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October 2017
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 Highlights

ICC: Burundi’s withdrawal is a shame but does not absolve the country from its obligations
 

No Peace Without Justice deeply regrets the withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) of Burundi, which came into effect today. By taking this unprecedented step backwards, its current Government clearly and sadly signalled its political attempt to deny justice to victims of atrocities by shielding their alleged perpetrators from any kind of accountability.
 
The legal obligations incurred by Burundi during its membership in the Rome Statute continue to apply even now it is no longer an ICC State Party. Burundi is still bound by all court decisions, arrest warrants and all other binding orders that were issued from the time it joined until the date the withdrawal took effect. Likewise, despite its withdrawal, the Court continues to have jurisdiction over events in Burundi up until the date of its withdrawal, which are the subject of an ongoing preliminary examination by the ICC Prosecutor into alleged serious crimes under international law committed in the country since 2015.
 
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Alison Smith is Director of the International Criminal Justice Program of No Peace Without Justice

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

This open letter, available in EnglishFrenchSpanish and Arabic, was sent to all UN Member States on behalf of 391 civil society organizations across 98 countries (including No Peace Without Justice) in advance of the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in October 2017. The letter calls on Member States to prioritize gender equality and women’s rights, and to increase their support for women civil society organizations and women human rights defenders.

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 NPWJ events

ECOWAS and NPWJ organise Forum of First Ladies and Ministers to strengthen the political commitment in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation
 

On 2-5 October 2017, the forum of ECOWAS member countries’ First Ladies was held in Niamey, Niger, with the objective to strengthen the political commitment in the fight against female genital mutilation and other gender-based harmful practices such as child marriage and early or forced marriage, in the framework of the protection and promotion of women and children rights in the West African sub region.
 
This high-level meeting was held under the high patronage of H.E. Mister Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger, and under the chairmanship of H.E Mister Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, President of the Togolese Republic and incumbent Chairman of the ECOWAS Conference of Heads of State and Government. It was co-organised by ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) and No Peace Without Justice, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UEMOA, UNFPA, UNHCDH, UNICEF, UNOWAS, the African Union,  the Islamic Development Bank, CARE INTERNATIONAL, CECI, the Inter-African Committee on Harmful Practices (IAC), FAO, Spanish Foundation for Women Africa ISS, NANYMA KEITA, REPSFECO, RFEFH, ROAJELF, Save the Children, Terre des Hommes, and Youth Bill International USA.
 
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NPWJ contributes to Nuremberg Forum 2017 on "Peace and Justice: The Fight against Impunity at a Crossroad"
 

In the Nuremberg Forum 2017, under the title “10 years after the Nuremberg Declaration on Peace and Justice: The Fight against Impunity at a Crossroad the International Nuremberg Principles Academy together with invited experts (including Alison Smith, Director Of International criminal Justice Program of NPWJ) met to elucidate developments since 2007, with a particular focus – in line with the Academy’s mandate – on analysing progress and challenges in the application of international criminal and humanitarian law and related human rights, and in the fight against impunity.
 

The discussion focused on several specific trends: mechanisms to apply international criminal law (ICL) have multiplied and a considerable wealth of judicial practice has accumulated; at the same time, the global political context has changed, new crises have unfolded, and some fundamental tenets, spelled out in the Nuremberg Principles and in the agenda of the 2007 conference, are still not generally accepted, notably the avoidance of impunity, the need to promote peace, security, justice and development in tandem, and the need to involve victims in the quest for peace and justice as the bases for societies’ efforts to deal with the past and to achieve well-being for all.

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 NPWJ press releases

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 contributes to conference on “Combating Illicit Trade: Progress, Challenges and Collaborative Solutions”
London, 27 - 28 September 2017

Myanmar: NPWJ strongly condemns escalation in violence against Rohingya in Western Rakhine State
Brussels-Rome, 6 September 2017

Libya: NPWJ welcomes ICC warrant for LNA Special Forces Commander Al-Werfalli
Brussels-Rome, 15 August 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

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

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