News In Brief 08 February 2018

  • Philippines, Venezuela focus of ICC preliminary examinations
  • Stay “one step ahead” of ISIL, UN counter-terrorism chief urges Security Council
  • FAO appeal aims to “restore” livelihoods in 26 countries fighting hunger
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'Genocide should not be part of our present or our future,' UN adviser says on day to honour victims

The United Nations office that coordinates efforts on genocide prevention has launched an appeal for Member States to ratify the 1948 genocide convention by the end of 2018 if they haven't done so.

Uniting political will and theatre to end wartime rape

The sentencing this week of a former Congolese rebel leader for crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been hailed by the UN as a sign of progress in global action to end impunity for wartime rape.

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UN Gender Focus: wartime sexual violence, indigenous peoples and refugee mothers

Sexual violence in conflict crimes “so bad” in South Sudan

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Security Council welcomes plans for setting up war crimes court for Sierra Leone

Members of the United Nations Security Council have welcomed plans to move forward with the establishment of a Special Court for Sierra Leone, according to a letter released today at the world body's Headquarters in New York.

UN prosecutor presses Republika Srpska leaders to arrest war crimes suspects

The Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today demanded that leaders of the Republika Srpska surrender indicted suspects to the UN court for trial.

UN human rights chief welcomes Belgrade's cooperation with war crimes tribunal

Calling it a major step forward in the fight against impunity, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson today welcomed the decree issued by the Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia opening the way for the transfer of former President Slobodan Milosevic to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

After talks in Washington, UN war crimes prosecutor foresees speedy progress

Following a series of high-level meetings in the United States capital, the Prosecutor of the United Nations war crimes tribunals said in New York today that she foresaw "positive results" in achieving the court's goals in the near future.

List of nominees for judges at UN war crimes tribunal sent to Security Council

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today sent the United Nations Security Council a list of 60 candidates to serve as "temporary" or ad litem judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).