Photo: Law Commission reviews drafts of CAH and application of treaties: The Sixth Committee (responsible for legal issues) of the UN General Assembly has begun its comprehensive consideration of the International Law Commission’s report on its 69th session, during which the ILC adopted a complete set of draft articles on crimes against humanity, and (separately) concluded considerations on the remaining draft guidelines on the “provisional application of treaties.” In presenting the draft articles on crimes against humanity, ILC Chair Georg Nolte highlighted that among the three core international crimes, only crimes against humanity lacked a treaty focused on building up national laws, national jurisdiction and inter‑State cooperation in the fight against impunity; if adopted on second reading, the ILC draft articles would provide a model treaty for States to fill this gap. In the 6th Committee discussion that followed, representatives including those from Mexico, Switzerland, and China requested clarification on the draft articles on topics including the rights of victims, conflicting requests for extradition, and criminalization under national law. (Relief Web)


Dutchman to be tried in NL for war crimes during Ethiopian war: Following an investigation conducted by the International Crimes Team of the Dutch police, a Dutch man will face charges in the Netherlands on 30th October 2017 for war crimes he allegedly committed in Ethiopia in the 1970s. He is accused of ordering the killing of 75 detainees, and being responsible for the incarceration and inhumane treatment of over 200 opponents of former Ethiopian leader Mengistu Haile Mariam. The man has already been sentences to death in abstentia by an Ethiopian court. His trial in the Netherlands will involve statements of several Ethiopian witnesses. (Reuters)


UN Rapporteur on right to food says deliberate famine could be war crime: UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, has stated that “if the famine comes from deliberate action of the State or other players using food as a weapon of war, it is an international crime,” specifying further that famine may constitute a war crime or a crime against humanity, and making the point that more civilians die from hunger and disease related to conflicts than in the conduct of hostilities. The statements were made in connection with the report the Special Rapporteur presented to the General Assembly committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues – she also highlighted that an estimated 70 million people across 45 countries are currently in need of food aid. (UN News Centre)


Conference held on ICC Asset Recover: A conference entitled “The ICC and International Cooperation: The Challenges of Asset Recovery” took place in Paris on 20 October, sponsored by the facilitators of the Working Group on Cooperation of States Parties to the Rome Statute. The conference focused on identifying concrete ways to strengthen cooperation between the ICC and key actors in this issue – ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda commented that “In today’s inter-connected and borderless world, money moves as fast as ever. As a result, we are committed to a coordinated strategy whereby expertise and information is shared, within the relevant legal frameworks and as appropriate.” The conference also discussed the draft Paris Declaration on Cooperation in Asset Recovery, which will be proposed for adoption at the next Assembly of ICC States Parties. Senior State officials, ICC officers, international experts in financial investigations, representatives of regional and international organisations, and members of civil society attended the conference. (ICC Press Release)