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January 2018
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 Highlights

BanFGM Campaign: NPWJ and its partners advocate at the African Union
 

On the occasion of the 30th African Union Summit held in Addis Ababa on 28-29 January 2018, a delegation of No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and its partners, represented by their regional network, CIAF, conducted an advocacy mission to report on the progress and outcomes of the project "Ban FGM: for the elimination of female genital mutilation" (2014-2018), which was made possible by the strong political and financial support of the Italian Government.

The project aims at promoting implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution adopted in December 2012 and further reinforced in 2014, which call for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation. In particular, this initiative was developed to promote implementation of laws banning this human rights violation, by strengthening the political and institutional framework in accordance with the provisions of the Resolution in seven West African target countries, namely Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
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Genocide and the UPR: The case of France
 

France underwent consideration of its third Universal Periodic Review this morning at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Among the many issues raised and discussed was the question of the French response to genocide, specifically the prosecution of suspected Rwandan genocidaires living in France and the declassification of documents potentially relating to France’s role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
 
“One of the great obstacles for the fight against impunity is the lack of prosecution for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by States of those residing within its borders who are suspected of committing those crimes,” said Niccolò Figa-TalamancaSecretary-General of No Peace Without Justice. “More importantly, as highlighted during our 14 December panel discussion on “The Duty to Honour Victims by Preventing and Punishing Genocide”, it blocks not only accountability and redress, it also prevents forgiveness and reconciliation.”
 
“We therefore welcome this morning’s statements by France of their commitment to investigate and prosecute genocide allegedly committed by persons within their jurisdiction. We also call on the French authorities to step up their efforts in this regard and expedite the prosecution of suspected genocide perpetrators living in France,” a recommendation made by several States during this UPR cycle.
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 NPWJ events

National Workshop in Ivory Coast to foster effective implementation of UN resolution banning Female Genital Mutilation
 

On 16-17 January 2018, No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), in partnership with the Fondation Djigui la Grande Espérance and the Inter-African Committee for Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children  (IAC-CIAF), convened a national workshop in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, aimed at fostering the implementation of the resolution calling for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation (A/RES/67/146), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 20 December 2012.
 
The meeting was held under the high patronage of the Minister of National Solidarity, Woman and Children affairs and organised with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The event is part of a wider awareness campaign against female genital mutilation, called "BanFGM", carried out by NPWJ in seven West African countries and supported by a co-funding of the AVSI Foundation.
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 NPWJ press releases

BanFGM Campaign: NPWJ and its partners advocate at the African Union
Addid Ababa, 28-29 January 2018

National Workshop in Ivory Coast to foster effective implementation of UN resolution banning Female Genital Mutilation
Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 16-17 January 2018

Genocide and the UPR: The case of France
Brussels, 15 January 2018

 NPWJ in the news


 

L’Italia riconferma l’impegno nella lotta all’eradicazione delle mutilazioni genitali femminili (MGF)
Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo, 5 October 2017

Passing of M. Cherif Bassiouni, “the Godfather of International Criminal Law”
CICC News, 26 September 2017

ICC orders former Mali rebel to pay $3.2 million in reparation
CGTN Africa, 17 August 2017, 17 August 2017

Will Christians return to Mosul post-Islamic State?
by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press, 19 July 2017

ICC South Africa Ruling: Interview with Alison Smith, Director of No Peace without Justice Program
TRT World TV, 12 July 2017

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