20 July 2022 – International Criminal Justice

20 Jul, 2022 | News Digests

Myanmar accused of war crimes over ‘depraved use’ of landmines

Al Jazeera, 20 Jul 2022

The Myanmar military has been committing war crimes by laying landmines on a “massive scale” in and around villages in southeastern Kayah state, amid renewed fighting between the military and ethnic Karenni armed groups, according to Amnesty International.

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Morocco: Uyghur Activist at Risk of Extradition

Human Rights Watch, 19 Jul 2022

One year after his arrest at Casablanca airport, Yidiresi Aishan, also known as Idris Hasan, a Uyghur activist, remains under threat of extradition from Morocco to China, where there are substantial grounds to believe that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture, 45 human rights organizations said today.

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UN publishes new guidance on curbing child abduction and other ‘grave violations’ in war

UN News, 18 Jul 2022

The UN’s top official advocating for children caught up in armed conflict issued new guidance on Monday designed to help expert staff on the ground protect children who are abducted, or who suffer other grave violations.

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A Day to Reflect on International Criminal Justice

Human Rights Watch, 17 Jul 2022

July 17 marks International Criminal Justice Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) founding treaty. It is a moment to reflect on the global fight against impunity over the past year and the pressing need to extend the reach of justice for victims of serious human rights abuses.

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Now is the time to renew commitment: make the Rome Statute system fit-for-purpose

No Peace Without Justice, 17 Jul 2022

The year 2022 has seen – so far – the greatest expression of political will in support of accountability that we have witnessed since the adoption of the Rome Statute 24 years ago, and its entry into force just over 20 years ago. The catalyst was the illegal invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation in February 2022, and the numerous crimes committed on the territory of Ukraine since then.

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Iran: Conviction of former Iranian official over involvement in 1988 prison massacres landmark step towards justice

Amnesty International, 14 Jul 2022

Responding to today’s landmark decision of Stockholm’s District Court sentencing a former Iranian official, Hamid Nouri, to life in prison over crimes related to Iran’s 1988 prison massacres, following a trial carried out under the principle of universal jurisdiction, Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “Hamid Nouri’s conviction and sentence today in Sweden for crimes related to Iran’s 1988 prison massacres is an unprecedented step towards justice.”

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NPWJ Statement on the occasion of the Ministerial Ukraine Accountability Conference, to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, on 14 July 2022

No Peace Without Justice, 13 Jul 2022

No Peace Without Justice welcomes the initiative of the Government of the Netherlands, together with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and the European Commission, to hold a ministerial-level meeting on accountability for crimes being committed in Ukraine. This represents an important opportunity to reflect on how best to support and coordinate with various efforts towards justice for those crimes, in particular those pursued by Ukraine, in a way that maximises efficiency and effectiveness and, at the same time, prioritises the needs and interests of victims.

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