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December 2016
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Syria: NPWJ applauds adoption of UNGA resolution as a concrete step towards securing accountability for the crimes committed

On Wednesday, 21 December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted to establish a mechanism to assist in the investigation and prosecution of crimes under international law and human rights violations in Syria since March 2011, with 105 votes in favour, 15 against and 52 abstentions. “After years of political deadlock at the Security Council, and their seeming impotence in the face of what has been happening recently in Aleppo in particular, this action by the General Assembly comes as a breath of fresh air”, said Alison SmithNPWJ’s International Criminal Justice Director. “While the proof will ultimately be in the pudding, this very concrete step towards securing accountability for the crimes committed in Syria shows much-needed leadership by the General Assembly.” 
During the Security Council special session on the situation on Aleppo on 13 December, many Security Council members mentioned the need to ensure accountability, which was echoed in the UNSC Resolution that was also adopted yesterday on the delivery of humanitarian aid. “We appreciated that many Council members called for accountability during the special session last week and that this was reiterated in their most recent resolution on Syria”, Ms Smith continued. “But ultimately, accountability was taking a back seat, which we fear threatens its inclusion in a political solution to the conflict. The General Assembly, guided by the leadership of Liechtenstein and other co-sponsors of yesterday’s UNGA resolution, have put accountability back into the mix”.
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Bahrain: Suppression of any peaceful dissent is not an option to build a democratic future

On 13 December, a Bahraini Appeals Court ruled to uphold the 9-year prison sentence against the leader of the main opposition party Al Wefaq, Sheikh Ali Salman, which was overturned just a few months ago by the Court of Cassation. This shocking ruling clearly demonstrates Bahraini authorities’ unabated determination to criminalise free speech, to suppress any peaceful dissent and to close any avenue or prospect of dialogue to advance democratic reform, rule of law and respect of human rights in the country.
The past 6 months have seen an escalation in the crackdown against the political opposition and civil society activists. This has included the dissolution of Al Wefaq, the revocation of Sheikh Issa Qassim's citizenship and the detention of Nabeel Rajab, whose next, and likely final, trial date is scheduled for 28 December.
This increased campaign of repression and intimidation can only set the country further along the dangerous path of political turmoil, disunity and sectarianism. In the face of what is rapidly becoming the realisation of the worst possible scenario for Bahrain, the response of the international community cannot continue to be weak and deaf to the plight of Bahraini citizens. So far, the Bahraini authorities have used this approach as a green light to persevere in their repressive and retaliatory practices against peaceful opposition leaders and human rights advocates.
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Human Rights Day: NPWJ calls for enhanced commitment to ensure their universal respect and protection

In too many parts of the world, fundamental human rights are restricted or denied by authoritarian and brutal regimes. On a daily basis, courageous men and women work tirelessly to advance recognition of the legitimate aspirations and demands of their communities at large: freedom, equality, justice and human dignity, all core universal values. However, in doing this work, they often face a range of violations and abuses at the hands of State and non-State actors that dedicate considerable resources to silencing them through censorship, repressive legislation, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, intimidation, violence and worse.
The experience of countries ravaged by violent conflict, such as Syria, also dramatically demonstrates that the dynamics of war leads to widespread abuses and human rights violations which disproportionally affect civilians, particularly women and children. For the past five years, Syria has witnessed crimes against humanity, war crimes and other gross human rights violations, which continue to be perpetrated with ever-increasing frequency and brutality. Since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, we have consistently advocated that the lack of focus on accountability, be it for crimes under international law or failure to adhere to international legal obligations as prescribed in general law and by UN Resolutions, creates a situation where impunity for violations of human rights  is the norm.
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 NPWJ events

