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ICC update

[29 February 2020] – On 20 December 2019, the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) concluded her 5-year preliminary examination into Palestine and announced that “there is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes have been or are being committed”.

Access to minors now restricted in the military courts

[19 January 2019] - Until recently public access to hearings in Israeli military courts in the West Bank was generally permitted upon application. The practice now appears to be the most hearings involving children are closed, even when this is against the wishes of the child's parents.

The case for forcible transfer of children at the ICC

[7 January 2020] – On 20 December 2019, the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) concluded her 5-year preliminary examination into Palestine. If the court does have jurisdiction one case that is likely to come under investigation is the forcible transfer of children from the West Bank in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

ICC Prosecutor announces reasonable basis to investigate war crimes - jurisdiction to be determined by the Court

[21 December 2019] – On 20 December the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that the Prosecutor is satisfied that there is a reasonable basis to initiate an investigation into the situation in Palestine and has referred the question of territorial jurisdiction to the Court.

Forcible transfer of children continues 5-years after ICC initiates preliminary examination

[17 December 2019] – On 5 December 2019, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, published her annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities. The Report details activities carried out by the Office of the Prosecutor between December 2018 and November 2019.


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