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Day of International Criminal Justice

From the ICB we join the campaign of July 17 that commemorates the Day of International Criminal Justice.

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En la revista Dones, la periodista Esther Escolán, entrevisto a nuestra compañera, Erika Torregrossa miembro del BPI-ICB CAPI, en su número especial “Dret i Poder judicial amb mirada de gènere”.

L’advocada, jurista i professora de Criminologia, Erika Torregrossa és, per sobre de tot, una persona compromesa socialment a qui les desigualtats, la vulneració dels drets humans i la manca real d’oportunitats l’indignen, i molt. S’ha fet un lloc propi a la Direcció General de Serveis Penitenciaris, on actualment només dues dones es troben al capdavant de la classificació dels interns, i cada cop apunta més alt a la vida social i política de la ciutat comtal.

La entrevista completa la podéis encontrar en la página 43 en este link:  

http://www.adpc.cat/new_site/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Rev_DONES_45.pdf

El día 11 de julio se cumplieron 20 de años de la cruel y aun impune masacre sucedida en Srebrenica, Bosnia y Herzegovina.

En Barcelona, entre otros muchos actos de apoyo a las víctimas, se celebró una mesa redonda donde participo la Abogada Eulàlia Pascual, miembro del CAPI.

En dicha conferencia se debatió sobre el porqué de los hechos, porqué no han sido juzgados aun los responsables, y la repercusión que tuvo el ataque en la sociedad actual.

Nuestra compañera Eulàlia, hizo hincapié, en la idea de que la agresión sexual puede y debe considerarse una forma de genocidio.

Washington, District of Columbia

USA

17 July 2015


Elise Groulx

Founding President International Criminal Bar

 

To all my wonderful colleagues who are dedicated to the ideal and development of the international justice system, let me say a very special “thank you” and offer my warm wishes on the Day of International Justice.  I want to extend a particular

thank you to Luis and Laura and their whole team. Their relentless efforts have kept the ICB going for many years now in spite of numerous challenges.

The International Criminal Bar (ICB) was created in Montreal on June 15 2002 so it is now 13 years old.  The ICB is entering into its years of adolescence and turbulence. Let us all resolve together to make them years of growth leading to institutional maturity.

Our world is living through difficult days at the moment.  In these conditions, the dream of a fully functional, universal, effective and fair international justice system often seems like it is fading away. But we need to keep our shared dream alive and strengthen out belief in the ideal of a better world animated by justice for all, with equality of arms and also access to justice in a fair and effective international legal system.

In the last few years, my professional path has diverged somewhat from my past work on the International Criminal Court. But my passion for justice remains strong, inspiring me to continue on the path of change.  I am now involved in the very fast growing field of “business and human rights,” which connects with international criminal law and international justice in more than one way.

Business and human tights is a movement to ensure responsible business conduct and the respect and promotion of human rights everywhere in the world, in every economic activity and for all concerned parties:  workers, miners, local communities and small farm owners, men, women and children, in full equality and with the full protection of international human rights law.

The newest development in this field is the establishment of an intergovernmental working group by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva to set up a treaty process that got started on July 6 of this year. This reminds me – very clearly – of the first days of the preparatory commissions at the UN in New York in the mid-nineties that led to the signature of the treaty creating the International criminal court on July 17 1998 in Rome and the fever of civil society, with thousands of NGOs working relentlessly for years, side by side with States Parties to see the creation of the International Criminal Court.  It was described at the time as an impossible dream – after 40 years of Cold War – but it was nevertheless achieved through determined common effort.

In fact, it was achieved in a record time and this institution represent real progress in the enterprise of building a human and institutional arsenal to combat impunity and promote international standards of Justice.

Let us celebrate and continue to devote all our efforts to the emergence of a better world, with better sharing of resources and wealth and also sustainability of development to ensure that our planet survives its plagues and continues to thrive for generations to come.

And let me conclude, on a personal note, by offering my very best wishes to the two recently elected Co-Presidents of the ICB, David Lévy and Roxanne Helme. 

Long Live the ICB!   

Samuel Guerrero miembro del CAPI y presidente de la Asociación pro Derechos Humanos y Observatorio Criminal asistió a uno de los cursos de verano que imparte la Universidad Complutense desde hace mas de 25 años.

