18 Apr 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice

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Ex-Auschwitz SS guard charged in Germany
By BBC, 18 Apr 2018

German prosecutors have charged a 94-year-old former SS guard with aiding and abetting mass murder at the Nazis' Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The case against the German man - not yet named - has gone to a court in Mannheim, western Germany. He was 19 when, in December 1942-January 1943, he assisted in the murder of some 13,335 people, it is alleged. He has denied knowing that mass murder was going on. Last month, a convicted Auschwitz guard died in hospital. Nearly one million Jews were murdered at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp complex. Tens of thousands of others also died, mainly Poles.
 

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International Criminal Court (ICC) President concludes official visit to Nigeria
by EinNewsDesk, 18 Apr 2018

The President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, has concluded an official visit to Nigeria, where he met with the senior leadership of the country to discuss ways to strengthen the international criminal justice system aimed at suppressing impunity for the gravest crimes.

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Rwanda: Genocide Suspects in UK Face Fresh Investigation
By All Africa, 18 Apr 2018

Five key suspects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi currently on British soil have been placed under fresh investigations, UK Metropolitan Police has told The New Times. Eleven years ago, Rwanda issued indictments detailing the crimes the five men - all of whom held key leadership positions under the genocidal regime - allegedly committed during the Genocide but following several rounds of arrests and hearings the UK judiciary released the suspects, arguing they may not get fair trial if extradited to Rwanda. The suspects are Dr Vincent Bajinya, Célestin Ugirashebuja, Charles Munyaneza, Emmanuel Nteziryayo and Célestin Mutabaruka.
 

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A scholar’s journey to understand the needs of Pol Pot’s survivors
by the Conversation US, 17 Apr 2018

 Forty-three years ago today, the Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia. Their radical regime, led by the dictator Pol Pot,  inflicted countless atrocities and left deep wounds. Neighbors turned against one another. Families were fractured. Political cleavages deepened. An estimated 1.7 million people died. Almost everyone suffered personal trauma. Survivors are still in the long process of seeking reconciliation, or putting the pieces back together in lives and societies shattered by conflict.

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Impunity for international criminals: business as usual?
by OUPblog, 16 Apr 2018

The shocking images capturing the atrocities of armed conflicts in Syria have so shocked the world that, in March 2011, the UN General Assembly set up the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the most serious crimes under international law committed in Syria. The most serious crimes under international law are generally understood to be acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The international support for the IIIM gained traction after the reported confirmation that chem­ical weapons had been used in Syria. However, when there was some hope for achieving the all-inclusive political solution for Syria, bringing individual criminal responsibility to account seems to lose its impetus and priority in the eyes of the countries participating in the diplomatic negotiation who fear that prosecution might derail the peace process and perpetuate the ongoing situation in Syria.

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