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June 2014
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 Highlights

UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene side event on “Ending Impunity for Atrocities in Syria”
 

On the occasion of the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) convened a side event on “Ending Impunity for Atrocities in Syria”, which was held on Tuesday 17 June 2014 at the Palais des Nations. The meeting was co-sponsored by the Governments of ItalyFrance and Qatar.
 
The purpose of this side event was to highlight the gross human rights violations that have been and continue to be committed on a daily basis all across Syria as well the efforts to shade a light on these horrors. What is happening in Syria is a humanitarian and human rights disaster. 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, created a situation where impunity is the norm. The international community has to redouble its efforts to support justice and accountability for the Syrian people, as the only nonviolent and effective tool to break the cycle of violence and to bring justice to the Syrian people.
 
Keynote speakers of the meeting included: H.E. Ahmad Tu'mahPrime Minister of Syrian Interim Government, Haitham Al MalehPresident of the Legal Committee of the Syrian Coalition, Imad Al-Din Al-RashidChair of the Political Bureau, Syrian National MovementHasna Harririformer prisoner in Intelligence Branch 215’s detention centerBrigadier General Assad Alzubiformer commander, Syrian Air Forces, and Ayman Ghojal‎, Violations Documentation Center in Syria.
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ICC: NPWJ and NRPTT welcome the confirmation of charges against former Côte d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo
 

No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) welcome the Pre-Trial Chamber I’s decision to confirm charges for crimes against humanity against former Côte d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo and to commit him to trial before a Trial Chamber in The Hague. Impunity for political violence has been the norm in Côte d’Ivoire for far too long and this ruling by the ICC is an important step in the quest for justice and healing for countless Ivorian victims of grave human rights violations. Moreover, this first case against a former head of State before the ICC sends a clear message that impunity for perpetrators of crimes under international law is never an option, regardless of rank or official status.
 
However, the crimes allegedly committed over a four-month period between 2010 and 2011 by Mr Gbagbo and his armed forces constitute only one aspect of the abuses that have taken place in Côte d’Ivoire. The victims of crimes committed in Côte d’Ivoire prior to December 2010 also deserve justice and redress. NPWJ and the NRPTT therefore look forward the ICC Prosecutor continuing to investigate all serious crimes under international law committed against civilians since September 2002 and ensuring that all those, irrespective of their political allegiance, who bear the greatest responsibility for their commission will be held accountable for their actions.
 
Côte d’Ivoire also has a responsibility to its citizens to pursue justice and prevent impunity at all levels. We urge the Ivorian authorities to provide appropriate and effective accountability for the entirety of crimes allegedly committed by all fighting forces in Côte d'Ivoire over the past decade, utilising various domestic transitional justice approaches that must include criminal justice. It is only by ensuring that justice is finally done for victims irrespective of the perpetrators and upholding the rule of law that the Government can show a real break with the past and regain the trust of the Ivorian people in State institutions.
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Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab free, after nearly two years of arbitrary detention
 

No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) are pleased that Nabeel Rajab is finally out of prison where he should have never been held. Nabeel’s arbitrary imprisonment for exercising his right to freedom of expression, association and assembly, together with many other human rights defenders targeted with similar politically motivated charges, demonstrates the determination of the Bahraini authorities to suppress any peaceful dissent and nonviolent quest for democracy, rule of law and respect of fundamental human rights in the country.
 
Despite repeated promises to implement the recommendations issued by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) in November 2011 as well as by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in May 2012, the regime in Bahrain continues to deny to a majority of Bahrainis their fundamental rights on a daily basis. Prominent civil society activists and human rights defenders, including minors, are still being exposed routinely to harassment, arbitrary detention and imprisonment, ill-treatment and unfair and politically motivated trials leading to harsh sentences for having participated in peaceful demonstrations or criticised officials.
 
If the Government is sincere about reform aimed at anchoring the country’s future to democratic values, it needs to respect the Rule of Law and ensure the respect of human rights. Bahraini authorities should also immediately and unconditionally release all remaining prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders in detention whose only “crime” has been to speak out in favour of reform, in favour of human rights and in favour of bringing meaningful democracy to Bahrain.
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 NPWJ events

UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene parallel event on “Challenges and opportunities of democratic transition in Libya”
 

On the occasion of the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) convened a parallel event on “Challenges and opportunities of democratic transition in Libya”, which was held on 18 June 2014 at the Palais des Nations.
 
