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South Sudan Urges UN to Release Names of Officials…

President Salva Kiir’s spokesperson has challenged United Nations’ claim that 41 senior civil and military officials were involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity and called to reveal their names.

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South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny (AFP)

“We were told that over 40 officers were implicated but the names were not given. We challenge the UN to come up with the names and evidence,” said Ateny Wek Ateny.

He further stressed that his government would hold accountable any official who committed proved crimes.

“If there is real evidence that points to crimes committed by those generals, then the government will leave no stone unturned,” he stressed.

In a report released on Friday, the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan established the occurrence of violations during the past four years of civil war and identified those bearing responsibility for those crimes.

However, the presidential spokesperson was keen to say that such human rights violations would not tarnish the entire national army and its leadership.

The 2015 peace agreement provides to establish an independent hybrid court, to investigate and prosecute individuals bearing the responsibility for war crimes against humanity and violations committed in South Sudan from 15 December 2013 until the end of the transitional period.

However, no hybrid court has been set up as the government delays the procedures despite the signing of an agreement with the African Union in this regard.

The UN report details what it calls “appalling instances of cruelty against civilians who have had their eyes gouged out, their throats slit or been castrated”. It says such violence occurred during five major battles between government troops and rebels in 2016 and 2017.

In a statement issued on Friday, Seif Magango, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes said the findings of this report and the acts of shocking brutality should push the international community to accelerate efforts to end the horrific human rights violations in South Sudan.

The report’s findings of yet more acts of shocking brutality, including men being castrated, women gang-raped, children, forced to watch their mothers being raped and boys forced to rape their family

“They demonstrate the critical need to establish the Hybrid Court for South Sudan and to renew the UN Commission on Human Rights’ mandate, which is due to expire in March,” said Magango.

Source: http://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article64832

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L’Union Africain exhorte le progrès sur la procédure judiciaire…

L’Union Africain exhorte le progrès sur la procédure judiciaire de Darfur, Menacé de sanctionner.

Le Conseil de Paix et de Sécurité de l’Union Africaine(CPS) a exhorté les médiateurs en ce qui concerne le progrès de la résolution de conflit du Dafur au cours des trois mois à venir et a menacé de sanctionner ceux qui continuent d’entraver les efforts en cours pour une paix durable.

Dans la réunion tenue le 20 Février 2018, le CPS disait qu’il s’est souci par le processus de paix en Dafure « inutilement prolongé » et demandé pour un règlement rapide du conflit qui a duré pour 15 ans.

Le conseil a également soulignée « le manque de l’engagement de la part des mouvements d’armés non-signataires du Dafur » et les a exhorté d’engager des discussions avec le gouvernement sur la base du Document de Doha pour la paix en Dafur(DDPD)

Suivant les instructions de la réunion, le Groupe de Mise en Œuvre de Haut Niveau de l’Union Africaine(GMHUA) et la mission hybride de maintien de la paix connu sous le nom de UNAMID pour « continuer dans leur engagement avec les parties qui sont liée au conflit » et mettre en courant à ses membres des progrès accomplis.

Sur la base des résultantes des efforts de la médiation, la Commission de l’UA devrait élaborer des mesures possibles en Mai 2018 y compris des sanctions possibles contre tous ceux qui continuent d’entraver les efforts en faveur de paix et de la sécurité durables en Dafur. Cité d’une déclaration publie en Lundi, le 27 Février.

Les groupes de résistance y compris le Mouvement pour la Justice et l’Egalité(MJE), le Mouvement de Libération du Soudan-Minn Minnawi (MLS-MM) ont refusé de signer le DDPD en Juillet 2011 et ont demandé à l’ouverture d’un accord.

D’autres groupes comme le Mouvement du Soudan-Abdel Wahid(MLS-AW) ont rejeté ses conclusions.

Le Panel de médiation de l’Union Africaine(GMHUA) dirigé par l’ancien président de l’Afrique du Sud, Thabo Mbeki  a proposé un processus holistique pour mettre fin aux conflits armées et produire des reformes politiques au Soudan.

Faisant allusion aux rapports internationaux sur l’utilisation des groupes du Dafur dans les conflits armés dans la région, le conseil a souligné « la nécessité d’un respect scrupuleux des principes de bon voisinage pour soutenir les efforts visant à créer un environnement favorable pour le paix et stabilité durables en Dafur.

