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The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice August 07, 2007 1:32 PM

The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice Sisters, some information you may find useful. A link for further updates is as below; Love, Yvonne x 12.04.2007 Comfort Women Decry Prime Minister’s Comments The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice joins surviving “comfort women” in denouncing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent comments claiming over 200,000 women sexually enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Army from 1932 to 1945 had not been coerced into sexual slavery by the former Japanese Army... 13.03.2007 Democratic Republic of the Congo Background on the DRC case On March 6, 2007, the Presidency of the ICC constituted Trial Chamber I in the Lubanga case as follows: Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito, Judge René Blattmann and Judge Adrian Fulford. The Presidency also decided to suspend the transmission of the record of proceedings of Pre-Trial... 07.03.2007 Free Women’s Rights Defenders in Iran On March 4th, thirty three women's rights defenders were arrested in Tehran during a peaceful gathering in front of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran. 07.03.2007 International Women’s Day Message This March 8th women in north and north eastern Uganda are hoping they can mark International Women’s Day amidst the renewal of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement between the rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda, due to expire on February 28th…. Gender Justice... The ICC is the first ever permanent international court established to deal with war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. The Court will promote the rule of law and ensure that those responsible for the gravest international crimes are brought to justice. The ICC will investigate and prosecute those most responsible for committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in times of war and armed conflict. The ICC is not part of the United Nations, but the Court does have an agreement with the UN to assist it in its’ investigations and operating with safety. The ICC operates independently because it is a court, it is an international mechanism for justice alongside but independent from the UN. The ICC was established by an international agreement, the Rome Statute, on July 17 1998. The Rome Statute sets out the Courts jurisdiction, structures and functions. The Rome Statute came into force, July 1 2002, when 60 states had ratified the Statute. Only crimes committed on or after this date can be prosecuted by the ICC.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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