Photo: panampost.com via Bing (CC).
Photo: panampost.com via Bing (CC).

Colombian President promises that there won’t be impunity for most serious CAH: The President of Colombia, Juan Manual Santos, has promised that its war crimes tribunal will not provide impunity for crimes against humanity, genocide, or other serious violations of human rights committed during the country’s 52-year civil war. The tribunal, called the Special Justice for Peace (JEP), was a key element of the 2016 peace treaty signed between the government and the FARC, and the country is currently awaiting a ruling from its Constitutional Court as to the terms of the justice process. President Santos spoke in support of the agreement, which has generated controversy in Colombia, particularly with regard to concerns that the JEP would be overly lenient to FARC leaders. The President’s statements come in the midst of an ongoing ICC investigation into the situation in Colombia, which has been under preliminary examination since June 2004, and is focused upon alleged crimes against humanity committed since November 2002 and alleged war crimes committed since November 2009. (PanamPost)

Assembly of States Parties. Photo: bashirwatch.org via Bing (CC).
Assembly of States Parties. Photo: bashirwatch.org via Bing (CC).

ASP President meets with UN Sec Gen and GA President: On 15 December 2017, the newly elected President of the Assembly of States Parties, Mr. O-Gon Kwon from the Republic of Korea, met with both the President of the UN General Assembly and the UN Secretary-General. The meeting focused on the need for UN cooperation and diplomatic support for the ICC, as well as the importance of pursuing universal ratification of the Rome Statute.  The meeting followed closely on the heels of the Sixteenth Session of the Assembly of States Parties, during which the ASP took the historic step of activating the ICC’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. (ICC Press Release)

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