Last Friday 26th June our copresident Mr David Lévy et le secrétaire general Mr Philippe Currat were received in The Hague by the new president of the International Criminal Court, the judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, the prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and by the secretary Herman von Hebel.
It was a very productive meeting for the interests of the ICB.
Next week, you’ll be able to find in the website of the ICB, ‘personal area’ space, a little report of the diverse meetings that were held in The Hague.
The International Criminal Bar Association - International Criminal Barreau Colegio de Abogados Penal Internacional
Before the recent murder in Colombia of lawyer Maria Eugenia Hidalgo Tovar, Colombian and Spanish nationality who worked until 2014 as a consultant at the Consulate of Colombia,
THE BPI-ICB manifest:
- His public condemnation of the murder of lawyer Maria Eugenia Hidalgo Tovar, with Colombian and Spanish nationality, member to the Bar of Barcelona, and requests the Government of the Country to conduct a thorough, immediate and impartial investigation into this killing with the intention of bringing to justice those who are responsible for this crime.
Professor Jean-Pierre Fofe Djofia Malewa has written and published a book, "THE PRACTICE OF CRIMINAL TRIAL COURT INTERNATIONAL BELGIAN - RULES OF PROCEDURE.
We recommend reading course, and Mr Fofe will find this link in case you want to contact him.
Recibirá uno de los premios “Valor” este jueves.
El Consejo de la Abogacía Catalana concederá el próximo jueves 4 de junio los II Premios “Valor” 2015. Unos galardones que distinguen a las personas y o entidades destacadas por defender los Derecho Humanos, y que con su labor, desde diferentes ámbitos profesionales , han contribuido a luchar contra las injusticias. Entre los premiados, está el miembro del BPI-ICB CAPI, pionero de la justicia universal.
Se trata de la segunda edición de los Premios “Valor” del Consejo de la Abogacía Catalana, que representa a los catorce colegios de Abogados Catalanes.
Nacido en Barcelona en el año 1966, el abogado Jordi Palou-Loverdos tiene una larga trayectoria en la defensa de los derechos humanos. Ha hecho de mediador en distintos conflictos nacionales e internacionales y lleva más de 15 años acompañando a personas en procesos de justicia universal. Es uno de los 300 abogados acreditados delante de la Corte Penal Internacional de La Haya. Se unió al BPI-ICB CAPI en el año 2003, siendo un miembro activo en todos los sentidos, el año 2001 asumió la representación legal de las victimas españolas, ruandesas y congoleñas.
Su intervención consiguió que un juez dictara 40 órdenes de arresto internacional contra los presuntos asesinos de los ciudadanos españoles y ruandeses.
Fue un hecho histórico que ha sentado precedente en la justicia internacional , ya que fue la primera vez un juez de un tribunal nacional pedía el arresto de miembros de un gobierno en activo de otro país.
Barcelona, June 4. The Catalan Ombudsman, Rafael Ribó, has proposed to the Parliament the appointment of the President of the Human Rights Institute of Catalonia, and member of BPI-ICB, Jaume Saura, as the new General Secretary of the institution to replace Jordi Sánchez, new President of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC).
Mr. Saura it's an accredited international law professor, Jaume Saura has been linked to the Ombudsman since 2010 as a member of the Task Force and coordinator of the Advisory (currently, Catalan Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture) Council of the old Catalan Authority for the Prevention of Torture.
Saura is the author of numerous publications relating to human rights and has participated as an international observer in several elections.
As deputy general shall attend Ribo in the exercise of his office and assume the functions delegated to it, including those relating to the governance of the institution.
As reported by the Ombudsman, Saura will join the office as soon as the Commission of the Catalan Parliament ratified the appointment, as required by law.
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.
Netherlands Rejected Asylum Claim Over Safety Fears
(Kinshasa) Mathieu Ngudjolo, the first defendant to be acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), was deported to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on May 11, 2015, his lawyers said. Following his acquittal by the ICC, Ngudjolo said he feared for his safety if returned to Congo. However, Netherlands immigration authorities did not find grounds to grant his asylum claim.
“We and others will be looking to the Congolese authorities to ensure Mathieu Ngudjolo’s safety and security once he is back in Congo,” said Géraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, international justice advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “The ICC, which has an office in Kinshasa, and the Dutch embassy should closely monitor Ngudjolo’s situation for as long as necessary.”
Ngudjolo was the former chief of staff of the Front for National Integration (FNI), an armed group involved in the local and regional conflict that ravaged the Ituri province of eastern Congo in the early 2000s. He was arrested in Kinshasa by the Congolese authorities in 2008 pursuant to an ICC arrest warrant on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the village of Bogoro, Ituri, in February 2003. The ICC trial chamber acquitted Ngudjolo of all charges in December 2012. The acquittal was confirmed in appeal on February 27, 2015.
Ngujdolo has filed for compensation at the ICC following his acquittal.
The international criminal court finds in serious problems with his treasury. And since this establishment was founded more than 15 years, created to report and resolve conflicts that once went unpunished to their respective countries or representatives, it has not been supported properly.
The ICC makes an essential work to safeguard the rights of the most vulnerable people, and obviously, from the BPI-ICB, our association, that we maintain a direct and constant relationship with the Court and with his members, we consider that they must continue their work and we must support them. The associations linked to the Court, and the countries that acceded to it by the Rome Statute we have no excuse to support them.
Deprive of this right, that has been so beneficial to the interests of the victims would be a mistake.
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.