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November 2015
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 Highlights

Gambia: NPWJ and NRPTT welcome proclamation of a ban on FGM by President Jammeh and urge the Parliament to adopt a specific legislation
 

 

No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) welcome the public proclamation of a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) by President Yahya Jammeh which demonstrates the political commitment at the highest level to tackle FGM and protect the rights of women and girls in the Gambia.
 
This public proclamation echoes the voices of the numerous communities which over the past eight years have publicly demonstrated their willingness to end FGM. It also reinforces the legitimacy and impact of the advocacy and awareness efforts carried out by civil society groups such as GAMCOTRAP under the tireless leadership of its president, Isatou Touray, to bring an end to this human rights violation.
 
We stand side by side with Gambian activists in urging all members of the National Assembly to take action following President Jammeh’s declaration and adopt specific legislation criminalising FGM before the end of this year. As called for by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 69/150, "enacting and enforcing legislation to prohibit FGM and to protect women and girls from this form of violence, and to hold perpetrators to account" are fundamental and crucial factors to successfully combat this form of gender-based violence, promote its elimination and protect its victims.
 
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Alvilda Jablonko is Director for Gender and Human Rights of No Peace Without Justice

International Day: World must protect Children's Rights
 

On this International Day of the Rights of the Child, No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT), together with their Syrian partners, stand in solidarity with the children in Syria who since 2011 are living through unspeakable horror and violence, perpetrated with ever-increasing frequency and brutality amidst a culture of almost complete impunity.
 
Syria is emblematic of the humanitarian and human rights disaster that disproportionately affects children in conflict zones around the world. Children have a right to food, medical treatment, education and security. However, children in Syria are able to enjoy none of these rights.  Worse, as highlighted in the first report by UN Secretary-General on the situation of children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, they are victims of “countless killings and maimings”. After four years of failure by the international community to bring an end to the conflict in Syria, we renew our appeal to all States, and to all regional and international organisations, to demonstrate their commitment to human rights and particularly the rights of children by breaking the cycle of impunity that is ravaging the country.
 
We should remind ourselves that also in times of peace children's fundamental rights are at threat or violated, as demonstrated by the millions of girls worldwide who are subjected to female genital mutilation and forced marriage. NPWJ and the NRPTT appeal to all states in which these human rights violations are perpetrated to enact and enforce legislation to unequivocally prohibit them as well as to provide strong and clear support for the innumerable human rights groups, women’s associations and individual advocates that fight a daily battle to bring an end to these forms of violence.
 
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Alison Smith is Legal Counsel and Director of the International Criminal Justice Program of No Peace Without Justice

War crimes in Bangladesh: European Union should act decisively in impending miscarriage of justice
 

No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) reiterate their strong concerns about the repeated and continued violations by the Bangladesh judicial authorities of fair trial rights in the enforcement of crimes under international law. Through the persistent exclusion of due process guarantees and the application of the death penalty, the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) will not achieve its established aim of delivering justice for victims and addressing the massive atrocities committed during the nine-month conflict in 1971, from which Bangladesh traumatically emerged as an independent State and which haunt the country to this day.
 
The latest controversial judgments handed down against two leaders of Bangladesh’s opposition parties, namely Mr Mojaheed and Mr Chowdhury, further reinforce the perception that the ICT’s proceedings are a weapon of politically influenced revenge whose real aim is to target a legitimate political opposition. In its current form, the ICT will only contribute to create further violence and division, not the reconciliation that the people of Bangladesh deserve. Bangladesh cannot continue to ignore the very legitimate concerns and persistent demands for reform raised both domestically and internationally, including through official rulings by United Nations bodies.
 
This means first and foremost the immediate and categorical exclusion of the death penalty for individuals accused by ICT and the application in full of all due process guaranteesincluding protection of defence witnesses, potential witnesses and counsel from harassment and intimidation; full application of the presumption of innocence; and all other due process rights, to the highest international standards.
 
