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Ali Muhammad Ali Abd – Al-Rahman, accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur, appears for the first time before the International Criminal Court

Ali Muhammad Ali Abd – Al-Rahman is said to have led thousands of militiamen / Janjaweed under his command from approximately August 2003 to March 2004, allegedly responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Mr. Abd – Al-Rahman was transferred to the custody of the International Criminal Court on June 9, 2020, after having voluntarily surrendered in the Central African Republic. On June 15, 2020, he made his first appearance before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court.

Félicien Kabuga, accused of genocide and crime against humanity in Rwanda, appeared before the Paris Court of Appeals investigative chamber

On May 16, 2020, Félicien Kabuga, alleged “financer” of the Rwandan genocide, was arrested in the Paris region. On May 20th, he appeared before the investigating chamber of Paris Court of Appeal and on June 3, the Court authorized his transfer to the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Courts (MTPI), in The Hague or in Arusha. Mr. Kabuga, accused of genocide and crimes against humanity committed between April 6 and July 17, 1994 in the Rwandan region of Kimironko (Kigali), appealed to the Court of Cassation, wishing to “be tried in France”.

The worrying impact of the coronavirus outbreak on detainees

On March 25, 2020, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former French Health Minister Michelle Bachelet urged governments to allow some inmates to be let out of detention facilities amid the coronavirus outbreak. She stated that “in many countries, detention facilities are overcrowded, in some cases dangerously so. People are often held in unhygienic conditions and health services are inadequate or even non-existent. Physical distancing and self-isolation in such conditions are practically impossible”.[1]


ICC: Authorisation to investigate the crimes committed in Afghanistan

On 5 March 2020, the ICC Appeals Chamber (AC) authorised the opening of an investigation into the crimes alleged to have been committed on the territory of Afghanistan since 1 May 2003, as well as other alleged crimes that have a nexus to the armed conflict in Afghanistan and are sufficiently linked to the situation in Afghanistan and were committed on the territory of other States Parties to the Rome Statute since 1 July 2002.