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Yad Vashem, Yazidi activists seek to learn how to record their genocide

The project is a race against time, Elias said, because “the memory fades and they forget the details of what happened exactly.”

“In the first year, people were very focused and they could tell us exactly what happened to them,” he said, adding that some victims were able to name their IS perpetrators. “They tend to forget about the details and that’s why it’s critical for Yazda and supporters of this project… to create this archive.” Read more in the Time of Israel

Read more in The Times of Israel.

OAS Secretary General Designates Luis Moreno Ocampo as Special Adviser on Crimes against Humanity

"The citizens of Venezuela live in terror. And the terror has its origins in the state from a deliberate, methodical and systematic strategy. If the regime wants to jail someone, it jails them. If it decides to torture, it tortures. If it decides to murder, it murders. If they want to proceed with regular forces, or through paramilitary forces, it does not matter,” added the Secretary General.

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If You Want to See Political Swamps Drained, Look to Latin America

The spread of internet technology contributed to the increase in prosecutions and the rising tide of protest, said Luis Moreno-Ocampo, an Argentina-born New York lawyer who is the former president of Transparency International’s Latin America and Caribbean office.

“There’s more demand and there’s more ability to get information,” Moreno-Ocampo said. “South America is showing that democracy is working.”

Read more on Bloomberg News.

 

The ICC’s Afghanistan Investigation: The Missing Option

"The outcome of the legal process before the ICC is uncertain, but triggering legal discussion of the SOFA appears to be the only means by which the US could avoid a full ICC investigation of US personnel involved in the Afghanistan intervention. For that the SOFA must be presented to the Office of the Prosecutor so that the ICC’s designated authorities have an opportunity to rule on the matter.” 

Read the full article by Luis Moreno Ocampo in Lawfare.

Fast Company Names Yazda Top 10 Social Good Company

“In addition to its significant humanitarian work through its victim assistance center in Kurdistan, Iraq, Yazda has worked to raise the international profile of the Yazidi plight and advocated for formal recognition of a genocide by the International Criminal Court. In collaboration with Yazidi survivor and international spokeswoman Nadia Murad, former ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, and communications firm Uncommon Union, Yazda launched the “It’s On U” campaign to pressure governments to support the case and recruited human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to take it on.”

Read more on Fast Company.