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 NPWJ events

Side event on "Accountability and the Prospect of a Political Solution to the Conflict in Syria"
 

In the margins of the 14th Session of the International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties, the Euro-Syrian Democratic Forum and No Peace Without Justice convened a Side Event on "Accountability and the Prospect of a Political Solution to the Conflict in Syria", which was held on 25 November 2015 at the World Forum in The Hague. The meeting was organised with the financial support of the European Union and co-sponsored by the Governments of Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces.
 
This side event aimed to look at the fundamental issue of redress for victims and accountability as an essential component of any political solution to the conflict in Syria, addressing some of the difficult questions that will arise. The meeting also served as a reminder that a lasting political solution to the Syrian war requires an inclusive and participatory process capable to ensure redress for all victims of violence, violations and  abuses  of  human  rights  and violations of international humanitarian law, irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation, and accountability mechanisms to foster national reconciliation, ensure no repetition, respect of international and humanitarian laws and the end of impunity.
 
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“Inside Syrian Regime Prisons: the Caesar Files” Exhibit
 

In the margins of the 14th Session of the International Criminal Court Assembly of States PartiesSyrian Association for Missing and Conscience Detainees, Euro-Syrian Democratic Forum and No Peace Without Justice hosted the “Inside Syrian Regime Prisons: the Caesar Files” Exhibit. The exhibition was co-sponsored by the Governments of CanadaLiechtenstein and United States of America.
 
The Caesar Exhibition displays photographs of detainees from the Syrian regime’s prisons and detention centres. The photographs were taken by a former military policeman of the Syrian army – known by the pseudonym “Caesar” – who fled Syria in 2013. Caesar smuggled out with him over 55,000 photos of approximately7.000 Syrians tortured by the Assad regime. The 11.000 victims he photographed represent only a fraction of the systematic torture and killing that still take place inside Syrian regime’s prisons. After thorough analysis by a first-rate legal and forensic team in early 2014, the “Caesar” photographs were shared with and processed by the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI), which cited them as clear evidence of systematic human rights violations by the Assad regime.
 
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 NPWJ press releases

NGO CICC Statement at the 14th session of the ICC Assembly of States Parties, delivered by NPWJ Secretary General
The Hague, 26 November 2015

Side event on "Accountability and the Prospect of a Political Solution to the Conflict in Syria"
14th ASP to the ICC, The Hague, 25 November 2015

Gambia: NPWJ and NRPTT welcome proclamation of a ban on FGM by President Jammeh and urge the Parliament to adopt a specific legislation by the end of 2015
Brussels-Rome, 24 November 2015

International Day: World must protect Children's Rights
Brussels – Rome, 20 November 2015

“Inside Syrian Regime Prisons: the Caesar Files” Exhibit
14th ASP to the ICC, The Hague, 18-20 November 2015

NPWJ and the NRPTT condemn the attacks in Paris and pay tribute to the victims
Brussels - Rome, 14 November 2015

War crimes in Bangladesh: European Union should act decisively in impending miscarriage of justice
Brussels – Rome, 12 November 2015

Egypt: NPWJ and the NRPTT strongly condemn the arrest of prominent journalist Hossam Bahgat as another blow for freedom of expression
Brussels-Rome, 9 November 2015

 NPWJ in the news


 

Gambia: NPWJ And NRPTT Welcome The Proclamation Of A Ban On FGM By President Jammeh
Freedom Newspaper (Gambia), 24 November 2015

Bangladesh opposition leaders to hang for war crimes
By Ruma Paul, Reuters, 18 November 2015

Emma Bonino: “Occidente viola diritti che lui stesso aveva stabilito”
TAG 24, 3 November 2015

Emma Bonino premiata da George Soros
Imola Oggi, 28 October 2015

Premio internazionale a Emma Bonino. Insignita a New York insieme ad altri sette leader
ANSA, 26 October 2015

Nord del Mediterraneo: l’imprenditoria femminile chiave per lo sviluppo e la crescita
Tribuna Economica, 15 October 2015

Hajj Hassan lors d'une conférence sur l'autonomisation des femmes à Milan: encourager la femme pour qu'elle contribue à la lutte contre le chômage
ANI (Liban), 15 October 2015

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