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March 2015
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 Highlights

ICC: NPWJ and the NRPTT welcome the ICC decision to hold part of the Bosco Ntaganda trial in the DRC
 

On 19 March 2015, Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court recommended that the opening statements of Mr Bosco Ntaganda trial take place in Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr Ntaganda is the former alleged Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Force Patriotiques pour la Libération du Congo and stands accused before the ICC of 13 counts of war crimes and five crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Ituri, DRC, in 2002-2003.
 
No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT), welcome this important decision that part of the trial against Mr Ntaganda can be held in the State concerned. While the ICC is based in The Hague and all Court situations are far away from there, this is the very first time that the ICC judges have used Article 3(3) of the Rome Statute allowing the Court to sit elsewhere holding in situ hearings. This ruling is an encouraging answer to aspirations to see the alleged perpetrators of crimes to face justice where they were committed and we hope increasingly similar decisions will be taken in the future in other situations before the Court.
 
Over the years NPWJ and the NRPTT have consistently advocated that wherever possible the ICC should hold trials or parts thereof in situ in order to bring the Court’s work closer to its key stakeholders, namely the victims of crimes tried before the ICC. This is crucial for the Court to fulfil a great part of its role, which is to deliver a sense of justice to victims of crimes under international law. This decision has the potential to reach out to the affected population in Ituri and to bring meaningful accountability to them.
 
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Alison Smith is Legal Counsel and Director of International criminal Justice Program of No Peace Without Justice

Syria: NPWJ calls on the UN Human Rights Council to support the fight against impunity
 

On 17 March 2015, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (CoI) presented its ninth report to the Human Rights Council (HRC). On the eve of the presentation, No Peace Without Justice addressed an open letter to the 47 Members of the UN HRC calling on them to support the CoI in its mandate to fight impunity for the crimes committed in Syria and to request the publication of the names of alleged perpetrators.
 
Since its inception, the UN Commission of Inquiry has documented some of the worst violations of human rights and international criminal law gathered by any UN-mandated body. This information has been supported and corroborated by the courageous work of Syrian human rights activists and by almost daily media reports. The fact that awareness of what is happening has not yet led to any kind of accountability, with the resulting impunity feeding into ever graver violations, is clearly of frustration to the Commission, a frustration that we share.
 
In its ninth Report, the Commission indicates that it is crucial for the international community to adopt a common and effective strategy to address the impunity gap in the Syrian Arab Republic (para 139). One way to do this is to tell alleged perpetrators clearly that their actions are not going unnoticed, but that the international community is watching and that justice will follow (paras 140, 141). In an unprecedented move, the Commission stated that ‘not to publish names at this juncture of the investigation would be to reinforce the impunity that the Commission was mandated to combat’ (para 140).
 
We urge the 47 Members of the UN Human Rights Council to support the people of Syria by requesting that the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria publish the names of alleged perpetrators, as they have proposed, as a concrete means of supporting its mandated role in the fight against impunity and continuing the mandate of the Commission to document violations in Syria to allow it to continue to play this role.
 
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Niccolò Figà-Talamanca is Secretary-General of No Peace Without Justice

Campaing "For a new human right: the Right to Know": Radicals meet with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
 

 

On 11 March 2015, a delegation of the Radical Party formed by Marco PannellaElisabetta ZamparuttiLaura Harth andMatteo Angioli,  accompanied by the Italian Ambassador to the UN Maurizio Serra, met with the UN High Commissioner for Human RightsZeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, at the Palais Wilson in Geneva.
 
The purpose of the meeting was to present and discuss the campaign launched by the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and TranspartyHands Off Cain and No Peace Without Justice"For a new human right: the Right to Know". In the framework of this campaign supported by a crowdfunding initiattive, various initiatives will be promoted, including a Second International Conference focused on the Rule of Law and the Right to Know.
 
On 30 March 2015, the proceedings of the first International Conference on “Rule of Law v. Reason of State” (held in Brussels, on 18-19 February 2014) will also be presented in Paris. The event will be held at the French Senate (salle Monnerville), with the support of André Gattolin, Senator of the Green group, and the participation, among others, of Yves Charles Zarka, professor of political philosophy, Sorbonne University; Michel Troper, Professor emeritus of public law, Paris West University; Penelope Faulkner, Vice-President, Vietnam Committee on Human Rights. The meeting will provide an opportunity to promote the Second International Conference, scheduled for June 2015.
 
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 NPWJ events

International Women’s Day: "Wounded to Death" in Tunis with Emma Bonino
 

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, “Wounded to Death”, a play about femicide written by Serena Dandini in collaboration with Maura Misiti, was performed at the Théâtre 4ème Art in Tunis on Sunday 8 March 2015. This is the first time that the play was being performed in an Arab country, thanks to the cooperation of FIDH and two of its member organizations in Tunisia, the Tunisian Human Rights League and the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD).
 
