ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. Photo: coalitionfortheicc.org via Bing.
ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. Photo: coalitionfortheicc.org via Bing.

ICC and UNESCO memorialize intent on cooperation for protecting cultural heritage: ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova have signed a Letter of Intent to formalize and enhance collaboration in the field of protecting cultural heritage from attack in times of conflict. On the occasion of the Letter signing, Prosecutor Bensouda remarked that “an effective strategy to address the destruction of cultural heritage requires a multi-faceted and collaborative approach.  UNESCO is a natural partner for my Office and, the ICC more broadly, in confronting the scourge of attacks against cultural heritage within the Rome Statute framework.” The enhanced collaboration between the ICC and UNESCO stands amongst other significant events related to cultural property, including the ICC’s ruling and subsequent reparations order in the Al Mahdi case regarding the destruction of shrines and mausoleums in Mali, and UN Security Council Resolution 2347 of 2017, which condemned the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage. (UNESCO Press Release)

 

 

Prosecutors in NL ask for life sentence in Ethiopian war crimes trial: The Public Prosecutor in the Netherlands has asked for a life imprisonment sentence in a case against a Dutch national charged with committing war crimes including torture and murder as part of the Derg regime in Ethiopia in the 1970s. The accused denies the charges. He has previously been convicted of war crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment in Ethiopia in abstentia; as the Ethiopian verdict cannot be implemented in the Netherlands, the Dutch authorities are pursuing this new prosecution. (Netherlands Times)

 

HR group in Germany files complaint for Syrian refugees on war crimes and CAH: 13 Syrian men and women have filed criminal complaints against 17 persons who they consider the most responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity alleged to have been committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Non-profit legal organization the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has led the case in cooperation with Syrian lawyers, and the filing has been made under the principle of universal jurisdiction. The accused include officials of Syria’s National Security Bureau, Air Force Intelligence Directorate, the Ministry of Defence, and the Military Police. (The Local DE)