Six global challenges the ICC can tackle

Environmental destruction and land grabbing are on the ICC's radar. © UN.Deforestation in Borneo and Sumatra.
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Six global challenges the ICC can tackle

The world is facing unprecedented problems that must be met with increased international cooperation and solidarity. 

That's why we've put together this list of global challenges that the International Criminal Court system can tackle.

Read more on how the ICC can tackle these challenges.

 

ICC investigations

CAR II: Populations in the Central African Republic remain at risk from armed groups as a recent escalation in violence led to hundreds of civilians being killed and tens of thousands fleeing.

Darfur, Sudan: Egypt has denied Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir's accusations that it supported rebels at war with Khartoum, ahead of an anticipated meeting between the two states. 

DRC: As the defense case of former Congolese leader Bosco Ntaganda, on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity, opens at the ICC, lawyers of Germain Katanga's victims are appealing for a larger number to be offered reparations.

Uganda: The decision to withdraw troops from the search for LRA leader Joseph Kony has led some women in CAR to consider abandoning their homes for fear the rebel group returns, while Kony's former abducted doctor has made it his personal mission to find the rebel leader.

 

ICC preliminary examinations

Afghanistan:  At least 80 people were killed after a suspected truck bomb blasted Kabul's diplomatic district in what Amnesty International described as "a horrific act of violence" against civilians.

Colombia: Calls have intensified for the ICC to investigate the complicity of Chiquita’s executives in crimes against humanity for financing a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group.

Nigeria: Tensions were high on Tuesday on the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Biafra War, with many fearing a heavy-handed security response to pro-Biafra demonstrations which last year saw at least 60 people killed.

 

Campaign for Global Justice

The ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda was honored at the recent launch of Ghana's African Centre of International Criminal Justice (ACICJ), where a Supreme Court judge deplored the persistent politicisation of the Court as distracting from its genuine purpose.

The past of a Guatemalan man wanted on atrocity crime charges for his role in the 1982 Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala, caught up with him last week after it was discovered that he had falsified US citizenship papers.

The UN cultural chief has stated that peacebuilding and the protection of cultural heritage must go hand in hand in order to counter violent extremism in the Middle East.

Between 15 and 20 South Sudanese government soldiers are to stand trial in a military court on sexual and gender-based crime charges against around five foreign aid workers reportedly committed during a July 2016 attack on a hotel in Juba.

The new prosecutor of the Special Criminal Court for the Central African Republic, established to judge serious human rights violations committed in CAR from 2003, has arrived in Bangui to assume office.

 

Around the world

Amnesty International has accused the Cambodian government of using its criminal justice system to fabricate charges against — and silence — human rights defenders and political activists.

The UN will be investigating allegations of killings, rape and torture of Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar security forces, as threats to security throughout the Rakhine region rise.

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte's recent declaration of martial law on Mindanao island has led Human Rights Watch to express concern that abuses in the country will now escalate.

The European Union has extended sanctions against the Syrian regime for another year as the repression of civilians continues.

The new Hague-based specialist court to try Kosovo wartime fighters is facing further delays after it was ruled that several of its procedural rules are not in line with Kosovo constitution.

 

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