ICTY building. Photo: ICTY photos via Flickr (CC)
ICTY building. Photo: ICTY photos via Flickr (CC)

ICTY Appeals Judgment against Prlic expected on 29 Nov: At 10.00 on Wednesday 29 November 2017, the ICTY Appeals Chamber will rule in the appeal of six high-level leaders of the Bosnian Croat wartime entity Herceg-Bosna and the Croatian Defence Council (HVO), Jadranko Prlic, Bruno Stojic, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petkovic, Valentin Coric, and Berislav Pusic. They were convicted and sentenced for their participation in crimes against humanity and war crimes as part of a scheme to permanently remove the Bosnian Muslim population from Herceg-Bosna. The underlying acts included murder, inhuman treatment including sexual assault, unlawful detention and imprisonment, sexual assault and deportation. The Appeals Chamber will also rule on the Prosecutor’s appeal on sentences. The appeal hearing will be streamed with a 30 minute delay on the ICTY website. (Daily Star, ICTY)

Slave trade. mwnews24.com via Bing.
Slave trade. mwnews24.com via Bing.

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara calls on ICC to prosecute Libyans responsible for slave trade: On 25 November 2017, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara called on the International Criminal Court to indict those responsible for enslaving and selling black African migrants in Libyan slave markets (see here). On 22 November, France sought an urgent UN Security Council session on human trafficking in Libya and raised the possibility of sanctions. (Reuters, CNN)

UN says killing of peacekeepers in Mali could be war crime: Four UN peacekeepers and a Malian soldier were killed, and 21 others wounded, in two attacks against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on 24 November 2017. The UN Secretary-General and Security Council each issued statements condemning the attack and recalling that attacks against peacekeepers may constitute war crimes. The militant group Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen has claimed responsibility for the attacks. (France 24, The SOP)

US reverses decision to close Palestinian mission due to ICC complaint against Israel: On 24 November 2017 the United States revised its decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization mission in Washington. The United States had earlier said that a speech to the UN by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in September triggered a domestic law requiring the office to close if the Palestinian authority sought to have the International Criminal Court prosecute Israeli nationals. The United States has instead restricted the mission for 90 days while also advising the mission “to limit its activities to those related to achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.” (LA Times, Washington Post)