Court sentence on artists raises questions about needed reforms of justice in Sudan

(KHARTOUM) - The ruling of a Khartoum court imprisoning young artists has sparked widespread controversy on social media and among youth groups about the need for swift reforms in the legal system inherited from the former Islamist regime and the police apparatus in Sudan. Last Thursday, the Khartoum Central Criminal Court imposed a two-month prison sentence and a fine of 5 thousand pounds for 5 members of the (Civic Lab)…

Sudan: Indicted war crimes suspects must be brought to justice – ICC prosecutor

Buoyed by the surrender of a key Darfur war crimes suspect, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is urging the Security Council to press Sudan to do more to bring other indicted persons – including ex-president Omar Al-Bashir – to justice.   Fatou Bensouda acknowledged that, more than year after Al-Bashir’s ouster, the authorities in Khartoum have their hands full with competing priorities, including the COVID-19 pandemic, as…

Victims of intercommunal violence in South Sudan deserve ‘justice, truth and reparations’: Bachelet

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday condemned a fresh wave of intercommunal violence in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, that has left hundreds dead across 28 villages in Jonglei State, according to local authorities. Three aid workers were among those killed. “The reports from Jonglei State are appalling”, Michelle Bachelet said of fighting that broke out between 16 and 17 May, forcing thousands to flee their…

UNMISS support national efforts to resolve juvenile court cases amidst COVID-19

Court hearings for more than 118 young people on remand for alleged criminal activity have been completed at the Juvenile Reformatory Centre in Juba. The hearings began on 25 March as part of a national effort to reduce the backlog of juvenile cases awaiting trial and to decongest the Juvenile Reformatory Centre (JRC) as part of the national effort to prevent and respond to COVID-19. The initiative was led by…

AOUN RECEIVES CREDENTIALS OF EIGHT NEW AMBASSADORS TO LEBANON, MEETS CHINESE AMBASSADOR

President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, received, today at Baabda Palace, the credentials of eight Ambassadors who constitute a new batch of heads of diplomatic missions to Lebanon.Ambassadors are: Italian Ambassador, Nicoletta Bombardier, US Ambassador, Dorothy Camille Shea, Slovenian Ambassador, Primoz Seligo, Ghanaian Ambassador, Winfred Ni Okai Hammoud, South African Ambassador, Barry Phillip Gilder, Estonian Ambassador, Miko Haljas, Zambian Ambassador, Major General Topply Mulanbo Lubaya, and Burkina Faso Ambassador,…

Security Council Issues Presidential Statement Calling for Greater Efforts to Help Africa Fight Terrorism, as Delegates Denounce ‘Insufficient’ Current Approaches

Nigeria Cites Weak Criminal Justice Responses, Law Enforcement Woes, with States ‘Hard Pressed’ to Handle Disengaging FightersTerrorism and violent extremism pose a significant and growing threat to peace and security in Africa and the international community must redouble its efforts to strengthen the continent’s ability to fight back, delegates in the Security Council said today as it issued a presidential statement and heard briefings by senior United Nations officials.In a…

‘Unanimous’ ICC gives go-ahead to probe Afghanistan alleged war crimes

Prosecutors have been given the green light to investigate alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan - and beyond its borders � linked to Afghan, Taliban and US troops, the International Criminal Court said on Thursday. The decision, reached unanimously on appeal by judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, overturns an earlier decision vetoing an inquiry, on the grounds that it would not be…

Indian Capital’s Riot-Ravaged District Struggles to Pick Up Pieces

A week after communal riots ravaged a district in the Indian capital, men sift through torched motorcycles to see if they can salvage anything to sell, and a group of Muslims sit despondently outside a charred showroom for auto rickshaws, while dozens of homes in inner lanes lie empty as Muslims flee in fear. Every few meters, paramilitary soldiers stand guard on the arterial road that runs through the densely…
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