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African Union Urges Progress on Darfur Process, Threatens Sanctions

Gibril Ibrahim and Minni Minnawi at the opening session of Darfur track 23 Nov 2014 (ST Photo)
  The African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) urged mediators to make progress in the resolution of Darfur conflict during the upcoming three months and threatened to sanction those who continue to hinder the ongoing efforts for a lasting peace.

In a meeting held on 20 February 2018, the PSC said concerned by the “unnecessarily prolonged” process for peace in Darfur and called for a rapid resolution of the 15-year conflict.

The Council further pointed to “the lack of commitment on the part of the non-signatory Darfur armed movements” and urged them to engage discussions with the government on the basis of the Doha Document for peace in Darfur (DDPD).

Following what the meeting directed the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and the hybrid peacekeeping mission known as UNAMID to “continue with their engagement with the parties to the conflict” and update its members on the progress made on the peace process.

Based on the outcome of the mediation’s efforts ” the AU Commission should, by May 2018, elaborate possible measures, including possible sanctions, which could be applied against all those who continue to obstruct efforts towards lasting peace and security in Darfur,” said a statement released on Monday 27 February.

The holdout groups including the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), Sudan Liberation Movement – Minn Minnawi (SLM-MM) refused to sign the DDPD in July 2011 and called to open the framework agreement for talks.

Other groups like the Sudan Liberation Movement – Abdel Wahid (SLM-AW) had declined to join the process and rejected its outcome.

The African Union mediation panel (AUHIP) led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki proposed a holistic process to end the armed conflicts and produce political reforms in Sudan

 

Alluding to international reports about the use of Darfur groups in the armed conflicts in the region, the Council stressed “the need for scrupulous respect for principles of good neighbourhood in support to efforts aimed at creating a conducive environment for lasting peace and stability in Darfur”.

 

SOURCE: http://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article64828

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ICC President Asks State Parties to Provide for Victims…

The newly elected president of the assembly of state parties, O-Gon Kwon, has called on state parties of the Rome statute to step up providing assistance to survivors of war.

“State parties should guarantee the rights and needs of victim survivors are provided,” he said during a press conference held at Sheraton Hotel on Thursday.

Kwon, who became president in December 2017, noted that though the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) is doing a tremendous job in Northern Uganda, there i he s still a big funding gap that needs to be filled. he states that will do his utmost to promote the important work of the Trust Fund for Victims and the need for sufficient funding to carry out its mandate.

The press conference was organised to give an update on the findings of an evaluation visit to northern Uganda by the ICC state parties, to monitor the progress of the implementation of TFV.

Judge O-Gon Kwan the president of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court with a delegation from the Trust Fund For Victims visiting a workshop where artificial limbs are made, at Gulu Referral Hospital. (Credit: Godfrey Kimono)

The implementation of the TFV started in 2008 in northern Uganda and according to Peiter de Baan, its executive director, more than 45,000 people have benefitted directly and about 200,000 people indirectly.

The visit to northern Uganda was also in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute. The joint visit was made by Kwon, representatives from the government of Canada, Chile, Denmark, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, UK and European union.

Mama Koite Doumbia, a TFV board member, noted that the central importance of the Rome Statute is to provide the rights and the needs of victims, including the right to receive reparations and assistance they need.

“Any harm caused by war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide is significant and must be addressed,” she said.

Mirjam Blaak, Uganda’s ambassador to the Netherlands noted that TFV has made a significant progress in providing assistance to the victims.

“The government of Uganda commits to continue its support to the TFV in assisting many more victims, their families and local partners, to sustain a lasting impact in the country,” she said.

 

SOURCE: NEW Vision https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1471802/icc-president-parties-provide-victims-war

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Kenya Appeal Court Set Aside Judgement of Lower Court…

On Friday last week, Kenya’s Court of Appeal delivered judgment in the appeal filed by the government, in the case that ICJ Kenya obtained a provisional arrest warrant against President Al Bashir of Sudan in 2011,

The Court set aside the Provisional arrest warrant issued by the High Court, explaining that at the time it was issued (in November 2011), there was no urgency, as the meeting which Bashir was expected to attend in November 2010, and which the warrant was predicated upon, had already passed and was instead held to Ethiopia. The Court observed that the International Crimes Act is clear that a provisional arrest warrant will only be issued in urgent situations. (Judgment attached)

 

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Kenya Warns Citizens Against Travel to South Sudan

Nairobi — Kenyans living or travelling to South Sudan have been advised to move away from and avoid travelling to areas where armed conflicts and inter-ethnic violence have occurred within the last six months.

