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A step towards impunity: AU approves immunity for those in power

Opening of the 23rd AU summit in Equatorial Guinea, 26 June. © Reuters

Civil society has decried last month's African Union vote to give sitting heads of state and senior government officials immunity from prosecution for grave crimes under a proposed expansion of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights as a step towards impunity.

The draft protocol giving the regional court jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide - along with a range of transnational crimes - must be ratified by 15 AU member states before it could take effect. Read more...

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Call on Ukraine's new leaders to end impunity by joining the ICC

Ukraine became the latest ICC preliminary examination after it used a special mechanism to accept the Court’s jurisdiction over alleged grave crimes during the Maidan protests.

The new government should now commit to ending impunity by becoming a full ICC member.

Sign our petition or send a tweet calling on President Petro Poroshenko to ratify the ICC Rome Statute now!

Learn more about our call on Ukraine to join the ICC on our #GlobalJustice blog.





ICC INVESTIGATIONS

Victims disappointed as prosecution and defense drop Katanga appeals

Both the prosecution and defense have withdrawn their appeals of the conviction of Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga. The prosecutor’s decision has been met with disappointment by lawyer’s representing victims in the case. Read more...
 

At UN Security Council, Bensouda urges action on Darfur

In her latest briefing to the UN Security Council, the ICC prosecutor has criticized the Council for failing to end the violence in the western region of Sudan and urged it to take concrete steps to bring those responsible for grave crimes in Darfur to justice. Read more... 
Gbagbo ICC trial a step forward in fight against impunity in Côte d’Ivoire

ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I has found that evidence presented by the prosecution established substantial grounds to believe Laurent Gbagbo is responsible for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during violence that erupted following Côte d’Ivoire’s disputed 2010 presidential election. Read more...

 

Judges send former DRC militia leader Bosco Ntaganda to trial

ICC judges have decided that there were substantial grounds to believe that former Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda had committed 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo from 2002-2003 and sent his case to trial. Read more...

Ruto and Sang trial postponed to 16 June

In a May ruling, ICC Trial Chamber V (a) adjourned the trial of William Ruto and Joshua Sang until 16 June 2014. That trial session will continue through 16 July. Judges also excused Ruto from attending the first two days of the session. Read more...


Former LRA commander seeks amnesty ruling at the ACPHR

After years of domestic legal wrangling, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACPHR) has decided to hear the case of Thomas Kwoyelo, a former member of the Lord’s Resistance Army seeking to be released from prison under Uganda’s Amnesty Act. Read More...

 

FIGHTING IMPUNITY AROUND THE WORLD

Immunity for heads of state and government leaders at the ICC?

Should leaders be immune from prosecution for atrocities committed under their watch? We definitely don’t think so—but that’s what the Kenyan government is proposing should happen at the ICC. Unfortunately, other African leaders and AU bodies are supporting Kenya’s proposal. Read more...


New law shows Sweden’s support for global justice

Sweden just got tougher on grave crimes. A new law on criminal responsibility for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes has entered into force, making widespread or systematic attacks against civilians crimes against humanity. Read more...

What next after the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict?

In London in early June, the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict brought the scourge of wartime rape into the public eye in way not seen before. While considered a success by most, the burning question now is: what next? Read more...
 

Interview with Mama Koite Doumbia, president of the Malian Coalition for the ICC

Mama Koite Doumbia discusses the situation in Mali and the work of the Malian Coalition. Read more...

Justice for atrocities a priority for experts at Human Rights Council

On the sidelines of the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, international justice experts and diplomats met to discuss the place that justice and accountability for atrocities should have on the human rights agenda of the Council. Read more...

What’s the experience of ICC witnesses? Human Rights Center survey shows widespread satisfaction

In a guest post, Stephen Smith Cody, director of the Atrocity Response Program at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law’s Human Rights Center, discusses the results and implications of a first-of-its-kind survey of 109 ICC witnesses. Read more...

Greater consistency and predictability needed for victim participation at ICC

With differing approaches having developed in the various ICC cases, civil society is calling for greater consistency and predictability to ensure that victims’ right to participate in courtroom proceedings is both effective and meaningful. Read more...

Civil society travels to The Hague for annual ICC-NGO dialogue

Last month, civil society representatives from around the world traveled to The Hague for an annual roundtable meeting with the ICC. The discussions are a crucial opportunity for dialogue with various Court organs and officials on their work and the common goal of ending impunity through the Rome Statute system. Read more...

Latin American states use Security Council seats to show strong support for the ICC

In recent years, Latin American states in particular have used the UN Security Council as a platform to speak strongly in support of international justice and the ICC. Read more...


Armenia commits to ensuring justice for victims by joining ICC

In response to the Coalition’s Campaign for Global Justice, the Armenian government has committed to taking the necessary steps to become a member of the ICC. Read more...

Don't forget you can catch up international justice news with our #GlobalJustice Weekly round-up on our blog.


Campaign for Global Justice

Ratifications/Accessions

Rome Statute: 122
Agreement on Privileges and Immunities: 72

Kampala Amendments
Crime of Aggression: 14
Article 8: 17
 

Focus Countries 2014

June: Haiti
July: Ukraine
August: The Philippines

*Each month we call on different countries to join the ICC as part of our Campaign for Global Justice.


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