BanFGM Conference on the global ban on female genital mutilation

The BanFGM Conference on the worldwide ban on female genital mutilation is a high-level meeting called for by the Dakar Ministerial Sub-regional Consultation and to be held in Rome on 30-31 January and 1 February 2017. The Conference is organized by No Peace Without Justice and the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children, in partnership with the African Women’s Forum and the Crans Montana Forum, and with the political and financial support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Islamic Development Bank and the United Nations Population Fund.
The battle to end FGM is emblematic of all battles that invoke the rule of law to promote individual rights and personal sovereignty and autonomy in the context of a broader political struggle for individual self-determination. This high-level meeting is the culmination of the BanFGM Campaign, and will bring together ministers, parliamentarians and civil society. The Conference will take stock of the results of the BanFGM Campaign, reviewing its principal political milestones, and highlighting its strategy of the engagement of activists, parliamentarians and ministers at the local, national and international level.
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National Workshop in Senegal to foster effective implementation of UNGA resolution banning Female Genital Mutilation

On 20 December 20165, No Peace Without Justice, in partnership with the Ministry of Women, Family and Childhood of Senegal,  La Palabre, COSEPRAT and  the Inter-African Committee for Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children  (IAC), convened a national workshop in Dakar, Senegal, aimed at fostering the implementation of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 69/150 calling for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation.
The workshop was held under the high patronage of the Ministry of Women, Family and Childhood of Senegal and was organised with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. In addition to aiming to consolidate the political will of Senegalese authorities to implement Resolution 69/150, the workshop provided an opportunity to analyse and discuss national mechanisms designed to protect women and girls against FGM and to identify adequate measures to improve existing strategies addressing violations of the prohibition of FGM and build the capacity of the police, gendarmerie and the judiciary in ensuring compliance with the law, with a focus on areas of the country where FGM prevalence is high (Matam, Tamba, Kédougou, Kolda, Sédhiou, Ziguinchor, Saint Louis, Thiès (Mbour)).
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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 Wednesday evening at 23.30.

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 NPWJ press releases

National Workshop in Senegal to foster effective implementation of UNGA resolution banning Female Genital Mutilation
Maison de la Presse, Dakar, Senegal, 20 December 2016

Bahrain: NPWJ strongly condemns shocking verdict upholding the 9-year prison sentence against Sheikh Ali Salman
Brussels – Rome, 14 December 2016

NPWJ: Safe corridor for civilians a must in Aleppo
Brussels, 13 December 2016

Human Rights Day: NPWJ calls for enhanced commitment to ensure their universal respect and protection
Brussels-Rome, 10 December 2016

Uniting for Peace in Syria: Global Civil Society Appeal to UN Member States
1 December 2016

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: NPWJ calls for enhanced commitment to protect women’s rights
Brussels – Rome, 25 November 2016

 NPWJ in the news


Des acteurs prônent la "dénonciation positive’’ pour l’abandon des mutilations génitales féminines
Agence de Presse Sénégalaise (APS), 21 December 2016

L’accélération de l’abandon de l’excision au menu d’une rencontre, mercredi
Agence de Presse Sénégalaise (APS), 20 December 2016

Le sfide della giustizia internazionale
di Martino Seniga, Rai News, 15 December 2016

Impunity reigns in Aleppo with civilians in dire need of safe corridors
CICC Global Justice Newsletter, 13 December 2016

Una giornata mondiale per chi difende i diritti umani
Francesco Martone, Huffington Post, 8 December 2016

Annual ICC Assembly: States hold ground on ICC, but serious challenges remain
CICC Global Justice Newsletter, 5 December 2016

Appel S’unir pour la paix en Syrie
Libération, 2 December 2016

NEWS ABOUT THE COURTS – call for investigation of crimes in Philippines
Post by Carmen Risimini, ICL Media Review, 29 November 2016

Difendiamoli! Oggi alla Camera un convegno sui difensori dei diritti umani
di Riccardo Noury, Corriere della Sera, 28 November 2016

In arrivo in Italia una delegazione internazionale di difensori dei diritti umani
Agenpress, 27 November 2016

International Criminal Court urged to probe Duterte, killings
Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News, 23 November 2016

ASP 15 Day Four - Will Syria ever justice?
Coalition for the ICC, 19 November 2016

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