Ukraine accepts ICC jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed between 21 November 2013 and 22 February 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:41

The 17th April 2014, the Registrar of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Herman von Hebel, received a declaration lodged by Ukraine accepting the ICC's jurisdiction with respect to alleged crimes committed in its territory from 21 November 2013 to 22 February 2014. The declaration was lodged under article 12(3) of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC, which enables a State not party to the Statute to accept the exercise of jurisdiction of the Court.
The Registrar informed the Ukrainian Government of the effects of the declaration in accordance with the ICC's legal framework, namely that the ICC now has jurisdiction over possible crimes that might have been committed in the context of the above-mentioned situation and that the provisions of Part 9 of the Statute relating to international cooperation and judicial assistance apply. The declaration has been transmitted to the ICC's Office of the Prosecutor for further consideration.
The acceptance of the ICC's jurisdiction does not automatically trigger an investigation. It is for the ICC Prosecutor to decide whether or not to request the judges' authorisation to open an investigation, if the Prosecutor considers that the information available to her establishes the existence of a reasonable basis to open an investigation. If an investigation is opened, it will also be for the ICC Prosecutor to decide, on the basis of the evidence collected, whether to ask the ICC judges to issue arrest warrants or summonses to appear for persons charged with the commission of crimes falling under the ICC's jurisdiction.
Background: The ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries individuals accused of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, namely the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. The ICC is based on a treaty, the Rome Statute, joined by 122 countries. A State may decide to ratify the Rome Statute but may also make a declaration under article 12-3 of the Statute declaring its acceptance of the Court's jurisdiction. The UN Security Council may also refer a situation in relation to any Member State of the United Nations.

STL Appoints New Investigator to Deal with Contempt Charges PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 10:58

The Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Daryl Mundis, has appointed Mr Kenneth Scott as the new amicus curiae to deal with the contempt charges currently before the STL.
Mr Scott, a Harvard graduate, has extensive experience in international law, having served as Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for over ten years.
Mr Scott replaces the previous amicus curiae assigned to investigate the 29 April allegations of contempt, Mr Stéphane Bourgon. Mr Bourgon has returned to Montréal Canada before the end of his assignment as amicus curiae after having been appointed as Crown Prosecutor working on organised crime trials.
The core staff of the amicus curiae team will continue to work for the new amicus.

Lubanga case: Appeals hearings postponed; new dates to be announced shortly PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:39

The hearings initially scheduled by the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for 14 and 15 April 2014 in the case The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo are postponed for logistical reasons. The Appeals Chamber will issue an order rescheduling the hearing shortly.
On 21 March 2014, the Appeals Chamber scheduled a hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo to be held on 14 and 15 April 2014 in order to allow the parties and participants to orally address the Appeals Chamber on different relevant issues arising in the appeals. At the hearing, the Judges would also hear the testimony of two additional witnesses, witnesses D-0040 and D-0041, as requested by the Defense.
The hearing will be a public hearing held in the presence of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, his Defence Counsel, the Prosecution and the Legal Representatives of the Victims. Mr Lubanga Dyilo may address the Appeals Chamber at the closure of the hearing. An order setting out a precise timetable for the hearing will be issued shortly.
The Trial Chamber rendered the conviction decision in the Lubanga case on 14 March 2012. It was subsequently appealed by the Defence. The decision sentencing Mr Lubanga to 14 years imprisonment was rendered on 10 July 2012 and subsequently appealed by the Defence and the Office of the Prosecutor.  Following the two-day hearing, the Judges will make their decision on the appeals in due course.
Background: Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, founder of the Union des patriotes congolais [Union of Congolese Patriots] (UPC) and the Force patriotique pour la libération du Congo [Patriotic Force for the Liberation of Congo] (FPLC), former Commander-in-Chief of the FPLC and president of the UPC, was found guilty on 14 March 2012 by Trial Chamber I, as co-perpetrator, of committing the war crimes of the enlistment and conscription of children under the age of 15 into the FPLC and using them to participate actively in hostilities between September 2002 and August 2003. On 10 July 2012, he was sentenced to a total period of 14 years of imprisonment. On 7 August 2012, Trial Chamber I issued a decision on the principles to be applied for reparations to victims in the case. All three decisions are currently subject to appeals. Mr Lubanga Dyilo remains in the Court's custody.

Statement by the International Criminal Court on the passing of Arthur Robinson PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:17

The International Criminal Court (ICC) joins with the people of Trinidad and Tobago in mourning the passing of Arthur Robinson, former Prime Minister and later President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He played a critical role in the establishment of the ICC.
“It is with great sorrow that I learnt of the passing of former President Robinson. He will be remembered by many as the ‘grandfather’ of the International Criminal Court”, said ICC President Sang-Hyun Song. In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in 1989, Mr Robinson revived the idea of establishing a Court with jurisdiction over international crimes, triggering the process that eventually led to the adoption of the Rome Statute, the Court’s founding treaty. Over the years that followed, he supported the efforts of the international community and civil society to bring the Court into existence through the  negotiation, adoption and entry into force of the Rome Statute.
In 2006, former President Robinson was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims, which offers reparations for victims of crimes before the ICC. In recent years, he was active in campaigning for continued support for the Court, particularly among Latin American and Caribbean States. As a long-lasting tribute to President Robinson, the ICC’s main Courtroom is named in his honour.
Though the world has lost a true pioneer of global justice, his legacy remains in the realm of international criminal law, as the International Criminal Court continues to strive for universal protection for all people against genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Amnesty International releases Manual to fight injustice PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:13

A new resource to arm lawyers, defendants and the judiciary with the tools to fight against unfair trials and injustice is published by Amnesty International today.
A practical guide on the internationally agreed standards for fair criminal proceedings, the second edition of the Fair Trial Manual is the first update in more than 15 years.
“The Fair Trial Manual is essential reading for anyone having to battle against injustice,” said Michael Bochenek, Senior Director of International Law and Policy at Amnesty International.
“It provides practical guidance on which corners prosecutors must never try to cut. In extreme cases, it can also help to expose politically motivated show trials for what they really are. Even in the most oppressive states, where the judiciary is little more than a puppet for political masters, highlighting abuses can and does achieve results.”
The Manual will be used by a wide range of people assessing the fairness of an individual criminal case or criminal justice system. These include:
lawyers and judges acting in criminal proceedings
trial observers, legislators and human rights educators
human rights monitors working to assist efforts to re-establish the rule of law and in complex post-conflict situations
The second edition of the Manual, published by popular demand, reflects the significant changes to the global legal and political context since the first edition. Many new standards have been adopted, for example, on women deprived of their liberty and the right to access legal aid. It also reflects the growing recognition that fairness includes regard for the rights of victims and that many fair trial rights apply at all times and in all circumstances, even during states of emergency and armed conflicts.
The Manual includes dedicated chapters on death penalty cases, trials in armed conflict and fair trial rights of children.


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