Panelists of the meeting, which was opened by Khaled Said Al Agily, Member of National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Libya and moderated by Niccolò Figà-Talamanca, Secretary General of No Peace Without Justice, included Siraj Alezzabi, Libyan Trial Monitoring Network, Layla Omran, Al Sharqiya Local Council, and Mohamed Ghashoot, member of the Civil Network for Transitional Justice.
 
The purpose of this parallel event was to draw the attention of the international community on the challenges faced by Libya in its transition to democracy and the efforts that Libyan public institutions and civil society organisations are making, since the end of 2011, in order to improve respect of human, civil and political rights in the country, also in view of the Universal Periodic Review that Libya will undergo in April 2015. Libya’s needs for a broad consensus on the management of the transitional period and the stabilisation of the current situation can benefit from the support of the United Nations and Member States to ensure that the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law are respected, upheld and expanded for all Libyan citizens.
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NPWJ calls for concrete action to end sexual and gender-based violence in conflict at Global Summit in London
 

On 10-13 June 2014, No Peace Without Justice contributed to the “Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict”, which was held in London, United Kingdom, and co-chaired by Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The summit brought together 900 representatives from state and government agencies, NGOs, international organisations, experts and stakeholders from over 100 countries. The NPWJ Delegation included Alison Smith, Legal Counsel and Director of the International Criminal Justice Program, and Alvilda Jablonko, Coordinator of the Female Genital Mutilation and Gender Program.
 
The purpose of this three-day event was to discuss and promote strategies and measures to be implemented in order to address one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time, namely sexual and gender-based violence in conflict. Fostering political commitment and enhancing coordination of action at national and international level is crucial to prevent this human rights violation, to investigate and punish it effectively and to provide reparation, protection and support to victims as well as to human rights defenders working on the issue, often at serious risk to themselves.
 
Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) continues to be an under-reported but devastating crime committed innumerous conflict-affected countries across the world. From Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of Congo,Bosnia to Syria and Sudan, women and girls as well as men and boys have been and are targets of such abuses committed by armed forces or groups in total impunity. Accountability and redress for these past and ongoing human rights violations must be put at centre stage if there is to be any hope for reaching lasting stability, reconciliation and peace in affected countries.
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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 last episodes have focused on the International Criminal Justice Program, and in particular on China and Russia’s veto at the Security Council for the referral of the Syrian situation, commented by Greta Barbone. For the FGM and Gender Program, Alvilda Jablonko reported from the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London underlining NPWJ’s support to the event. As for the MENA Program, Gianluca Eramo intervened from the OHCHR in Geneva, where the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council took place and NPWJ organised two parallel events on Syria and Libya.

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 NPWJ press releases

Ending impunity in Syria and ICC referral: Open letter to the UN Human Rights Council Permanent Representatives
Brussels - Rome - New York, 19 June 2014

UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene parallel event on “Challenges and opportunities of democratic transition in Libya”
26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, 18 June 2014

UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene side event on “Ending Impunity for Atrocities in Syria”
26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, 17 June 2014

ICC: NPWJ and NRPTT welcome the confirmation of charges against former Côte d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo
Brussels – Rome – New York, 14 June 2014

NPWJ calls for concrete action to end sexual and gender-based violence in conflict at Global Summit in London
London, United Kingdom, 13 June 2013

NPWJ gives a lecture on "The ICC and Transitional Justice: a civil society perspective"
Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, 9 June 2014

Bahrain: NPWJ hosts roundtable with opposition leaders and calls for ending repression and promoting meaningful political reform
Brussels, 5 June 2014

Syria / #Douma4 Campaign: Free Prominent Rights Defenders
30 May 2014

 NPWJ in the news


 

Bahrain phoney “reforms” slammed during side event in Geneva
ABNA News Agency, 19 June 2014

UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene side event on “Ending Impunity for Atrocities in Syria”
Akhbar Alaan TV (Arabic), 19 June 2014

Sulla Siria tutti sanno tutto ma nessuno fa niente
Marco Perduca, Huffington Post, 18 June 2014

Qatar Permanent Delegation in Geneva Holds Workshop on Situation in Syria
MOFA Qatar, 18 June 2014

Civil society backs Syria ICC referral bid
#GlobalJusticeWeekly (CICC), 16 May 2014

Retour sur le colloque : protéger et punir avec la loi
Excision, parlons-en!, 13 May 2014

Lutte contre les MGF et les mariages des enfants: Chantal Compaoré réaffirme son engagement aux côtés du CI-AF
Fasozine, 27 April 2014

MGF et mariages précoces: Des stratégies afin de parvenir à la tolérance zéro
Le Quotidien (Burkina Faso), 27 April 2014

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