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Appeals Chamber in Bemba appeal issues questions for hearing in January:  On 27 November 2017, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court made an order in relation to the conduct of the appeals of Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo against his conviction and sentence in 2016 for war crimes and crimes against humanity by Trial Chamber III. The order sets out specific questions on which the parties are to address the Appeals Chamber, including the extent of the Chamber’s authority regarding appeals generally and issues relating to the individual grounds of appeal indicated by Mr Bemba. The order also sets out the schedule by which the Chamber will hear the parties make submissions . The Chamber had previously notified the parties on 7 November 2017 that the hearings would be held from 9 January 2018 until 12 January 2018 and on 16 January 2018.  (ICC AC Order)

 

Civil suit in Canada goes forward against Canadian company for HR violation in Eritrea:  On 21 November 2017, the British Columbia Court of Appeal held that a Canadian company, Nevsun Resources, operating in Eritrea and employing non-Canadian workers, could be tried in Canada for mistreatment and violence against its employees. It is alleged that the Canadian mining company was complicit in Eritrea’s alleged human rights violations by using army conscripts to work on state or private enterprises. One of the reasons stated by the Court was that it could not be satisfied that Eritrea could adequately conduct a fair trial. According to the Canadian Centre for International Justice this marks the first time that a Canadian appellate court has permitted a mass tort claim for slavery.  (Business Vancouver)

Post by: Alex Foster