#GlobalJustice Weekly — ICC independence under threat at annual assembly

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In Global Justice news this week: Civil society warns against political interference with ICC independence; New reports on crimes against humanity and unfair trials in Libya; Palestinian NGO’s submission to the ICC; El Salvador set to become 124th ICC member state and much more.

ICC independence under threat at annual assembly

Civil society warned against political interference with the Court’s independence during the 14th session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) that closed last week.

Kenya called on the Assembly to affirm Rule 68 of the Court on recanted witness testimonies cannot be applied retroactively. This matter is pending before the ICC Appeals Chamber in the case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto for alleged crimes against humanity committed during the 2011 post electoral violence in Kenya.

“The political campaign that we have witnessed to influence the ongoing trial of Kenya’s deputy president is deeply worrying for the ICC’s ability to deliver fair and independent justice, and sets a dangerous precedentsaid William R. Pace, convenor of the Coalition for the ICC.

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Kenya: Civil society insists ASP developments on the non-retroactivity of Rule 68 do not have an impact on the decision ICC judges will take on that matter in the case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.

Libya: New reports warn against arbitrary detentions that may constitute a crime against humanity as well as the unfair trial in Libya of ICC suspect Saif Qaddafi along with 37 other persons.

Mali: The UN Security Council said the killing of two peacekeepers in northeast Mali could amount to a war crime.

Côte d’Ivoire: Four years after the ICC intervened in Côte d’Ivoire, what has been theimpact of Court in the country?

ICC preliminary investigations
Palestine: Four Palestinian NGOs delivered a submission to the ICC on alleged Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 2014 conflict in Gaza.

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El Salvador is set to become ICC’s 124th member state after the Legislative Assemblyadopted the ratification of the Rome Statute — the Court’s founding treaty.

Namibia’s Cabinet considers ICC withdrawal.

What else?
The Saudi led Coalition failed to investigate allegedly unlawful airstrikes in Yemen, says rights group.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda pledges to bring perpetrators of sexual and gender base crimes before the ICC. Want to know more on sexual violence? See our 12 resources on sexual and gender base crimes.

Sri Lankan government committed to launch special court for civil war crimes early 2016.

On the margins of the 14th ASP, the ICC inaugurated new Africa Group on Justice and Accountability, consisting of senior African experts on international criminal law and human rights.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda reflects on critical issues, including sexual and gender based crimes, in a new interview.

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