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June 2017
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 Highlights

No Peace Without Justice mourn the passing of Simone Veil and celebrate her contribution to the cause of human right
 

No Peace Without Justice mourns with great sadness the passing of Simone Veil, a woman whose life has embodied campaigns of vital importance for the affirmation of the rule of law and the conquest of fundamental spaces of individual freedoms and responsibilities.
 
Simone Veil, who experienced on her own skin the horror and trauma of the Shoah, has been a great supporter of the fight against impunity and the establishment of the International Criminal Court, endorsing in 2008 the presidency of the fund set up by the Court to support victims in contexts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
 
As a French Minister of Health, she paved the way to the reform that led to the introduction in France of a law decriminalising the voluntary termination of pregnancy. Everyone remembers with emotion her words on abortion as a woman’s dramatic and painful choice, pronounced on 26 November 1974, in front of an Assembly made almost exclusively by men.

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Minorities may never return to their lands in post-ISIS Iraq, finds new report
 

Minority communities in Iraq fear their ancestral lands will be stolen by government-backed forces as ISIS is pushed back, a new report finds. Territories ‘liberated’ from ISIS months ago remain occupied by Shi’a militias, Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraq Security Forces while Yezidis, Christians, Shabak and Turkmen have yet to return, a coalition of international NGOs reports.
 
Based on extensive fieldwork in conflict-affected Ninewa and other parts of Iraq, Crossroads: The Future of Iraq’s Minorities after ISIS is the third in a series of definitive annual reports on the state of Iraq’s minorities, published by No Peace Without Justice(NPWJ),  Institute for International Law and Human Rights(IILHR), Minority Rights Group International (MRG),and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO).
 
This report makes 63 specific recommendations to the Government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government and the international community tackling the humanitarian, legal, asylum, and other needs of minorities. The coalition of NGOs warns that if their concerns are not addressed, there will be a continuing and lasting legacy of inter-communal animosity in conflict affected areas, and the ultimate departure of ethnic and religious minority populations from many parts of Iraq.
 
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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, namely Biram Dah Abeid, President of IRA-Mauritanie, Hamady Lehbous, spokesperson of the IRA-Mauritanie, Khatri Rahel Mbareck, peace committee coordinator, Jemal Samba Beylil, member of the Riadh office, Abdallahi Abou Diop, member of the Riadh office and Mariem Mint Cheikh Dieng, one of the main female figures in the struggle against slavery in Mauritania. The conference also benefited from the contribution of 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, falling on the third anniversary of the fall of Mosul, was hosted by Ana Gomes and Elmar Brok, members of the European Parliament, and jointly organised by No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), the Institute for International Law and Human Rights (IILHR), the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organisation (UNPO) and Minority Rights Group International (MRG).
 
The purpose of the conference was to advocate for thoughtful and realistic planning for the post-ISIS era. Building on the Paris Action Plan of September 2015, participants followed up on and further identified concrete Iraqi, European and international measures that can encourage sustainable returns and action to help build the basis for peace in Ninewa and other areas retaken from ISIS.
 
The conference gathered Iraqi government representatives and civil society activists, UN leaders from Baghdad and New York, MEPs, EU institutions and EU member states representatives. It was structured into three panels: 1) Supporting affected populations and facilitating durable solutions for those affected, including humanitarian, reconstruction, and post-conflict stabilization efforts; 2) Fighting impunity and ensuring justice; and 3) Preserving the diversity and plurality of Ninewa and the surrounding region.
 
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 NPWJ press releases

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

Carla Fendi - A part of No Peace Without Justice´s recent history sadly comes to an end
Rome, 20 June 2017

Iraqis, Europeans Press for Support for Post-ISIS Transition
Brussels – 8 June 2017

Media and public briefing for the release of “Crossroads: The Future of Iraq’s Minorities after ISIS”
Conference Hall, Press Club Brussels Europe, 7 June 2017, 10:00 – 12:00

Conference “Post-ISIS Ninewa: The European Response”
European Parliament, Room ASP 1G2, Brussels, 6 June 2017

 NPWJ in the news


 

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

Siria: si lavora per la democrazia. Gruppo attivisti a Roma per incontrare istituzioni italiane
Radio In Blu, 30 March 2017

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