The past 13 July 2015, the new judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Raul Cano Pangalangan (Philippines) was sworn in at a ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague (Netherlands). He was elected on 24 June 2015 to fill a judicial vacancy during the resumed thirteenth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute in The Hague (Netherlands). His term of office will end on 10 March 2021.

An international judge announced his resignation from the U.N.-backed war crimes trials in Cambodia on Tuesday, the fourth to quit so far and another blow for the troubled tribunal probing the atrocities of the 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.

Mark Harmon, from the United States, said in a statement his reasons for stepping down after three years in Phnom Penh were "strictly personal" and "with considerable regret". He did not elaborate.

Several of Harmon's predecessors at the hybrid United Nations-Cambodian court have alleged political interference and a lack of cooperation by Cambodia's government, which contains remnants of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge soldier, has warned more trials could cause anarchy and a return to civil war. He has promised to thwart new indictments and once said he would be happy if the U.N. packed up and left.

The decade-old tribunal has so far delivered verdicts involving three high-profile leaders from the 1975-1979 "killing fields" era. Attempts to pursue more cases have been met by strong government resistance.

Cambodian police have refused to act on an arrest warrant Harmon has issued for Meas Muth, a former navy chief alleged to have sent detainees to a torture center where some 14,000 people died.

Court spokesman Lars Olsen said Harmon's resignation was unrelated to any development in cases he was working on. Harmon would continue his role until his replacement was sworn in.

The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”) opened its resumed thirteenth session at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands which will last from 24 to 25 June 2015.

Today, 27 May 2015, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) delivered its judgment by which it rejected the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire's appeal and confirmed the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I's decision of 11 December 2014, which declared the case against Simone Gbagbo admissible before the Court.

An international judge announced his resignation from the U.N.-backed war crimes trials in Cambodia on Tuesday, the fourth to quit so far and another blow for the troubled tribunal probing the atrocities of the 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.

Mark Harmon, from the United States, said in a statement his reasons for stepping down after three years in Phnom Penh were "strictly personal" and "with considerable regret". He did not elaborate.

Several of Harmon's predecessors at the hybrid United Nations-Cambodian court have alleged political interference and a lack of cooperation by Cambodia's government, which contains remnants of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge soldier, has warned more trials could cause anarchy and a return to civil war. He has promised to thwart new indictments and once said he would be happy if the U.N. packed up and left.

The decade-old tribunal has so far delivered verdicts involving three high-profile leaders from the 1975-1979 "killing fields" era. Attempts to pursue more cases have been met by strong government resistance.

Cambodian police have refused to act on an arrest warrant Harmon has issued for Meas Muth, a former navy chief alleged to have sent detainees to a torture center where some 14,000 people died.

Court spokesman Lars Olsen said Harmon's resignation was unrelated to any development in cases he was working on. Harmon would continue his role until his replacement was sworn in.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up jointly by the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations. It is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law committed in the territory of Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996.

Thirteen indictments were issued by the Prosecutor in 2003. Two of those indictments were subsequently withdrawn in December 2003 due to the deaths of the accused.

The trials of three former leaders of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), of two members of the Civil Defence Forces (CDF) and of three former leaders of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) have been completed, including appeals. The trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor is in the Defence phase at The Hague.

The Appeals Chamber issued its Judgement in the Popović et al. case, concerning five senior Bosnian Serbian military officials for crimes perpetrated by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995, following the takeover of the protected areas of Srebrenica and Žepa.

The final convictions for the five Appellants stand as follows.

The Tribunal’s Registrar John Hocking and the General Director of the Custodial Institutions Agency of The Netherlands, Peter Hennephof, today signed an extension of the Agreement on Detention Facilities and Services between the United Nations and the State of The Netherlands.

Through this Agreement, The Netherlands will continue to provide the Tribunal with the detention facilities and services necessary to house all persons detained on the authority of the Tribunal and The Hague branch of the Mechanism.

The Agreement is effective from 1 January to 31 December 2015 and allows for a further extension until the end of 2017. It covers important matters such as the provision of medical services to Tribunal detainees, the management and maintenance of the United Nations Detention Unit (UNDU) and the costs of detention. The Agreement is vital in allowing the Tribunal to fulfil its mandate as it ensures that the conditions in which the detainees are housed meet the highest international standards.

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