21 September 2022 – International Criminal Justice

21 Sep, 2022 | News Digests

Eurojust and ICC Prosecutor launch practical guidelines for documenting and preserving information on international crimes

Eurojust, 21 Sep 2022

Eurojust and the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have today published practical guidelines for civil society organisations on documenting core international crimes, such as war crimes and crimes against humanity. This will empower as well as support civil society organisations that seek to collect and preserve information to contribute to investigations and prosecutions at the national level or before the ICC.

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Reasonable Grounds to Believe “War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity” in Ethiopia’s War

AllAfrica, 20 Sep 2022

In a report highlighting its initial findings and presented to the UN Human Rights Council, the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (ICHREE) concluded that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that violations, such as extrajudicial killings, rape, sexual violence, and starvation of the civilian population as a method of warfare have been committed in Ethiopia since 3 November 2020,” and that there were “reasonable grounds to believe that, in several instances, these violations amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

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Venezuela intelligence agencies guilty of crimes against humanity – UN report

The Guardian, 20 Sep 2022

Venezuela’s intelligence agencies are committing crimes against humanity as part of a plan orchestrated at the highest level of government to repress dissent, UN experts have concluded. A team tasked with investigating alleged violations in Venezuela said it had uncovered how members of intelligence services implemented orders by President Nicolás Maduro and others in a scheme to stifle opposition.

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Shireen Abu Akleh’s family submits complaint to ICC

AlJazeera, 20 Sep 2022

The family of killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh has submitted an official complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to demand justice for her death. Abu Akleh, who was with Al Jazeera for 25 years and known as the “voice of Palestine”, was shot in the head and killed by Israeli forces on May 11 while she was covering an army raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

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Ukraine war: Grave sites prompt calls for tribunal over Russian killings

BBC, 19 Sep 2022

The European Union presidency has called for an international tribunal over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The call, from the Czech Republic which currently holds the rotating presidency of the bloc, came after the discovery of hundreds of graves in Izyum, a town recently liberated by Ukrainian troops.

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