Posts Categorized: International News


Namibia to Leave ICC, Country’s Focus has Changed to Poverty Eradication


Namibia is to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Co-operation. Ndaitwah stated that engagement with ICC activities is no longer seen as overly important, saying that Namibia’s focus has shifted towards battling and erasing poverty. “We’ve set ourselves a… Read more »


United Nations Report Documents Human Rights Violations Committed by Soldiers in South Sudan


A United Nations report has documented human rights abuses allegedly committed against civilians in South Sudan by soldiers working for the government. Examples include burning people to death, suffocating them, looting and destroying villages and sexually exploiting girls and women. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, has recommended that if the… Read more »


The Rule of Law, The European Court of Human Rights and the UK: A New Court for a New Era


Wednesday 20 April 2016
14:00-18:00 followed by a drinks reception (lunch & registration from 13:00) Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP 3.5 CPD hours It may be argued that, in the light of the Interlaken-Izmir-Brighton-Brussels reform process, the European Court of Human Rights/Convention system has reshaped itself… Read more »


Thai Lawyers for Human Rights


To mark International Women’s Day, ICLB would like to note the achievements of lawyer Yaowalak Anuphan from Bangkok where in 2014 she established her own legal group, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. The group was formed to tackle alleged human rights abuses committed by the Thai junta. “We want to stand up for the rule… Read more »


Benin Vote Count Begins as 33 Candidates Fight for Presidency


Votes are being counted in Benin, where 33 candidates are fighting to become president. Thomas Boni Yayi is stepping down as leader in the West African nation of 10.6m people after two terms. The ruling party’s candidate is Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou, who used to head France’s largest investment bank. Sunday’s election was delayed after… Read more »

Switzerland UN Yemen Peace Talks

Divisions Between Parties in Yemen are Stopping UN Envoy From Renewing Peace Negotiations


The United Nations envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (pictured), has told the U.N. Security Council that divisions between the warring parties within the country are stopping him from renewing peace negotiations between the various groups. The envoy revealed that the parties are divided over whether the fresh discussions should take place without bringing… Read more »


Human Rights Impact of the Investigatory Powers Bill


The UK Government is pushing through the Investigatory Powers Bill which may have crippling results for online messaging services contained on peoples’ phones and tablets. The bill includes a clause that forces technology companies to weaken their security when intelligence agencies require them to. This includes the removal of end-to-end encryption, the technology used by… Read more »


ICC Judges Provisionally Amend the Rules of Procedure and Evidence


PRESS RELEASE On 10 February 2016, the judges of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”), during their 34th plenary session, provisionally amended rule 165 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence (“Rules”). Rule 165, which addresses certain procedures related to proceedings for offences against the administration of justice, pursuant to article 70 of the Rome Statute,… Read more »