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TRACKs trial continues as detainees near their 6th month of detention

(17 November 2016) Three leading civil society activists will soon reach their sixth month of detention on baseless charges related solely to their work and affiliation with the Centre for Training and Human Development (TRACKs), a Khartoum-based organisation that provides training on a variety of topics from information technology to human rights. The detainees - TRACKs Director Khalafalla al Afif Mukhtar, together with trainer Midhat Afif al-Deen Hamdan, and the director of another organisation, Alzarqaa Organisation for Rural Development, Mustafa Adam – face charges together with seven other activists affiliated with TRACKs in two overlapping criminal cases. Six members of the group, including the three detainees, are currently standing trial.

Our organisations have serious concerns that not only are the charges baseless but that the court proceedings have not met international and regional standards on the right to a fair trial, including the right to a public hearing. The defendents have not been provided with a written list of the charges they face

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Rights in Exile Newsletter
December 2016

In this issue:

Articles

The politics of protection and the right to food in protracted refugee situations

Post-deportation risks in times of externalised border control

Short Pieces

UNHCR welcomes Kenya statement, urges flexibility on timeframes for Somali refugees

Press statement by the Nigeria High Commission on returns from the United Kingdom

Lawyers for Human Rights to challenge constitutionality of immigration detention laws

Letters to the Editor

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Victims Rights Working Group: Recommendations to the 15th Assembly of States Parties

(16 November 2016) The Victims Rights Working Group is a informal network of national and international civil society groups and experts created in 1997 of which IRRI is a member. This publication articulates the group's recommendations to the 15th Assembly of States Parties of the Rome Statute taking place in the Hague 16-24 November 2016.

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African Civil Society Voices Support for the International Criminal Court

(14 November 2016) To the Presidents of African States Parties to the International Criminal Court, We write to commend your government for its membership and support for the International Criminal Court, and to encourage your government to offer greater support to the court in the wake of the withdrawals from the ICC by South Africa, Burundi, and Gambia. In recent years, the ICC has come under significant attack. The inability of the ICC to have authority over crimes committed in some powerful countries and their allies is a cause of deep concern, even as claims that the ICC is targeting Africa are not supported by the facts.

A particular challenge is that the United States, China, and Russia have not joined the ICC, and they have blocked Security Council action to send crimes to the ICC that are committed in states that have not joined the court. Our organisations are committed to working to expand the reach of the ICC to ensure justice for serious crimes wherever they are committed.

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