Laurent Gbagbo. Photo: alchetron.com via Bing.
Laurent Gbagbo. Photo: alchetron.com via Bing.

ICC Appeals Chamber set date to deliver judgment on Gbagbo’s continued detention: The ICC Appeals Chamber will deliver its judgement on the Defence appeal against the “Decision on Mr Gbagbo’s Detention” in a public hearing on 19 July 2017 at 16.30 (UTC+1). Trial Chamber I decided on 10 March 2017 that Laurent Gbagbo shall remain in detention. It had invited parties to file submissions for the purpose of Article 60(3) of the Rome Statute relating to period review of rulings on release or detention. The Chamber concluded that circumstances had not changed since the last detention of decision, which was on 2 November 2015, to such extent as to warrant Gbagbo’s release, nor was there any realistic proposal that would permit his conditional release.  (ICC Press Release, ICC AC Decision)

Rohingya Muslims. Photos: islaminaustralia.com via Bing.
Rohingya Muslims. Photos: islaminaustralia.com via Bing.

Rohingya Muslims tell of abuses as local and foreign journalists allowed to visit: On 15 July 2017, international and local media reported on their visit to Maungdaw district in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State. The area has been largely closed to foreign media since violence erupted in October 2016. The Myanmar government is accused of employing brutal counterinsurgency tactics amounting to crimes against humanity against the civilian population, including alleged gang rape, torture, arson and killings by security forces. The UN says around 1,000 Rohingya have been killed and 75,000 people fled across the border to Bangladesh as a result. The government denies most of the claims and will not receive members of a UN fact-finding mission appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States. Myanmar officials say a domestic investigation and a commission led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan are the appropriate avenues to address problems in Rakhine State. (Reuters, The Irrawaddy, Asian Correspondent, The Guardian)

Post by: Clementine Rendle