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24 June 2015

Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of human rights while countering terrorism: ‘The Security Council has an obligation to act’ to protect civilians from ISIL

‘The Security Council has an obligation to act’, Ben Emmerson, the Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of human rights while countering terrorism, said in a press release on the presentation of his latest report on the gross violations committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL) and the pressing need for accountability. ‘Given the reports of genocide, all members of the Security Council may now have a specific responsibility to take action to prevent this most serious of international crimes’, Mr. Emmerson said. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | Security Council has ‘obligation to act now’ to protect civilians from ISIL – UN rights expert
Source: OHCHR | News | Act now to prevent industrial scale human rights violations by ISIL – UN expert calls on the Security Council | Geneva, 22 June 2015


Protecting Witnesses at the International Criminal Court from Refoulement

Emma Irving

International criminal trials are often contentious in the countries where the alleged crimes took place, and participation in them can place witnesses at risk. Where the risk to a witness is particularly severe, it may not be possible for that … Read more

27 August 2014

Ongoing conflict in Syria failure of international community

The number of people killed in Syria is double the number documented a year ago, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced, criticising the international community for its failure to stop the ‘killers, destroyers and torturers’ that have torn the country apart. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | More than 191,000 people killed in Syria with ‘no end in sight’ – UN
Source: UN Human Rights | Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights | Pillay castigates “paralysis” on Syria, as new UN study indicates over 191,000 people killed | 22 August 2014

6 March 2014

UN human rights investigators: world powers responsible for allowing war crimes to persist

All sides in the Syrian civil war are committing war crimes and the world powers bear responsibility for allowing these crimes to endure, stated UN human rights investigators on 5 March 2014. Their latest report on atrocities committed in Syria urges the Security Council to refer grave violations of humanitarian law to the International Criminal Court. It said that ‘the Security Council bears responsibility for allowing the warring parties to violate these rules with impunity.’ The independent investigators said that both sides in the conflict have been supported by the disagreeing world powers and that the diplomatic impasse has worsened the atrocities. They stated that not just the fighters and their commanders can be held accountable for the war crimes, but states which transfer arms to Syria as well.

Source: Reuters | World powers responsible for failing to stop Syria war crimes: U.N.


The Relationship between the International Criminal Court and its Host State: Impact on Human Rights

Emma Irving

When an international criminal tribunal establishes its headquarters in a State, its legal relationship with that State must be carved out. This legal relationship has the potential to exclude the applicability of human rights protection by curtailing the host State’s … Read more

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