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April 2024

‘MAKING SANCTIONS WORK’ WHITEPAPER

 

The AJC Secretariat and the Cambridge Pro Bono Project released a new whitepaper on ‘Making Sanctions Work’The paper explores three opportunities to use sanctions in a more victim-centred way: (1) by ensuring accountability for sanctions violations; (2) developing victims’ funds, financed by the interest of frozen assets or the fines imposed for violations; and (3) by confiscating and distributing frozen assets absent a criminal conviction.


 

AJC SECRETARIAT ATTENDS THE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY RESUMED SESSION

 

From 1 – 5 April, Secretariat Head Dr Priya Pillai attended the Second Resumed Session of the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly on the Draft Crimes against Humanity Convention in New York. The Asia Justice Coalition co-hosted a reception on the Draft Articles for civil society members and state representatives alongside fellow members Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, Human Rights Watch, and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.



 

AJC SUBMISSION ON THE CEDAW COMMITTEE’S GENERAL RECOMMENDATION 40

 

The Secretariat submitted an input to the UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) regarding General Recommendation 40 on the equal and inclusive representation of women in decision-making systems. The submission highlights the need for the legal ecosystem to be better reflected within General Recommendation 40.


 

NAVIGATING PATHWAYS TO WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP IN LAW AND ECONOMICS

 

On 18 April, Dr Priya Pillai participated in a discussion focused on ‘Navigating Pathways To Women’s Leadership in Law and Economics’ co-hosted by Co-Impact and EquiLead.




 

WIJA PROJECT IDEAS MEETING IN DHAKA, BANGLADESH

 

On 24th April, the Asia Justice Coalition secretariat and the Centre for Peace and Justice co-hosted a day-long discussion on the Women Leaders in International Justice and Accountability (WIJA) Project in Dhaka. Building on the November 2023 Systems Mapping workshop, the meeting explored the avenues and gaps for international justice and accountability in Bangladesh on three Project thematic areas.



 

UN SECURITY COUNCIL SESSION ON THE SITUATION IN MYANMAR

 

On 4 April, AJC secretariat head Dr Priya Pillai attended the briefing of the UN Security Council on the situation in Myanmar, the first open session of the Council since 2019. The recording of the session is available here.


 

THE NEED FOR A CONVENTION ON CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY’

Secretariat head Dr Priya Pillai published an article for Lowy Institute's Interpreter on the recently concluded Second Resumed Session on the ILC Draft Articles on Crimes Against Humanity.  Dr Pillai highlights the importance of a global treaty on crimes against humanity and explains how it sits within the international accountability architecture.

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