In Global Justice news last week: Calls for accountability for alleged Israeli and Palestinian crimes during 2014 Gaza conflict; prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes gaining momentum; ICC to deliver sentence in the case against Jean Pierre Bemba tomorrow 21 June; and much more. Click through to read a summary of this weeks news.
Calls for accountability in Israel and Palestine
Reports emerged last week that the Israeli army decided not to prosecute an officer suspected of ordering the alleged shelling of a clinic during the July 2014 Gaza conflict. The news follows a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report calling on the ICC prosecutor to launch a formal probe into serious international crimes allegedly committed by both Israeli and Palestinian forces during the 2014 conflict.
“After nearly a half century of impunity, it’s time that those responsible for some of the gravest crimes, whether against Palestinians or Israelis, pay the price,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East director.
Meanwhile, Khalida Jarrar—recently released by Israel after a 15-month detention related in part to her involvement in Palestine’s Supreme National Committee for Coordination with the ICC—noted a lack of initiative by the Palestinian government to follow-up on its move to accept the Court’s jurisdiction at the end of 2014.
With an increasing number of attacks and threats against civil society promoting accountability for the Israel/Palestine conflict through the ICC system of international justice, last week also saw the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council call on the UN to do more to protect human rights defenders in the region and internationally.
With the prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes gaining momentum, this year’s International Criminal Court Forum focuses on the ICC prosecutor’s mission to end impunity for sexual violence as crimes against humanity, war crimes and means of genocide.
International Criminal Court investigations
Uganda: UN envoy reports increased attacks and higher abduction of children by Lords Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen, who is to face trial this December at the ICC.
Darfur, Sudan: Concerns raised by BashirWatch Coalition over Angola welcoming the visit of ICC suspect Omar al-Bashir.
ICC preliminary examinations
Burundi: UN experts report significant drop in number of executions but stress serious alleged human rights concerns with no signs of progress.
Ukraine: New report in Norwegian Helsinki Committee addresses investigation of cross-border attacks in Eastern Ukraine
Campaign for Global Justice
UNHRC calls on governments to act on World Refugee Day.
Former UN chief Kofi Annan says Africans entitled to ICC justice.
Iceland ratifies Kampala amendment on crime of aggression.
OSCE human rights director urges sexual violence to be at the center of conflict-resolution efforts.
Practical steps needed to end impunity for rape as a weapon of war, said EU commissioners on first international day against the elimination of sexual violence in conflict.
Around the world
Council of the European Union extends mandate and approves EUR 63.6 million budget for EULEX Kosovo.
Victims of Yazidi genocide in Syria and Iraq to be represented by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
UN team cites progress in investigation on nine chemical weapon attacks in Syria.
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