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October 2014
Editor-in-Chief: Nicola Giovannini
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 Highlights

Libya's crossroad, where is Europe going?
 

Since mid-May 2014, Libya has witnessed a turbulent period of political volatility and an outburst of violence between armed groups, which is resulting in further polarisation of the political spectrum and a divisive political situation. Libya’s political future and long-term stability will be defined by how the post-Gaddafi and post-conflict transition will be managed by the international community and how the few seeds of transitional justice mechanisms already implanted in the Libyan legislative system will be supported and helped to grow. These elements play a critical role in developing a new covenant for Libyan citizens and will have serious ramifications for the development of political and societal institutions and their ability to protect and expand the civil and political rights of Libyans.
 
So far, the response to the current crisis by international organisations and Western countries has been haphazard and limited to declarations of principles and generic support to political dialogue among the Libyan political actors. Most recently, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Tripoli with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy designate, Federica Mogherini, and four special envoys from EU member States, stressing the need for dialogue. Tellingly, beyond a vague mention of addressing root causes once the fighting had stopped, the Secretary-General’s remarks in Tripoli were devoid of references to human rights, transitional justice or the need to end impunity.
 
It is urgent that the international community develop a concrete political strategy to support the legitimate aspiration of the Libyan people for security, dignity and democracy. The values for which the Revolution that ousted Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 was fought need to be brought back into the political discourse and concretely and strongly supported. As countless other transitional societies have demonstrated, impunity and rewards for violence are too fragile a base upon which to build a stable democracy.
 
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Gianluca Eramo is MENA Program Coordinator of No Peace Without Justice

Ban FGM: NPWJ and NRPTT mourn the passing of Efua Dorkenoo and celebrate her rich contribution to the cause of women’s rights
 

No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) note in great sadness the passing of Efua Dorkenoo, who has been at the forefront of the global movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM) for over three decades.
 
Thanks to her pioneering work over the decades, Efua played a crucial role in the international recognition of FGM as a human rights issue. Her vision has been a beacon of inspiration for us in our work to advocate for clear and effective legislation to unequivocally ban FGM as a human rights violation, in order to legitimize local advocacy and educational efforts, to strengthen those who seek to defy the social pressures of tradition and reject FGM, and to protect women and girls from this form of violence.
 
We had the honour to work closely with her, notably in the framework of the global campaign which led to the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Resolution banning FGM worldwide (A/RES/67/146), on December 2012, as well as in the following years on the implementation of the Resolution. The entire human rights international community has lost a true friend and advocate. We mourn Efua’s passing and urge all who knew her and whose lives she touched to carry on her legacy. NPWJ will certainly do so.
 
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Bahrain: NPWJ and NRPTT strongly condemn new arbitrary arrest of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab
 

No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) firmly condemn the arrest and detention of our friend and leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab and call on the Bahraini authorities to ensure his immediate and unconditional release.
 
Nabeel’s latest arbitrary detention for exercising his right to freedom of expression demonstrates the unabated determination of the Bahraini authorities to suppress any peaceful dissent and nonviolent quest for democratic reform, rule of law and respect of human rights in the country. This is all the more so in the context of the routine targeting of many other human rights defenders with similar, apparently politically-motivated, charges. This simply has to stop.
 
It is way past time for the Bahraini authorities to comply with their obligations under international law and uphold their repeated pledges to respond favourably to the recommendations issued by the UN Human Rights Council, which they reaffirmed during its 27th Session in Geneva last month. We call on the international community to take action to ensure the immediate release of Nabeel Rajab, as well as all other detained human rights defenders, and end the ongoing campaign of intimidation and threats against those whose only “crime” is to advocate openly and peacefully for meaningful democratic reforms and the respect of human rights in Bahrain.
 
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 NPWJ events

“20th anniversary of No Peace Without Justice: Challenges and Opportunities of the International Criminal Court”
 

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), founded in 1994 with the mandate of campaigning for the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a critical part of an effective system of international criminal justice. NPWJ is celebrating its long-standing commitment to end impunity by organising a conference “20th anniversary of No Peace Without Justice: Challenges and Opportunities of the International Criminal Court”, to be held at the Italian Senate, in Rome, on 13 November 2014.
 
