international justice

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TakeAction for July 2020: International Justice Day, July 17th

Each year, the Day of International Criminal Justice, or International Justice Day, is marked on July 17th. This year it is all the more important to promote the importance of international justice in the light of US President Donald Trump’s recent actions to target individuals working on behalf of or cooperating with investigations of U.S. […]

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

Ben Ferencz, a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, longtime proponent and supporter of the International Criminal Court, and co-author with Ken Keyes, Jr of the book PlanetHood: The Key to Your Future turned 100 earlier this month. A recent documentary, Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz, is described as “a fascinating portrait of Ben Ferencz, […]

Update on this month’s TakeAction on Canada and the International Criminal Court investigation in Afghanistan

Earlier this month, our TakeAction email discussed the ongoing investigation into the situation in Afghanistan by the International Criminal Court and it’s relationship to Canada. In response to the virulent reaction to the Court’s investigation by the US, the president of the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC, O-Gon Kwon, released a brief but strong statement that said, […]

TakeAction for March 2020: Canada and the ICC investigation in Afghanistan

At the beginning of March, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court unanimously authorized the Prosecutor to begin an investigation into the situation in AfghanistanThe investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity is related to the armed conflict within Afghanistan since May 2003, as well as crimes that, though related to that conflict, […]

International Criminal Court Updates (February 2020)

AfghanistanOn March 5th, the ICC’s Appeals Chamber will deliver the judgment in the appeal of the Prosecutor against a Pre-Trial Chamber’s unanimous rejection of the Prosecutor’s request to proceed with an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Afghanistan since 2003. The hearing will be livestreamed on the ICC website, where further details about the preliminary examination into […]

WFMC News for January 2020: International Court of Justice ruling on the Rohingya crisis

On Thursday, January 23rd, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued their ruling on the case submitted to them in November by the Gambia against the government of Myanmar for failing in its obligation to prevent and punish the perpetration of the crime of genocide against the Rohingya people.The ICJ unanimously ordered Myanmar to “take all measures […]

70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

pdf available by René Wadlow August 12, 2019 marked the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Conventions. The 1949 Geneva Conventions, and the 1977 Protocols Additional are central instruments of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Today, many WFM program priorities are dedicated to building on and strengthening IHL, with the intention that the rule of […]

TakeAction for November 2019: Building international justice

Building international justice: Ahead of next month’s meeting of the Assembly of States Parties, ask the Canadian government to continue and increase their support of the International Criminal Court The 18th session of the annual meeting of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute will be held December 2nd to 7th in […]

Challenging times for the International Criminal Court

pdf available by Yasmina Gourchane The International Criminal Court (ICC) has faced a number of challenges of late: threats from officials of the United States government; questionable judicial decisions; imminent changes to its leadership. Coming off a year of 20th anniversary celebrations and commemorations in 2018, supporters of the Court have more recently been looking […]

ICC Update

pdf available The International Criminal Court is currently engaged in ten preliminary examinations, has eleven situations under investigation, and is pursuing 26 cases that involve 42 defendants. Preliminary examinations are currently being conducted in Afghanistan, Bangladesh/Myanmar, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Following the preliminary examination, the request to open an […]

TakeAction: Building international justice

July 17th, the World Day for International Justice, marks the 21st anniversary of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has recently been faced with  a number of challenges, including threats from the United States government, questions surrounding some decisions, and the ongoing issue of the […]

The ICC comes under attack – again

pdf available by Yasmina Gourchane On 10 September 2018, US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaking at a meeting of the right-wing Federalist Society in Washington DC, publicly denounced the International Criminal Court. He called it a creation of “self-styled global governance advocates,” and went on to announce that “the United States will use any […]

Making Effective Use of Existing Legal Obligations in the Face of Atrocity Crimes

pdf available based on Remarks Delivered in the UN Trusteeship Council by Professor Jennifer Trahan, New York University, October 22, 2018 As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Genocide Convention, the international community has not done well in ensuring that “never again” means “never again.” There are three current challenges to addressing […]

Meeting of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, December 5-12 2018

Each year, WFMC partners with officials at Global Affairs Canada to organize a meeting among Canadian civil society representatives and members of the Canadian delegation to the ASP. The meeting was held earlier in November ahead of the 17th session of the annual meeting of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute […]

TakeAction for November 2018: The International Criminal Court needs Canada’s support

The 17th session of the annual meeting of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute will be held December 5 – 12, 2018 in The Hague. The provisional work plan and background documentation is available on the website of the ASP. Ahead of the ASP meeting, WFMC has once again partnered with officials […]

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