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December 2023



AJC Secretariat at the ICC #ASP22

 

From 4th-14th December, Asia Justice Coalition secretariat head Dr Priya Pillai and Senior Law and Policy Advisor Jennifer Keene-McCann attended the 22nd Session of the International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Dr Priya Pillai delivered a statement at the ASP General Debate and called for the promotion of “holistic justice” – justice that is inclusive, timely, and collaborative at the ICC.

 

On 6 December, Dr Pillai also spoke on a panel on ‘Bridging Perspectives for a Global Future in the ICC Situation Countries and Beyond’ and contextualized the ongoing conflict in Myanmar, the situation of the Rohingya, and the investigation at the ICC.




 

Civil Society Workshop on the Draft Articles on Crimes against Humanity


On 5 December, the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative at Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at the Washington University School of Law, and Coalition members Global Justice Center, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists, co-organised a closed-room civil society workshop. The workshop witnessed international law subject matter experts who have been following the movement on the Draft Articles and strategized on how to advance and improve the draft convention with fellow CSO members.


 


Advancing towards a Crimes against Humanity convention

 

On 8 December, the Asia Justice Coalition co-sponsored a panel discussion on ‘Advancing Towards a Crimes Against Humanity Convention’ to explore the ongoing efforts to establish a new treaty on crimes against humanity based on the 2019 International Law Commission’s Draft Articles. The event was co-sponsored by Estonia, The Gambia, Iceland, and Mexico, as well as the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative - Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at the Washington University School of Law, Physicians for Human Rights, and Coalition members Amnesty International, Global Justice Center, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists.


 

Ensuring a survivor-centric approach to justice and accountability – from Sudan to Myanmar

 

This event, held on 11 December, convened Member States and civil society to discuss the importance of a sustained survivor-centric approach to justice and accountability efforts, identify opportunities to promote these principles and explore how a survivor-centric approach can be applied in conflicts that receive less international and media attention, such as those in Sudan and Myanmar. It was co-sponsored by Estonia, Latvia, the Darfur Women Action Group, and Coalition member Global Justice Center.


 


GQUAL Campaign ON #16DaysOfActivism

 

On 27 November, Dr Priya Pillai called for recognition and ensuring that women’s agency (2:31 onwards) is reflected in international decision-making spaces as a part of the 16 Days of Activism & GQUAL Campaign to bring gender parity in international representation.

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