According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the advisory applies specifically to parts of the Greater Upper Nile Region and in particular “Bieh, Latjoor, Akobo, Jonglei, Northern Liech states including sections of Maiwut, Eastern Nile and Boma states and Yei River State.”

“We strongly encourage all those nationals who have not yet registered with the Embassy in Juba to do so immediately, by either visiting the Embassy or through email [email protected],” it said in a statement.

The advisory came a day after two Kenyan pilots detained by rebels in South Sudan in the Akobo region after their plane crash-landed during a humanitarian mission flew back home, after their release Tuesday.

In a statement, the Ministry states that Kenyans in other parts of the country should also “exercise extreme caution as they undertake their daily activities.”

SOURCE; http://allafrica.com/stories/201802210530.html

It stated that they should also avoid unnecessary travels in these regions because the security situation is risky and their security cannot be guaranteed.

“In case of emergencies, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade through [email protected] and +25420494992.”

Captain Frank Njoroge and co-pilot Kennedy Shamalla who’ve been held captive since January 7th, arrived at the Wilson Airport Tuesday afternoon aboard a chartered plane, accompanied by a rescue team comprised of government and Red Cross officials.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma said the two pilots suffered untold misery in the hands of the rebels.

Captain Wachira, who owns the plane, told journalists that Sh10 million was paid to secure the pilots’ release.

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NCICC COMMENDS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF FEDERATION FOR PURSUING…

 

Press release: 18th February 2018****.
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The Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court commends the Attorney General of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami for rigorously pursuing the trial of the 2nd batch of Boko Haram Suspects. Most have been in pre-trial detention since 2011.

The trials, which were open to selected civil society organizations including the Nigerian Coalition for the International Criminal Court, showed that all the four trial courts sitting in Niger State are committed to conclude assigned cases by next week.

Reports from NCICC observers in the various courts revealed that one of the courts sitting at Wawa cantonment, Niger state, discharged 478 inmates for lack of evidence and ordered that they be sent to rehabilitation centers before being reintegrated into the society. Some inmates were also discharged at the last sitting in October but have remained in the detention center.

NCICC observers also noted that a crippled man was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on charges of professing to being a member of the terrorist group and participating in their heinous activities.

The NCICC commends the Attorney General for his commitment and urges him to ensure all suspects, estimated to be over 6,000 in prisons, military detention camps, DSS detention centers etc, are brought to trial. Measures should be put in place to avoid long pretrial detention by insisting that law enforcement agencies including DSS adhere to the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act which sets 28 days limit for pretrial remand orders.

Signed

**Chino Obiagwu**
Chairman, Steering Committee-NCICC

**Dr Abiola Akiode-Afolabi**
Vice-Chair, Steering Committee- NCICC

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La Justice Pour Les Filles De Chibok Comme Un…


 

Une cour suprême fédérale siégeant dans le cantonnement de Wawa, à Kainji dans l’état de Niger au Nigéria, a condamné un membre de Boko Haram appelé  Haruna Yahaya âgé de 35 ans le mardi, 13 février,  à 15 ans d’emprisonnement pour le terrorisme.

Le détenu, qui a participé à l’enlèvement de plus de 200 écolières à Chibok dans l’état de Borno, en 2014, avait le bras et la jambe gauche mutilés.

Il aurait participé aux attaques du groupe à Chibok et dans la ville de Gabsuri.

Yahaya avait plaidé coupable le lundi aux deux chefs d’accusation retenus contre lui par le Gouvernement Fédéral mais a plaidé pour la clémence, affirmant qu’il avait été enrôlé de force dans le groupe terroriste.

Mais le juge qui a siégé dans l’un des quatre tribunaux spéciaux mis en place par la Cour Suprême Fédérale pour accélérer le procès de plus de 1000 suspects a déclaré que le tribunal n’était « pas dupe » par l’histoire de Yahaya.

Le tribunal a déclaré que le détenu était en train de «utiliser le malheur de son handicap pour attirer la sympathie ».

Le juge a statué que la condamnation de 15 ans prononcée contre le détenu, qui était en détention depuis 2015, commencerait lundi.