stronger commitment to the fight against impunity
 

On this Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Genocide, No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) join the international community in commemorating and honouring the numerous victims of the most serious crime under international law and the ongoing – often inter-generational – struggle of their families to rebuild their lives as survivors.
 
We take this opportunity to commend all the States who have contributed to the establishment of this universal and official observance through the adoption on 11 September 2015 of a resolution by the UN General Assembly. We owe it to victims and survivors of such an horrific crime that the events they suffered be formally and universally acknowledged, so that a shared memoryof its tragic legacy can be a strong deterrent shield against repetition of such atrocities.
 
The first step towards redress for the victims and survivors begins with the acknowledgement and recognition that their suffering is not the result of a natural calamity, but is a deliberate and planned policy to gain and maintain power through brutal crimes against men, women and children. The purpose of this new international observance is not only to recall and honour the past. Critically, it is also an opportunity for all States to reaffirm their commitment and intensify their efforts to prevent the perpetration of genocide and other mass atrocities wherever and whenever they might occur. Ensuring justice and redress for all victims of these crimes is the only way to demonstrate to would-be perpetrators that violence can no longer be allowed to triumph over justice.
 
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Alison Smith is Legal Counsel and Director of the International Criminal Justice Program of No Peace Without Justice

 NPWJ events

14th session of the ICC ASP: NPWJ supports accountability in Syria and calls for a stronger international criminal justice system
 

From 18 to 26 November 2015, a delegation from No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) headed by its Secretary-General Niccolo' Figa-Talamanca participated in the fourteenth annual session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
 
NPWJ took this opportunity to support the direct involvement of several Syrian partners in order to foster advocacy on accountability issues, including specific children’s rights issues related to the conflict in Syria, such as the use of children in armed conflict or SGBV. As part of these advocacy efforts, two side-events were also organised in the margins of the ASP session: Inside Syrian Regime Prisons: the Caesar Files” Exhibit, hosted by Syrian Association for Missing and Conscience Detainees, Euro-Syrian Democratic Forum and No Peace Without Justice; and a panel discussion on “Accountability and the Prospect of a Political Solution to the Conflict in Syria”, which was held on 25 November 2015.
 
In respect of the ICC itself, NPWJ’s Policy Priorities consisted primarily of the following: strengthen the ICC’s field presence; strengthen the ICC’s outreach performance and strategies, including during preliminary examinations; maintain the issue of the ICC’s completion strategy on the agenda; and promote the ICC’s development of a strategy on children, especially by the OTP. To that end, NPWJ contributed to the side event “Enhancing the Court’s impact on the ground: A strategic approach to ICC field presences and external operations”, organised by the ICC Registry on 23 November 2015. On 26 November 2015, at the conclusion of the session, NPWJ Secretary General also delivered a Statement on behalf of the NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC).
 
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 NPWJ on Radio Radicale

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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.

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 NPWJ press releases

Bahrain: NPWJ and Hands off Cain join civil society statement condemning the practice of death penalty
16 December 2015

The risks of rushing a new Libyan deal
Opinion by Emma Bonino and Jean-Marie Guéhenno*, Politico, 12 December 2015

NPWJ joins the NGOs statement calling upon governments at UN General Assembly to protect human rights defenders
10 December 2015

First International Day in Commemoration of Victims of Genocide: NPWJ and NRPTT call for stronger commitment to the fight against impunity
Brussels - Rome, 9 December 2015

NGO CICC Statement at the 14th session of the ICC Assembly of States Parties, delivered by NPWJ Secretary General
The Hague, 26 November 2015

Side event on "Accountability and the Prospect of a Political Solution to the Conflict in Syria"
14th ASP to the ICC, The Hague, 25 November 2015

Gambia: NPWJ and NRPTT welcome proclamation of a ban on FGM by President Jammeh and urge the Parliament to adopt a specific legislation by the end of 2015
Brussels-Rome, 24 November 2015

International Day: World must protect Children's Rights
Brussels – Rome, 20 November 2015

 NPWJ in the news


 

FGM / Senegal: Interview of Khady Koita and Alvilda Jablonko
TFM - Télé Futurs Médias / Yeewu Leen (Sénégal), Parmi Nous avec Chiara, 16 December 2015

Gambia: NPWJ And NRPTT Welcome The Proclamation Of A Ban On FGM By President Jammeh
Freedom Newspaper (Gambia), 24 November 2015

Bangladesh opposition leaders to hang for war crimes
By Ruma Paul, Reuters, 18 November 2015

Emma Bonino: “Occidente viola diritti che lui stesso aveva stabilito”
TAG 24, 3 November 2015

Emma Bonino premiata da George Soros
Imola Oggi, 28 October 2015

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