International Criminal Bar

Justice has no Borders

BY ERIKA TORREGROSSA, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL BAR

The International Criminal Bar BPI-ICB-CAPI joins the rejection, denunciates and condemns the assassination of leaders in the Republic of Colombia. Crimes that are occurring despite the peace agreements between the Government and the FARC-EP.

Alarming data reported by the Ombudsman’s Office show that in 2016, 120 activists and human rights defenders were murdered, 33 have been attacked, 27 attacks of social leaders and human rights activists have been registered and 430 of them are threatened.

In the course of 2017, 24 assassinations of social leaders have been registered. They belonged to social organizations which are part of organizations of defense of human rights and work building the peace that the Colombian people is so eagerly awaiting.

These systematic attacks against social activists constitute a crime against humanity and cannot remain uncontested because in addition to cutting lives, these are frontal attacks to the rule of law and to the defense of the rights of the citizens.

- A unanimous condemnation of the murders of social leaders in the Republic of Colombia and anywhere in the world is mandatory and necessary.

- It is not possible to uphold the rule of law when human rights defenders are being threatened and killed. Threats and worse, murders, must be investigated and prosecuted with priority by the State itself, in defense of the democratic system that intends to maintain the defense of peace.

- We join the rejection and concern expressed by the social and political organizations of Colombians in emigration and exile along with other European organizations.

We urge the responsible authorities:

- To carry out a thorough, immediate and impartial investigation of these murders, with the intention of bringing to justice those responsible for these crimes.

- To provide effective protection to all social activists, enabling them to continue their legitimate and peaceful activities in defense of human rights without fear of intimidations, harassment, reprisals and loss of their own lives and to use all available legal means to end this scourge in a definitive manner, fulfilling its commitments with the Conventions of Human Rights that call for the respect and the protection of the right to life.

Barcelona, March 2, 2017

 

 

 

 

Photo: Camilo Rueda Lopez

Coalition for the International Criminal Court

Extraordinary General Assembly

The ICB wishes to inform you of the Official Announcement of the Extraordinary General Assembly to modify the Statutes that will be held in Brussels on January 25, 2018

4Th International Meeting Of Defence Offices

25 & 26 November 2016 London, United Kingdom

SUMMARY REPORT

 

Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Dear Madam, Sir,

The Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon thank you again for your participation in the Fourth International Meetings of Defence Offices which were held in London, on 25th and 26th of November 2016.

Please find attached the Summary report of the Meetings in French, English and Arabic. 

You will also find attached the questionnaire on Defence Investigations, which we thank you for completing in the language of your choice, and sending back to us, if you have not already done so. As Johann said during the Meetings,your answers will be very useful in that they will illustrate the Guide to Investigations with concrete examples from you experience.

Thank you again for your participation and we hope to see you again in Nuremberg for the Fifth Meetings in 2017.

Kind regards,