21 February 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on International Criminal Justice


ICC launches crimes against humanity inquiry into Duterte's war on drugs
by The Guardian , 21 Feb 2018

The international criminal court has launched an initial inquiry into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president, in his brutal anti-drugs crusade.

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Syrians deserve justice in all its forms
by The New Arab, 19 Feb 2018

The sight in recent weeks of Syrian delegations flying in and out of Geneva, Vienna, Astana and now Sochi to negotiate peace has fuelled speculation that a political settlement to the Syrian conflict is in sight. The real question, however, is not will the fighting stop, but will justice be achieved? For nearly seven years Syrians have suffered grotesque human rights violations, and not just from the death and destruction brought on by a conflict where all parties have enjoyed total impunity. 

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France assails Equatorial Guinea claim of immunity of Obiang's son in graft case
by Reuters, 19 Feb 2018

THE HAGUE - France asked the World Court on Monday to throw out a case launched by Equatorial Guinea, saying the African country was wrongly using the court to shield the son of its ruler from prosecution in France following a corruption investigation. The case before the United Nation’s highest court, formally known as the International Court of Justice, is seen as an important test of the limits of diplomatic immunity.

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The ICC must hold the US accountable for crimes in Afghanistan
by The Guardian, 16 Feb 2018

As dignitaries and civil society gather in The Hague this week to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Court stands poised to demonstrate its maturity as it weighs a request to investigate members of the US Central Intelligence Agency and the US armed forces for torture and other serious crimes committed in Afghanistan or in Eastern Europe in the so-called “war on terror.”

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