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Updated: Jun 12, 2019

Weekly update: 11 March - 17 March

 

The following media round up of international legal and foreign policy issues from around the world for the week of 11 March - 17 March 2019.


The Guernica Group will provide weekly media updates from the International Criminal Court, European Court of Human Rights, United Nations, European Union and other sources. Should you wish to contribute or submit a media summary, opinion piece or blog, please send to Nenad Vucijak for consideration.




Guatemala: 11 March 2019 

Justice against all odds: the Molina Theissen women vs. Guatemala

Members of the Guatemalan congress are trying to create a law that would provide amnesty for members of the armed forces accused of war crimes such as kidnapping and rape during the internal conflict

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/democraciaabierta/justice-against-all-odds-molina-thiessen-women-vs-guatemala/


Mexico: 11 March 2019 

War, amputation, refuge: A Salvadoran migrant's story

Jose de Eugenio Lopez has fled his El Salvador home three times. Last month, he received protection in Mexico

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/war-amputation-refuge-salvadoran-migrant-story-190309195344787.html


Syria: 11 March 2019 

Syrian refugees launch legal bid to try Assad for crimes against humanity

International criminal court asked to rule in case brought by 28 people who fled civil war

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/mar/07/syrian-refugees-launch-legal-bid-to-try-assad-for-crimes-against-humanity?fbclid=IwAR0YKiLUqhmV_aAmKLA_o-Rd7QDBJccIga3wnbO56mm3F-LsPBFAc_U1WgQ


Venezuela: 12 March 2019 

Ongoing Blackouts Hit Already Struggling Venezuelans

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/03/ongoing-blackouts-hit-already-struggling-venezuelans/584662/


Colombia: 12 March 2019 

Human Rights in Colombia: How should defenders be protected?

During Colombia’s armed conflict, human rights defenders (HRDs) fought to promote human rights in the crosshairs of competing illegal armed groups. Often, the State was either absent or contributed to the problem

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/democraciaabierta/human-right-colombia-how-should-defenders-be-protected/


Nigeria: 14 March 2019 

Violence against Women Pervasive in Nigeria

Adoption of Nigeria's UPR

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/03/14/vietnam-6-activists-headed-prison


Vietnam : 14 March 2019 

Vietnam: 6 Activists Headed to Prison

Upcoming Trial, Appeal Over Peaceful Opposition

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/03/14/vietnam-6-activists-headed-prison


US : 15 March 2019 

US Threatens International Criminal Court

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/03/15/us-threatens-international-criminal-court


US : 15 March 2019 

Joint Letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Calling for Justice for Khashoggi

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/03/15/joint-letter-house-foreign-affairs-committee-calling-justice-khashoggi


Syria: 15 March 2019 

No One Wants to Help Bashar al-Assad Rebuild Syria

The Syrian president appears comfortably in power, but his supporters in Moscow can’t afford to pay for reconstruction; his adversaries in the West can, but won’t.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/03/where-will-money-rebuild-syria-come/584935/


Iraq: 15 March 2019 

Iraq begins legal proceedings against 14 French Daesh fighters

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190315-iraq-begins-legal-proceedings-against-14-french-daesh-fighters/


Russia: 15 March 

Rights Defender Facing Four-Year Prison Term

Political Prosecution of Memorial’s Oyub Titiev Draws to an End

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/03/15/russia-rights-defender-facing-four-year-prison-term

US: 15 March 2019

WashU Expert: Trump Administration ‘war’ against The Hague not over

https://source.wustl.edu/2019/03/washu-expert-trump-administration-war-against-the-hague-not-over/


Syria: 16 March 2019 

SYRIAN REFUGEES USE PRECEDENT SET IN ROHINGYA CASE TO TRY TO BRING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

https://theintercept.com/2019/03/16/syria-conflict-internation-criminal-court/


US: 16 March 2019 

War crime investigators will be barred from entering US

Restrictions may also be placed on investigators examining alleged war crimes involving Israel

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190316-war-crime-investigators-will-be-barred-from-entering-us/


Spain: 16 March 2019 

Mass rally in Madrid against trial of Catalan separatist leaders

Protesters waved Catalan flags and carried banners reading slogans such as 'self-determination is a right, not a crime'.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/mass-rally-madrid-trial-catalan-separatist-leaders-190316184251114.html?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5c8d6af54b73850001c4bd0b&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter


New Zeland: 17 March 2019 

New Zealand mosque shooter 'acted alone'; sent manifesto to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/17/new-zealand-mosque-shooter-acted-alone/


Philippines: 17 March 2019

PH withdrawal from ICC takes effect Sunday

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2019/3/16/ph-icc-withdrawal-takes-effect.html?fbclid=IwAR2


Latin America: 14 March 2019 

Support the rights of all women

Tell the Parliamentary Committee for the domestic abuse bill to extend the new law to protect all women - regardless of their race, ethnicity, nationality or immigration status

https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/support-rights-all-women

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