The purpose of the Conference is to examine the interplay between two fundamental elements underpinning the Rome ICC Statute, namely cooperation and complementarity, in respect of which the ICC is facing increasing complexities.
 
The conference will examine those issues through its high-level participants, who will include James Kirkpatrick Stewart, Deputy Prosecutor of the ICC; Benedetto Della Vedova, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Italy; Emma Bonino, former Italian Foreign Minister and founder of No Peace Without Justice;  Carl Bildt, former Swedish Foreign Minister; Sidiki Kaba, Minister of Justice, Senegal, incoming ASP President; Herman von Hebel, ICC Registrar; Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, Attorney-General of Botswana; Brenda Hollis, Prosecutor, Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone; Binta Mansaray, Registrar, Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone; Zainab Hawa Bangura, former Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone, UN SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict; Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel; Stephen J. Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, USA; Anthony Dworkin, Senior Fellow, European Council for Foreign Relations.
 
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Presentation of the written proceedings of the Brussels Conference “Rule of Law v. Reason of State”
 

On 22 October 2014, the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) together with No Peace Without Justice convened, at the House of Commons in London, a presentation of the Written Proceedings of the Conference held in February at the European Parliament in Brussels Rule of Law v Reason of State. The presentation also served as a springboard for the launch of a second Brussels Conference which will discuss how to improve the relationship between Governments and the public, through the possible creation of a universal Human Right to Know.
 

The event was held under the auspices of the Rt Hon Norman Baker, MP, Home Office Minister who has been paying significant attention over the years to the Iraq Inquiry and to the consequences of the Iraq war. Participants included: Dr Owen Thomas, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Exeter, Stephen Plowden, a retired private British citizen who filed a request under the Freedom of Information, Marco Perduca, former Senator with the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT), Niccolò Figa’-Talamanca, Secretary-General of No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and Marco Pannella, Leader of the NRPTT.

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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 focus mainly on the Female Genital Mutilation Campaign. Alvilda Jablonko reports the developments and outcomes of the mission in Burkina Faso and Senegal and mourns the recent passing of Efua Dorkenoo, prominent activist for women’s rights. A focus on International Criminal Justice is provided by Niccolò Figà-Talamanca, NPWJ Secretary-General, who comments Kenyatta’s case and talks about the next event on the International Criminal Court organised by NPWJ to be hold in Rome in November. Giulia Cappellazzi also updates on the security and political situation in Libya and describes the planned activities in the country.

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 NPWJ press releases

Presentation of the written proceedings of the Brussels Conference “Rule of Law v. Reason of State”
House of Commons, London, 22 October 2014

Ban FGM: NPWJ and NRPTT mourn the passing of Efua Dorkenoo and celebrate her rich contribution to the cause of women’s rights
Brussels – Rome – New York, 20 October 2014

NPWJ remembers Sergio Stanzani, one year after his passing
Rome – Brussels – New York, 18 October 2014

Death Penalty Worldwide: Presentation of the Hands Off Cain 2014 Report at the European Parliament
European Parliament, Brussels, 14 October 2014

Bahrain /Joint global civil society appeal: Free Nabeel Rajab immediately and unconditionally
9 October 2014

Libya: NPWJ and its Libyan partners submit recommendations for consideration at the 22nd Session of the UPR Working Group
Geneva, 8 October 2014

Bahrain: NPWJ and NRPTT strongly condemn new arbitrary arrest of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab
Brussels – Rome – New York, 2 October 2014

ICC: Emma Bonino welcomes upcoming election of Senegalese Minister of Justice as ASP President
Rome, 19 September 2014

 NPWJ in the news


 

Senegal minister Sidiki Kaba set to become next ASP president
#GlobalJusticeWeekly (CICC), 14 October 2014

UGA School of Law to host conference on children and international criminal justice
UGA Today, 9 October 2014

Libya
#GlobalJusticeWeekly (CICC), 19 September 2014, 19 September 2014

Qatar calls for protection of children in Syria
The Peninsula, 18 September 2014

Qatar calls for urgent end to abuses against kids in Syria
Gulf Times, 17 September 2014

UK MP joins Bahrain side event at UN Human Rights Council
ABNA News Agency, 17 September 2014

Quei diritti negati ai bambini col fucile: torturati, detenuti e privati del futuro
Domenico Letizia, Il Garantista, 16 September 2014

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