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Yesterday, April 4, marks the sixth anniversary of the Khan Shaykhun massacre when the Syrian government used sarin gas against the city. To this day, the perpetrators of this targeting remain without #accountability or trial.
Syrian civil society has been working tirelessly toward justice for the victims of #ChemicalAttacks. SCM along with @syrian_archive, @OSFJustice and @crdefenders filed a complaint based on this attack in both #Germany and #Sweden under the principle of #UniversalJurisdiction
@mazenadarwish3: "The international community should take serious steps against those implicated in the use of chemical weapons in #Syria, to send a clear message that they will be held accountable, and to ensure that such atrocities won’t be repeated ever again.” #Justice
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#egypt #italy Yesterday the Italian highest court decided de facto that the #regeni trial cannot continue; hence putting a stone on chances for justice for Regeni and for the thousands who have gone through the same tortures that the young Italian experienced before being killed.
The italian court(s) decided not to proceed not to violate the rights to fair trial of the 4 defendants, all high ranking intelligence officers from #Egypt. Due to the explicit lack of cooperation by Egypt a fair notification could not be delivered; a trial in absentia is unfair.
Investigation was complete, facts established, identiy of defendants established, yet the trial could not proceed.
While the #righttofairtrial ought to be respected and blind application of human rights law does not deliver #justice (that is the main purpose of the law).
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1. Let’s face facts: In 20 years (and almost $2billion spent), the International Criminal Court has never sustained the atrocity conviction of ANY state official (even lowly) ANYWHERE.Only 5 African rebels.🧵 Thread on #ICC’s 20th anniversary(1 July) & our "#Ukraine moment"⬇️1/15 Image
2.But the #ICC, which embodies the int’l community’s (uneven) commitment to end impunity, has had a massive impact on global #accountability through its Statute and the norms it promotes, its pressure, its preliminary exams and its protective umbrella. Image
3.Example- The African Union’s vital role in the trial of ex-Chad dictator #HissèneHabré was intended to ward off more ICC cases against African leaders, by showing Africa could handle its own… Image
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After the historic verdict rendered yesterday in 🇩🇪#Germany, it is essential to remember that such judgments do not pop out of nowhere. To get there you need to have:
➡️ A solid legal framework enacted by parliament
➡️ Specialised #warcrimes units (investigators & prosecutors), endowed with sufficient resources
➡️ NGOs with the capacity to investigate, file complaints and/or support and represent victims
➡️ Courageous victims, sometimes ready to take significant risks as they step forward
➡️ A procedure fully respecting the rights of the accused and a fair trial that will legitimise the process and the verdict, whatever the outcome.

With respect to the war crimes units, proactive approaches do yield results.
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Im Frankfurter Völkermord-Prozess hat die Nebenklage heute die Neubewertung der Anklage gefordert. Ziel: geschlechtsbezogene Gewalt an #jesidischen Frauen und Mädchen muss als Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit Teil der Anklage werden #YazidiGenocideTrial.
Bisher wird der Angeklagte Taha Al J. zwar wegen Versklavung und Folterung von zwei jesidischen Frauen angeklagt, die Tat wurde aber nicht als geschlechtsbezogene Verfolgung behandelt. #universaljurisdiction
Dabei waren geschlechtsbezogene Gewalttaten unter dem #IslamischenStaat keine Gelegenheitstaten, sondern wurden gezielt und systematisch gegen #Jesid*innen und andere religiöse Minderheiten eingesetzt. Dies haben mehrere Sachverständige im Frankfurter Prozess bestätigt.
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You may have seen ICE’s weekly #FridayFive propaganda. Today, help share a #FridayFive of our own – to expose the government officials colluding with hate groups and to fight the fascism creeping in our neighborhoods. #AbolishICE #ICEoutofCA #UnmaskHate #AltoSheriff
1) This is what funding for ICE translates to, military vehicles terrorizing our communities, shared by the OC Rapid Response Network @oc_rrn: #FridayFive #AbolishICE
@oc_rrn 2) While the rest of the world unites against Covid19, ICE spreads the pandemic thru deportations: #FridayFive #AbolishICE #RomeStatute #ICC #UniversalJurisdiction
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A palpable revival of #UniversalJurisdiction is underway in Europe.
Here are 7 examples of recent important activities (trials, arrests, investigations) that have taken place only in the last few weeks.
There are certainly more that I am unaware of.
And certainly more to come.
1. #Sweden
>> Arrest of an Iranian national allegedly involved in the #1988Massacre of thousands of detainees. First ever #UniversalJurisdiction case on #Iran to go ahead.…
2. #Belgium
>> The trial of a #Rwandan man accused of having participated in the 1994 #genocide of the Tutsi minority is currently underway.…
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Arrest in #Sweden over 1988 prison massacre in #Iran.
This is what we know so far.
1. A man under the name of Hamid Noury was arrested at Stockholm airport on Saturday 9 November.
2. He is a 58-year old Iranian national.
3. He is suspected of having participated from a prison outside Tehran in the infamous massacre of thousands of detainees during the summer of 1988.
4. He was brought before a judge this morning (13 November).
5. He claims the wrong person has been arrested.
6. The judge seems to have ordered his detention for an initial period of 1 month.
7. Sweden has jurisdiction over crimes under international law amounting to #WarCrimes and is entitled to act when a suspect is present on its territory.
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Hello @RusEmbUSA - Representative of the "cryptic" organisation #CIJA here as you can see in my profile. Glad to see you following coverage of the mounting evidence against the #SyrianRegime atrocities against its own people. @JomanaCNN @ABarnardNYT
The "extensive archive of documents" amounts to 800,000 original hard copies spanning years of Syrian military and intelligence operations to suppress, detain and torture untold thousands of men women and children. #Justice4Syria
You will remember from the good old days of #ICTY trials of our mutual "friends" #Mladic and #Karadzic that documents are the king and queen of evidence. Unshakable in the courtroom and impossible to fake en masse
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