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Good morning, this is Michelle, bringing you February’s news round-up from the world of international justice, in partnership with Civitas Maxima.

As the war in Ukraine approached its one-year anniversary, western powers framed Russia’s invasion in the strongest terms yet, with accusations of crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression gaining traction.

But some of these powers are also coming under scrutiny and being called to answer to crimes of their own.

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Michelle Langrand


War crimes round-up

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560 km south of the Maldive Islands in the central Indian Ocean, the largest of the coral atolls of the Chagos Archipelago, Diego Garcia, is the site of a large Anglo-American naval air and communications facility. November 1990. (NASA)

The International Centre for the Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression (ICPA), announced for this summer in the Hague, is another step towards accountability. It follows the creation of the Core International Crimes Evidence Database (CICED) by Eurojust, the EU agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation, to preserve, store and analyse evidence of core international crimes, which is fundamental to avoid loss of valuable proof – especially at times of ongoing conflict.

These new European-led initiatives, alongside the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s leadership, send a strong signal that impunity will not be tolerated for the crimes committed in Ukraine.
- Alain Werner, director of Civitas Maxima

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Exiled Nicaraguans protest through the main streets of San Jose against the presidential elections in their country, Nicaragua, in San Jose, Costa Rica, 7 November 2021. (Keystone/EPA/Jeffrey Arguedas)

UN report concludes crimes against humanity committed in Nicaragua. A month after Nicaragua stripped over 300 government opponents of their nationality, a UN group of experts has warned that since 2018, the government has committed crimes against humanity. Established last March by the Human Rights Council to investigate abuses in the country, it said that the violations also have real-life implications for the rest of the region.

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