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September 2014
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 Highlights

ICC: Emma Bonino welcomes upcoming election of Senegalese Minister of Justice as ASP President
 

"The endorsement of Sidiki Kaba, Senagelese Minister of Justice, as consensus candidate for the next President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court by the ASP Bureau is very welcome news.
 
"Minister Kaba is a long-time supporter of the fight against impunity and his clear vision of the role of international justice in providing redress for victims and promoting peace would provide a steady hand at the Assembly’s helm over the next four years. Aside from his own personal dedication, expertise and experience, his appointment would be symbolically important, given Senegal’s own commitment to justice as the first State Party of the International Criminal Court.
 
"I look forward to his election by the whole Assembly at its next session in December and to working with him during his tenure to achieve our shared goal of a strong, independent, effective and well-resourced ICC. The Court has a great deal of work to do both now and in the coming years – as ASP President, Minister Kaba will have the opportunity and the tools to provide strong leadership for States Parties to support the fight against impunity and to stand in solidarity with victims."
 
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* Emma Bonino is founder of No Peace Without Justice

Bahrain: NPWJ supports campaign to free Maryam Al-Khawaja and all other prisoners of conscience
 

On the occasion of the 27th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, No Peace Without Justice supported the launch of the campaign to Free Bahrain Prisoners of Conscience, which was held on 16 September 2014 during a side event organized by the Arab NGO Network for Development, the Bahrain Human Rights Observatory, Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy.
 
The meeting provided an opportunity to highlight the ongoing deteriorated human rights situation in Bahrain. Three years after its violent response to citizens’ rallies demanding political reform and despite repeated pledges made before the UN Human Rights Council, the regime in Bahrain has failed to deliver any concrete and serious plans for reform, let alone any reform itself. Worse, it continues to suppress peaceful dissent and denies a majority of Bahrainis their fundamental rights on a daily basis. Civil society activists and human rights defenders, including minors, are still routinely subjected to harassment, arbitrary detention and imprisonment, ill-treatment and unfair and politically-motivated trials for having participated in peaceful demonstrations or criticised officials.
 
In a joint civil society letter promoted by CIVICUS and issued on 18 September 2014, 155 organisations from over 60 countries (including No Peace Without Justice and the Radical Party) also called for the immediate and unconditional release of Bahraini human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja, as well as recognition of the legitimate demands of the Bahraini people to realise their democratic rights. A truly democratic transition in Bahrain will be achieved only if all those who are committed to peaceful and nonviolent dialogue are free to contribute fully to the political process.
 
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Tunisia: NPWJ and NRPTT condemn reported harassment of human rights defender Hela Boujneh
 

“No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) strongly condemn the increasing number of incidents of abuse of power by the police in Tunisia, particularly against human rights defenders and young people. The latest reported facts around the arrest of the young Tunisian human rights activist and legal expert Ms Héla Boujneh, and the subsequent intimidation and abuse to which she reported to have been subjected, is an outrageous example of this increasingly widespread policy.
 
“These incidents awake dark memories from the regime of former President Ben Ali and are a blatant rejection of the ideals and principles on which the new Tunisia was founded. Ms Boujneh is a talented and inspiring young woman who fights to anchor her country’s future on democratic values, the rule of law and respect for human rights and she should be commended for her dedication and acts.
 
“We call on Tunisian authorities to ensure that Ms Boujneh is guaranteed a fair trial and we look forward to all charges against her being dropped. Tunisian authorities should also ensure that allegations of any form of mistreatment or abuse by Tunisian police either in prison or outside are duly and independently investigated so that those guilty can be held accountable”.
 
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 NPWJ events

UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene side event on Transitional justice and accountability in Libya
 

On the occasion of the 27th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT) convened a side event on “Libya: Transitional justice and accountability as necessary measures to halt the humanitarian and political crisis”, which was held on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at the Palais des Nations.
 
