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Introducing...

The Global Justice Monitor, 2014-15. View online or download PDF.

Readers may notice some changes in this 46th edition of our flagship publication. While insightful analysis of pressing issues facing the ICC and Rome Statute system of international justice remain at its core, we hope The Global Justice Monitor has become more accessible to a wider audience through a more visual and engaging style.

This year, the Rome Statute system again faces significant challenges. Amendments to the Statute have been proposed that would give immunity to sitting heads of state and other senior government officials. The Coalition remains steadfast in its support for the key RS principle of equality for all before the law. Read more...

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  Coalition Convenor William R. Pace.

 


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CALL ON INDONESIA TO JOIN THE ICC

Indonesia has made promises to ratify the Rome Statute for a decade. Its now time for action.

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ICC INVESTIGATIONS

Lubanga: Appeals dismissed in landmark first ICC trial

The ICC’s trial first landmark trial concluded in The Hague this week with the Appeals Chamber confirming the conviction and and 14 year sentence against Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga for child solider war crimes. We bring you some reactions. Read more...

Kenyatta: Prosecutor must show trial readiness or withdraw charges | No non-cooperation finding against Kenyan government

ICC judges have rejected a prosecution request for a further adjournment of the case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Judges directed the prosecution to file a notice within one week indicating either (i) its withdrawal of the charges in this case, or (ii) that the evidentiary basis has improved to a degree which would justify proceeding to trial. The Chamber also rejected a prosecution request for a finding of non-cooperation against the Kenyan government. Read more...

Bemba: First ICC command responsibility trial concludes

Closing statements were heard this month in the ICC trial of former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba. For the first time at the Court, judges must decide if an accused is responsible as a military commander for crimes allegedly committed by troops under his  control. Read more...

The ICC mustn’t give up in Kenya

In this guest post from openGlobalRights, human rights activist Njonjo Mue discusses the challenges encountered by the ICC in Kenya and the role the Court can play in strengthening Kenyan rule of law and holding elites to account. Read more...

Ten facts about the ICC Bemba case

On 12-13 November, closing arguments were heard in the trial of Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba at the ICC in The Hague. Here are ten facts about the case. Read more...
 

‘Sovereignty’ no defense against ICC action in Sudan

In this guest post from openGlobalRights, Kamal Elgizouli counters government claims that ‘sovereignty’ is a defense against ICC action in Sudan, and that international standards, many of which Sudan itself signed, make clear a state’s treatment of its own citizens is of international concern. Read more...

ICC prosecutor reports on preliminary examinations

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has issued her Office’s annual report on preliminary examinations (PEs) – conducted to determine whether to open a full investigation. In the reporting period, one PE proceeded to an investigation, two were closed, while eight remain under examination – of which two are newly-opened. The report is in English, with relevant sections in French and Spanish. Read more...

More communication needed to maximize impact of ICC preliminary examinations

Preliminary examinations (PEs) are carried out by the ICC prosecutor to determine whether to open a full investigation. They are also designed to deter possible violence and spur national prosecutions of grave crimes. Civil society is now calling on the Court to increase communications activities around PEs to maximize their impact. Read more... 

FIGHTING IMPUNITY AROUND THE WORLD

Global civil society says NO to grave crimes against women

Civil society around the world is now calling on governments to make better use of the ICC system to advance justice for grave sexual and gender-based crimes. Read more... 


ICC member states to meet for annual session – what’s on the agenda?

Next week, civil society from across the world will join ICC member states and other stakeholders in New York for the annual session of the Court’s governing body—the Assembly of States Parties. So what’s on the agenda? Read more...

Coalition artist-in-residence to debut art projects

Bradley McCallum—the Coalition’s artist-in-residence—is presenting two concurrent exhibitions as part of the Coalition’s Arts Initiative. Read more...

The surprising impact of the Rome Statute in India

In this guest post from openGlobalRights, Usha Ramanathan describes how, despite the fact that India has not joined the ICC, the Rome Statute has proved useful in pushing for law reform that would put an end to decades of impunity for state complicity in violence. Read more...
Justice denied? The ICC’s record in the DRC
The ICC has pursued the ‘small fish’ in the DRC, letting those most responsible for the worst crimes off the hook, says Pascal Kambale in this guest post from openGlobalRights. Read more...

Palestine, the ICC and the emperor’s clothes

In this guest post from openGlobalRights, Fateh Azzam argues that while international law is often all-to-easily ignored, Palestine should join the ICC to show this law still matters. 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: 73

Kampala Amendments
Crime of Aggression: 19
Article 8: 21
 

Focus Countries 2014

November: Vietnam, Egypt
December: Indonesia

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


WHAT'S NEW?

Announcements

8-17 December: 13th Assembly of States Parties, UN headquarters, New York. See the ASP journal for list of side events involving civil society and others.

10 December, 18.00 – 20.30: Promoting Accountability for Human Rights Violations, Forging Effective and Efficient Litigation of International Atrocity Crimes, International Criminal Justice Consortium and the Netherlands event for Human Rights Day. ONE UN New York, One United Nations Plaza, New York City. RSVP

12 December, 18.00 – 19.30: Reception in honor of incoming ASP President Sidiki Kaba, hosted by the Coalition for the ICC. The German House, 871 United Nations Plaza, NY 10017. By invitation only.

13 December,
15.00 - 19.30: Coalition Arts Initiative exhibition and special ASP reception, Kinz + Tillou Fine Art gallery, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Open event

REDRESS EU Update on Serious International Crimes
In November, REDRESS published its 13th issue of its EU Update on Serious International Crimes. Topics explored in this edition include the recently adopted EU Genocide Network Strategy on fighting impunity.
 
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