14 February 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on international criminal justice


Haul Myanmar’s military leaders before the international criminal court
by The Guardian, 13 Feb 2018

At the weekend Boris Johnson visited Myanmar and Bangladesh, and saw for himself some of the devastated and burned-out villages where the Rohingya people used to live. The foreign secretary also met with the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Yet nearly six months on from the outbreak of the horrific violence that led to the Rohingya refugee crisis, what action has the British government taken against the head of the Burmese army, General Min Aung Hlaing?

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International Criminal Court to investigate Shiites Massacre in Nigeria
by AhlulBayt News Agency, 12 Feb 2018

The International Criminal Court is moving gradually towards prosecution of Nigerian officials involved in the December 2015 massacre of members of Islamic Movements of Nigeria.The office of the prosecutor at the war crimes tribunal reached its preliminary conclusion into the killings in December 2017, submitted its findings to the Nigerian government and demanded explanations about the incident.

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Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, on the International Day against the use of Child Soldiers
by the International Criminal Court News Desk, 12 Feb 2018

On the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, we are once again reminded that, sadly, millions of children around the world continue to suffer in war and conflict. Large numbers of children are killed, maimed, orphaned or subjected to unspeakable abuses. Often, the entire fabric of their societies – their homes, schools, healthcare systems or religious institutions – is disrupted with serious consequences for their future.

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International Criminal Court to probe Duterte drug war deaths in Philippines
By Washington Post , 08 Feb 2018

 BEIJING — The International Criminal Court announced Thursday it is opening a probe into deaths linked to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs,” a move that eventually could lead to charges of crimes against humanity. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she is opening a preliminary examination into the high number of killings since Duterte took office in the summer of 2016. Her statement confirmed an earlier announcement from Duterte’s spokesman, Harry Roque, who broke the news ahead of the court. 

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