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Hello, this is Kasmira and today we're covering the latest UN climate report due to be released imminently, further reports of war crimes in Ukraine after horrific scenes from the city of Bucha, and a ceasefire in Yemen - the first since 2016.

Plus, we're also introducing a new monthly round-up of the latest international war crimes cases, in collaboration with Civitas Maxima.

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Kasmira Jefford


On our radar this week

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Wind turbines in the Netherlands. (Credit: Unsplash/Peter Beukema)

⚠️Will the climate alert be heeded? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will make another attempt on Monday to warn the world about the catastrophic consequences of the rise in global temperatures if it doesn’t turn things around. In thousands of pages reviewing thousands of scientific studies, the experts will provide an overview of the existing solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change. But the ongoing war in Ukraine and its knock on effects on global energy and food supply raises questions about whether climate action will finally become a priority after two years of remaining in the shadows of the Covid-19 pandemic. Geneva Solutions

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🌆 City diplomacy amid war. The mayors of Kyiv and Kharkiv, will speak virtually on Tuesday at a UN forum in Geneva bringing together mayors from cities around the world, even as Ukraine's two biggest cities reel from the devastation caused by Russian attacks. Kyiv mayor’s Vitali Klitschko will take part in a side event entitled “From theatres of war to actors for peace”. In an interview with Swiss Sunday newspaper SonntagsZeitung, Klitschko gave an account of the destruction in his city and appealed to Switzerland for help.

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⚖️ International Justice Corner

Geneva Solutions is launching a new monthly war criminal hunt round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima to help us stay aboard the top cases. Here are a few words of introduction from its director, Alain Werner.

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The events of the past month and a half open spectacular and unprecedented doors for international justice. Never before since Nuremberg has an international prosecutor received such a mandate to prosecute political and military actors at the highest level of one of the three main nuclear world powers. This has happened now for Karim Khan, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as 39 countries, including Switzerland, requested him to investigate and prosecute war crimes and crimes against Humanity committed in Ukraine, so far apparently mainly committed by Russian forces.

The topic of International crimes has been present everywhere for several weeks now, and unfortunately it looks as if this will not change for some time. This monthly round-up will give you a summary of the most interesting developments in the field of international criminal law, where Geneva plays an increasingly important role, with a number of cutting-edge and Geneva-based NGOs involved such as Civitas Maxima and TRIAL International, and UN mechanisms such as the International, Impartial, Independent Mechanism (IIIM) on Syria and the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM) on Myanmar.

🗞️ Karim Khan in Ukraine, Sudanese victims against BNP Paribas, and a Gambian indicted in Germany: Geneva Solutions’ new monthly war criminal hunt round-up.

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🇱🇷 Waiting for justice on Martina Johnson’s alleged war crimes in Liberia. The former commander was allegedly involved in mutilations and mass killings during the first Liberian Civil War. Thirty years later, however, Johnson has yet to stand trial.

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