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July 2017
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 Highlights

International Justice Day: NPWJ calls for stronger commitment to the fight against impunity
 

The past year was a particularly challenging one for international justice, and for the International Criminal Court. Towards the end of the year, three States Parties to the ICC Rome Statute had formally signalled their intention to withdraw from the Rome Statute, while the United Nations Security Council continued to be deadlocked in forming a concrete response to the crimes being committed in Syria despite the horrendous events unfolding in Aleppo.
 
As it turned out, however, these two situations actually became occasions that allowed the international community to stand up for justice and to stand on the side of victims. During the annual Assembly of States Parties for the International Criminal Court in November 2016, States Parties took the opportunity to state their strong support for the ICC and for international justice more broadly, declaring they would not permit the principles on which the Rome Statute was founded to be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.
 
The following month saw the UN General Assembly, under the leadership of Liechtenstein, step in and take action on Syria where the UN Security Council was unable to do so, creating the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM or Mechanism) to support the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed in Syria. While a small step, this was the first concrete action taken by the international community collectively to clear the way for accountability for the crimes in Syria and redress for the victims.
 
 
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Bahrain: NPWJ strongly condemns sham trial and 2 years prison sentence against Nabeel Rajab
 

No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) firmly condemns the decision of the Bahraini Lower Criminal Court to sentence prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to two years' imprisonment in absentia for media interviews he gave in 2015 and 2016. We express our undiminished solidarity with and support for Rajab, who has consistently called for peaceful protest and advocated for a fair and just democratic political system in Bahrain.
 
Yesterday’s shocking ruling is yet another clear example of the Bahraini authorities’ relentless determination to criminalise free speech and silence any peaceful dissent through judicial harassment and the improper use of judicial and police powers. The alleged acts upon which the charges against Rajab were based are not in any way recognisable criminal offences under international human rights law, and involved the peaceful exercise of internationally protected rights to freedom of expression and to promote and protect human rights.
 
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ICC: Court finds South Africa failed in its obligation to arrest President Al Bashir. UN Security Council needs to take responsibility for its own ICC referrals
 

"We are pleased that with this decision, the ICC has finally put this matter to rest”, said Alison Smith, NPWJ’s International Criminal Justice Director. “It was clear to us from day one that South Africa was in violation of its legal obligations to arrest President al-Bashir and transfer him to the ICC to stand trial. There was never a conflict of law: the Rome Statute, customary international law and even South Africa’s own domestic law are clear that Head of State immunity simply does not apply to crimes under international law, particularly when an arrest warrant for those crimes is issued by the ICC.”
 
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 NPWJ events

Conference on "Torture: to reduce in silence the anti-slavery activists of IRA in Mauritania"
 

On 29 June 2017, IRA Mauritanie organised a debate conference at the Rosocha Center in Brussels, entitled "Torture: to reduce in silence the anti-slavery activists of IRA in Mauritania". Participants included several representatives of IRA Mauritania, among whom Biram Dah Abeid, President of IRA-Mauritanie, as well as Niccolò Figà-Talamanca, Secretary General of No Peace Without Justice.
 
The event was held to raise awareness and discuss the arrest of 13 members of IRA Mauritania, in relation to a protest organised on the 29 June 2016 against the forced eviction of families, in a shantytown in the Ksarn district of the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchoutt. According to the testimony of the President of IRA Mauritania and the members of the movement, the arrests took effect for two weeks after the demonstration.
 
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Conference “Post-ISIS Ninewa: The European Response”
 

The conference “Post-ISIS Ninewa: The European Response”, convened on 6 July 2017 at the European Parliament to discuss the shape of Post-ISIS Iraq, concluded with consensus on a broad array of steps and measures to return displaced persons to their homes and rebuild. Noting that the impending fall of Mosul does not signify “Game Over” for European Union institutions and member states, the conference developed seven major options for Europe and Iraqi authorities for the “Post-ISIS” phase of the conflict in Iraq.
 

The Conference was hosted by Ana Gomes and Elmar Brok, members of the European Parliament, and jointly organised by No Peace Without Justice, the Institute for International Law and Human Rights, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples OrganizationMinority Rights Group International and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Participants included senior representatives of the Iraqi government, the Kurdish Region, the United Nations, European Union institutions, Iraqi and European parliamentarians, and Iraqi and international civil society representatives.

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 NPWJ press releases

International Justice Day: NPWJ calls for stronger commitment to the fight against impunity
Brussels - Rome, 17 July 2017

Bahrain: NPWJ strongly condemns sham trial and 2 years prison sentence against Nabeel Rajab
Brussels – Rome, 11 July 2017

ICC: Court finds South Africa failed in its obligation to arrest President Al Bashir. UN Security Council needs to take responsibility for its own ICC referrals
Brussels - Rome, 6 July 2017

Justice for Syria: A new hope dawns
Brussels, 4 July 2017

No Peace Without Justice mourn the passing of Simone Veil and celebrate her contribution to the cause of human rights
Brussels-Rome, 30 June 2017

Conference on "Torture: to reduce in silence the anti-slavery activists of IRA in Mauritania"
Centre ROSOCHA, Brussels, 29 June 2017

 NPWJ in the news


 

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

Intervista a Niccolò Figà Talamanca sulla grave situazione economica di Non c'è Pace Senza Giustizia
Radio Radicale, 29 June 2017

Non fermate Ban FGM (la campagna contro le mutilazioni genitali). L’appello di Emma Bonino
di Gianna Fregonara, Corriere della Sera, 15 June 2017

Civilian Casualties Mount in Battle to Re-take Mosul
Mark Lattimer, The Wire, 8 June 2017

Assyrian Leader Voices Concern at EU-parliament Conference on Future of Nineveh Plain
AINA News, 7 June 2017

Se in Siria non si persegue la via della giustizia non ci sarà più pace né ricostruzione
Marco Perduca e Gianluca Eramo, Huffington Post, 6 April 2017

Armi chimiche, stragi di Idlib, Siria
Radio Radicale, 5 April 2017

Siria. Le voci della società civile
Spazio Transnazionale, Radio Radicale, 4 April 2017

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