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November 2017
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 Highlights

General Mladić convicted, sentenced to life imprisonment: triumph of justice over violence
 

No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) heralds today’s convict ion of General Ratko Mladić as a victory for justice and a critical step in the healing of the former Yugoslavia.  Over 20 years ago, Bosnian Serb forces under the command of General Ratko Mladić executed more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys and forced another 25,000 women, children and elderly people to leave their homes. The massacre was found to constitute genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2004, a finding reaffirmed by the International Court of Justice in 2007 and again today by the ICTY.
 
NPWJ consistently called for the ICTY’s doors to remain open until General Mladić could be brought before it and answer to the charges against him. To do otherwise would have been an affront to the memory of the thousands of victims still awaiting justice for the crimes committed at Srebrenica in July 1995. We applaud the resolve of everyone who has worked hard to see this day come and who have employed political and diplomatic means to ensure Serbia’s cooperation with the ICTY, including the ICTY Prosecutor, States and members of civil society in the former Yugoslavia and around the world. Today their determination has paid off.

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Alison Smith is Legal Counsel of No Peace Without Justice

NPWJ joins global statement calling for international action on Philippine drug war killings
 

In Advance of ASEAN Summit, a global coalition of more Than 270 NGOs, Political Leaders, Human Rights and Health Advocates released a statement today calling for urgent measures to stop Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's murderous drug war and to seek justice. The statement comes just before President Trump (who has repeatedly praised Duterte's drug war) will meet with Duterte for the first time, during the ASEAN Summit in the Philippines November 12-14. In anticipation, Duterte has reportedly told Trump to "lay off" human rights issues. Trump is one of 21 world leaders, along with the UN's Secretary General, expected to attend the Summit.
 
Of the more than 200 NGO endorsers on the statement, more than 40 are based in Asia, including a majority of ASEAN member states as well as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The statement also lists several Asia-wide networks on issues such as HIV, transgender and drug user concerns, and youth democracy activism. A political component of the statement's outreach efforts is in the early stages, but includes legislators from Canada, Italy, Cambodia, and Washington State, as well as other political and governmental officials from Singapore, Canada and the UK.
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There are some letters you never want to be in the position to write: some because they announce painful decisions, difficult choices or unavoidable paths, others because they certify failures, losses or dramatic situations.
 
This is such a letter. Yet I am compelled to talk, through these few lines, about a dramatic situation for No Peace Without Justice, an organisation that has achieved unprecedented victories for the affirmation of the law against impunity for crimes that shock the conscience of humankind and for empowering victims of norms and practices that subjugate the most vulnerable members of society.
In the mid 90s, we in the Radical Party declared: “There is something that is worth the definition “at all costs”: the law. The law at all costs means that there cannot be peace without justice”. With these words, we announced the Radical initiative to create an international criminal justice system that could be an antidote to the most atrocious violation of human rights. With these words, we decided to establish “No Peace Without Justice”, to give life to this simple declaration and to fight against impunity worldwide.
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 NPWJ events

NPWJ organises a workshop on “Civil society and international mechanisms synergies to seek justice and accountability for Syria”
 

In the framework of its Syria Program, No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) organised a workshop on “Civil society and international mechanisms synergies to seek justice and accountability for Syria”, which was held in Gaziantep, Turkey, from 13 to 15 November 2017. By bringing together representatives of Syrian civil society organisations with the international mechanisms tasked to seek accountability and justice for Syria, the meeting aimed at offering an opportunity to Syrian human rights activists and civil society leaders to engage actively with and contribute to the work of international accountability options and promote a fair, effective and independent transitional justice system. It also aimed to increase and strengthen civil society technical capacity and leadership skills to allow Syrian human rights activists and democracy advocates to contribute more effectively to the design of transitional justice measures and to their implementation, whether as partners or monitors or both.

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 NPWJ press releases

General Mladić convicted, sentenced to life imprisonment: triumph of justice over violence
Brussels, Rome – 22 November 2017

NPWJ organises a workshop on “Civil society and international mechanisms synergies to seek justice and accountability for Syria”
Gaziantep, Turkey, 13-15 November 2017

Support No Peace Without Justice and its work in defence of human rights around the world
Emma Bonino

ICC: Burundi’s withdrawal is a shame but does not absolve the country from its obligations
Brussels - Rome, 27 October 2017

NPWJ contributes to Nuremberg Forum 2017 on "Peace and Justice: The Fight against Impunity at a Crossroad"
Nuremberg Palace of Justice, Nuremberg, 20–21 October 2017

Open Letter to Permanent Representatives to the UN: Recommendations on the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)
16 October 2017

ECOWAS and NPWJ organise Forum of First Ladies and Ministers to strengthen the political commitment in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation
Niamey, Republic of Niger, 2-5 October 2017

 NPWJ in the news


 

L’Italia riconferma l’impegno nella lotta all’eradicazione delle mutilazioni genitali femminili (MGF)
Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo, 5 October 2017

Passing of M. Cherif Bassiouni, “the Godfather of International Criminal Law”
CICC News, 26 September 2017

ICC orders former Mali rebel to pay $3.2 million in reparation
CGTN Africa, 17 August 2017, 17 August 2017

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

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