Previous presentations were made at the UN headquarters in New York and Geneva, Washington, Brussels, London, Luxembourg and Strasbourg and Paris. Contributors to this project include CEFA Onlus, GVC Onlus, No Peace Without Justice, Unipol Banca, Legacoop Romagna and Emilia Romagna.
 
On stage in Tunis alongside the authors were Emma Bonino (former Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and founder of No Peace Without Justice), Latifa Lakhdhar (Tunisian Minister of Culture), Fatma Saidenne (actress), Amel Hamrouni (singer), Bochra Belhaj Hmida (Member of Parliament), Jalila Baccar (actress), Besma Khalfeoui (Chairperson of the Chokri Belaid Foundation), Nadia Khiari (caricaturist), Meriem Belkadhi (journalist), Raja Dahmeni (ATFD), Lina Ben Mhenni (blogger), Najwa Rezgui (former political prisoner) and Amira Yahyeoui (Chairperson of BAWSSALA).
 
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Libya: NPWJ organises a training course on “Documentation of human rights violations and crimes under international law”
 

On 4-6 March 2015, No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ organised a training course on “Documentation of human rights violations and crimes under international law in Libya”, which was held in Hammamet, Tunisia. The three-day training engaged 30 Libyan civil society activists on the main components and relevant techniques and mechanisms of investigation and collection of evidence related to violations of human rights and international criminal law.
 
Since mid-2014, Libya is experiencing its worst crisis since the fall of the Gaddafi regime. Human rights violations and crimes under international law are being committed by militias and terrorist groups, further worsening the political crisis and reducing the hope for justice and redress for victims. Accountability mechanisms face a number of challenges in Libya with respect to holding perpetrators accountable, including the difficulty to obtain reliable information that could both provide a picture of what is happening and potentially be used as evidence. These mechanisms include national courts and non‑judicial processes, as well as the International Criminal Court, which has jurisdiction since Libya was referred to the ICC in 2011.
 
The purpose of this training course was to strengthen the capacity of civil society actors to undertake investigations and documentation on current events and ongoing violations in Libya, and to bring credible information to accountability processes and bodies, both at the national and international level. With increased capacity to support justice and accountability, Libyan actors can contribute to challenge the current cycle of violence, reduce the expectation and rewards of impunity for atrocities committed and lay the foundation for future redress for victims.
 
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 NPWJ on Radio Radicale

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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 Friday morning immediately before the main news summary.
 

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 NPWJ press releases

ICC: NPWJ and the NRPTT welcome the ICC decision to hold part of the Bosco Ntaganda trial in the DRC
Rome - Brussels, 20 March 2015

Bahrain: Joint Statement condemning threats of reprisals against Human rights defenders Husain Abdulla and Abdulnabi Al-Ekri at the Human Rights Council
Geneva, UN Human Rights Council, 19 March 2015

Syria: NPWJ calls on the UN Human Rights Council to support the fight against impunity
Brussels – Rome – New York, 16 March 2015

#withSyria coalition: Eighty-Three Percent of Syria's Lights Extinguished After Four Years of Crisis
12 March 2015

Campaing "For a new human right: the Right to Know": Radicals meet with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Geneva, 11 March 2015

UNHRC / Bahrain: Oral Statement by Ali Alaswad on behalf of the Radical Party
UN Human Rights Council, 28th Session, Geneva, 9 March 2015

International Women’s Day: "Wounded to Death" in Tunis with Emma Bonino
Tunis, 8 March 2015

Libya: No Peace Without Justice mourns with great sadness the killing of Intissar Al Hassari
8 March 2015

Libya: NPWJ organises a training course on “Documentation of human rights violations and crimes under international law”
Hammamet, Tunisia, 4-6 March 2015

We urge the government of Bangladesh to begin dialogue with opposition
Financial Times, Comments/Letters, 28 February 2015

Minorities in Iraq targeted in deliberate attempt to eradicate Iraq’s religious diversity
27 February 2015

 NPWJ in the news


 

Ethnic Cleansing in Iraq -- Extremists Need to Be Confronted
By Geoffrey Johnston, AINA, 11 March 2015

Teatro: un 8 marzo speciale per Bonino e Dandini a Tunisi
ANSAmed, 9 March 2015

8 marzo: con Bonino “Ferite a morte” arriva in Tunisia, prima volta Paese arabo
Onultalia, 8 March 2015

Tunisia: Taieb Baccouche Meets Italian Former Foreign Minister
TAP / All Africa, 7 March 2015

South Sudan: Delayed Peace Means No Justice for War Crime Victims
By Andrew Green, IRIN / All Africa, 6 March 2015

Diritto internazionale umanitario e protezione dei civili nei conflitti armati. Il caso di Khojaly
Domenico Letizia, Clandestinoweb, 28 February 2015

Religious minorities at risk in the Middle East: "Death has become something banal"
European Parliament News, 27 February 2015

Islamic State: Iraq minorities 'threatened with eradication'
BBC News, 27 February 2015

Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities – rights groups
By Kieran Guilbert, REUTERS, 27 February 2015

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