Since mid-May 2014, Libya has witnessed a turbulent period of political volatility and an outburst of violence between armed groups, which have led to a deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation and to a further polarisation of the political spectrum. Libya’s political future and long-term stability will be defined by what will happen in the next few months. The way in which the current political and humanitarian crisis is handled will have serious consequences for the development of political and societal institutions and their ability to protect and expand the civil and political rights of Libyans.
 
As highlighted during the meeting, it is crucial that transitional justice initiatives continue to be (and be perceived to be) relevant to the political debate within Libya and on Libya and that political attention to transitional justice processes is not overshadowed by security and military concerns. Ensuring that transitional justice mechanisms remain at the center of the national dialogue is one of the main tools for the international community to assist the Libyan authorities in building up those critical State institutions, such as the justice system, that can guarantee equality in front of the law, accountability and personal responsibility for all citizens. These are fundamental elements without which a democratic, peaceful and stable regime cannot be established or sustained.
 
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UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene Side Event on "Syria: Focus on Children"
 

On the occasion of the 27th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT), together with Syrian partners, convened a Side Event on "Syria: Focus on Children", which was held on 16 September 2014 (from 16h00 to 18h30, Palais des Nations, Room XXI). The meeting was co-sponsored by the Governments of Italy, Belgium, France, Liechtenstein and Qatar.
 
The purpose of this side event was to highlight the impact of the conflict on children and young people and ensure accountability for the crimes committed against them. In his first report on the situation of children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, the UN Secretary-General reports on the “countless killings and the maiming of children” and numerous violations of children’s rights. Since November 2011, the UN’s independent international Commission of Inquiry has documented patterns of summary executions, enforced disappearance, torture, rape and other sexual- and gender-based violence, forced displacement, starvation and city siege - crimes that have a disproportionate impact on children and young people.
 
Providing accountability for the crimes and ensuring the participation of children and young people is the only way to help breaking the cycle of impunity that is ravaging Syria. Accountability needs to become the centerpiece of any international efforts on Syria to bring justice for the Syrian people, ensure today’s children can grow up in a safe and secure environment and prevent cycles of violence in future generations.
 
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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 focused mainly on the two main running programs. On FGM, Alvilda Jablonko outlined the present and future activities of NPWJ in West Africa; Regarding the MENA Democracy Program and the ICJ Program, Gianluca Eramo, MENA Coordinator, described the parallel events organised by NPWJ at the Human Rights Council regarding the situation of children in the Syrian conflict, and the political and humanitarian crisis in Libya. Subjects also analysed by Giulia Cappellazzi, NPWJ Libya Officer, and Niccolò Figà-Talamanca, NPWJ Secretary-General.

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 NPWJ press releases

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

UN/Geneva: The Radical Party convenes a side event on “Rule of Law v. Reason of State”
27th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, 18 September 2014

Bahrain: Joint global civil society letter calling for the release of Maryam al-Khawaja and end clampdown on civil society
18 September 2014

UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene side event on Transitional justice and accountability in Libya
27th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, 17 September 2014

UN / Geneva: NPWJ and NRPTT convene Side Event on "Syria: Focus on Children"
27th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, 16 September 2014

UN / Geneva: NPWJ supports campaign to free prisoners of conscience in Bahrain
27th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, 16 September 2014

Bahrain: NPWJ calls for immediate release of human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja
Brussels – Rome – New York, 2 September 2014

Tunisia: NPWJ and NRPTT condemn reported harassment of human rights defender Hela Boujneh
Brussels – Rome – New York, 1 September 2014

First anniversary of Ghouta chemical attack: NPWJ calls for justice and accountability in Syria
Brussels – Rome – New York, 21 August 2014

 NPWJ in the news


 

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

Interview: Qamar Naseem: The Pakistani Feminist
By Sonya Rehman, The Diplomat, 4 September 2014

Le colpe del Governo siriano nell’attacco chimico del 2013
Domenico Letizia, L'Opinione, 29 August 2014

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