#GlobalJustice Weekly – Colombia: Keep talking

Electoral officials count votes at a polling station after Colombia peace referendum. © BBC

The latest in Global Justice news: Civil society calls for continued negotiations to end Colombia’s decades-long conflict; ICC to hold first public hearings into war crimes reparations; former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba lays out grounds for appeal against ICC conviction; UN envoy calls for pause in fighting near Benghazi as situation worsens; Burundi expresses plans to leave ICC; UN rights chief urges security council veto limit over Syria and much more.

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Colombia: Reactions to peace/justice deal rejection


Demonstrators during a rally for peace, Bogota, Colombia, Oct. 5, 2016 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara)

Civil society is calling for continued negotiations to end Colombia’s decades-long conflict following the rejection by referendum of President Santos’ peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Justice for perpetrators of atrocities during the civil war remains one of the main sticking points in the negotiations – an issue at the center of the International Criminal Court prosecutor’s continuing preliminary examination in the country.

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Trials in absentia and international criminal justice


Roundtable discussion on trials in absentia in international criminal justice held by the International Bar Association on 8 June 2016. © IBA

A June 2016 experts’ roundtable held by the International Bar Association (IBA) explored the theoretical and legal frameworks that permit a trial to be held without the presence of the accused – a trial ‘in absentia’. The IBA has now released a report that summarizes those discussions, addressing human rights and fair trial standards relevant to trials in absentia, as well as practical and ethical issues raised by representing a client in absentia.  The report also examines issues for victims raised by trials in absentia, and raises some future considerations for such trials in international criminal justice.

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Rethinking what ICC success means at the Bemba Trial


Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo attends his trail at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. Press Association Images/Peter Dejong (Some rights reserved)

In this contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on the International Criminal Court, Valerie Arnould argues that when measuring ICC success, we need to examine the local impact and not just the international effects, taking  the trial of former Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba as a case study.

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GlobalJustice Weekly – Justice for Timbuktu destruction | States: Ratify ICC cooperation treaty


“Destroying the mausoleums aimed at breaking the soul of the people of Timbuktu,” said ICC judges as they convicted Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi in The Hague last week.

The latest in Global Justice news: Malian Islamist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi sentenced to nine years imprisonment; states invited to ratify international justice cooperation treaty; Amnesty International publishes new paper on human rights in international justice; Colombia rejects peace deal with FARC; credible evidence shows use of chemical weapons in Darfur; UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution placing Democratic Republic of Congo at center of its attention; and much more.

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