Conference held on African Justice and ICC cooperation: On 23 May 2017 the President of the ICC’s Assembly of State Parties held a high level conference on the topic of “Capacity-building with regard to African judicial systems through effective and dynamic complementarity and cooperation with the International Criminal Court” in Dakar, Senegal. Sponsored by the government of Switzerland, the conference brought together participants including Ministers of Justice, diplomats, parliamentarians, lawyers, academics, and representatives of the judiciary from across African State Parties to the Rome Statute. Representatives from the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor also attended, alongside civil society and international organisations. The conference was opened by Senegalese Prime Minister Mahammed Dionne, who emphasised the importance of strengthening African judicial systems in order to boost the fight against impunity, and throughout the conference African Ministers of Justice and members of the judiciary shared experiences on topics including capacity-building, the prosecution of international crimes, and the importance of norm implementation. (ICC Press Release)

 

Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Photo: ihrlaw.org via Bing (CC).
Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Photo: ihrlaw.org via Bing (CC).

Inter-American Commission of Human Rights considers complaint on US border patrol killing: A complaint has been filed at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights on behalf of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, an undocumented resident of California whose death was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s Office following a fatal beating he received from US Border Patrol agents at the US border with Mexico in 2010. Following seven years of domestic litigation in the USA, which ultimately concluded in March 2017 when the US government agreed to pay $1 million to settle a civil case brought by Hernandez-Rojas’ family, the IACHR will now consider the complaint first filed by the Hernandez-Rojas family in March 2016. Notable because it is the first time the IACHR will consider a claim of extrajudicial killing and torture in the USA, the IACHR will assess whether the victim’s rights were violated under the American Convention on Human Rights. The US government has until 10 August 2017 to respond to the complaint – in the absence of a response, the IACHR may issue a default judgment (accepting the facts presented in the filing as true). (Courthouse News Service)