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Genocide Network meetings

Meetings of the European Network of contact points in respect of persons responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes

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Twenty-third meeting of the  Genocide Network, 25-27 October 2017
Conclusions

  • Accountability for crimes in Syria – the UN International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM)
  • Effective cooperation between Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and national authorities in investigating and prosecuting core international crime
  • Documentation methodologies of NGOs and modalities of sharing collected information with national authorities
  • The use of NGOs documentation and information by national authorities in domestic proceedings
  • Benefits and risks to collaboration between NGOs and national authorities
  • Areas of NGOs support to the work of national authorities: advocacy, research, outreach, support of victims and capacity building
  • Monitoring the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine by OSCE and its legal assessment
  • Initiative for a new Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition for domestic prosecution of core international crimes
 

Twenty-second meeting of the Genocide Network, 29th - 30th March 2017
Conclusions

  • Recent advancements of the EU agencies in the field of fighting impunity and resulting synergies and potential for improved cooperation
  • Current trends in immigration flow and FRONTEX’s support to national authorities investigating and prosecuting core international crimes
  • EASO Network on exclusion of refugees according Art 1F of the 1951 Refugee Convention (‘1F Network’) and possible support to national authorities fighting impunity
  • Report of Europol’s activities towards implementing the new competencies on core international crimes and presentation of tools, products and deliverables
  • Immigrant smuggling and the link with the fight against impunity: role of Eurojust in international judicial cooperation
  • Specific challenges in relation to the situation in Syria and Northern Iraq: presentation of recent cases from Germany and Sweden
  • Establishment of the UN International, Independent and Impartial Mechanism for investigating persons responsible for the most serious crimes under international law committed in Syria since March 2011
  • Mandate and findings of OHCHR Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea
  • Initiative for a new Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition for domestic prosecution of core international crimes
  • Update on activities of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations
  • Budgetary situation at Eurojust and implications for the Network
 

Twenty-first meeting of the Genocide Network, 12th – 13th October 2016
Conclusions

  • Investigation and prosecution of crimes related to looting and destruction of cultural heritage in actual conflict areas as core international crimes
  • Protection of cultural heritage in armed conflicts from the perspective of international humanitarian law
  • Alternative legal approaches to the investigation and prosecution of the destruction and looting of antiquities in the context of national law
  • Investigating and prosecuting crimes committed against cultural heritage at the level of ICC and ICTY
  • Monitoring, documenting and fact-finding activities related to the current situation in Syria and Iraq concerning the destruction and looting of cultural heritage
  • Collecting information and documenting of stolen artefacts from current conflict areas. Views on the possible routes and volume of illicit trade in cultural property
  • Council of Europe’s initiative for a Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property
 

Twentieth meeting of the Genocide Network, 24th-25th May 2016
Conclusions

  • Launch of the first annual EU Day Against Impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes on 23 May 2016, jointly organised by the Netherlands EU Presidency, the European Commission, the Network and Eurojust
  • Kosovo Special Investigation Task Force to combat impunity for atrocities committed in Kosovo and the establishment of the new Kosovo Tribunal
  • Initiative for a survey on specialised units for investigating, prosecuting and trying core international crimes in the EU Network Member and Observer States and implementation of rights of victims in such proceedings
  • Report of Europol on the inclusion of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in their future scope of competence
  • The future competencies of Eurojust, with an explicit reference to the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes
  • Network’s intention to set up a Working Group, including members of Eurojust and Europol, to explore and propose a line of action, taking into account the new context and the new possibilities offered by Europol and Eurojust
  • Criminal proceedings against leaders of the FDLR in Germany, demonstrating the specifics connected with criminal proceedings regarding core international crimes on domestic level
  • Difficulties encountered by the legal representation of victims in core international crimes cases
  • Potential of civil society in addressing specific challenges related to investigations and prosecutions of core international crimes
  • Initiative for a new Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition for domestic prosecution of the core international crimes
  • Implementation of the first training programme on core international crimes for judges and prosecutors at EU level on 30 November and 1 and 2 December 2015 in The Hague
  • Significant increase in number of cases in the investigative or prosecutorial phase in the majority of jurisdictions present in the Network, requiring additional resources
 

Nineteenth meeting of the Genocide Network, 21st-22nd October 2015
Conclusions

  • International humanitarian law criteria for categorization of armed conflicts into international or non-international, combatant status, the criteria for the fundamental distinction between civilians and combatants, including the notion of a continuous combatant function, and the clarification of the crucial notion of direct participation of civilians in hostilities in contemporary conflicts
  • Prosecuting diverse participants of contemporary armed conflicts under various sets of legislation relating to core international crimes, to ordinary crimes and to crimes relating to counter terrorism
  • Mercenaries, private military and security companies and foreign fighters in the perspective of international humanitarian law
  • European Investigation Order (EIO)
  • Report and findings of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka’s armed conflict
  • Implementation of the first training programme on core international crimes for judges and prosecutors at the EU level in cooperation with the European Judicial training Network (EJTN)
  • Initiative for a new Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition for domestic prosecution of the core international crimes
 

Eighteenth meeting of the Genocide Network, 22nd-23rd April 2015
Conclusions

  • Open source information and earth observation systems in core international crimes
  • Confidentiality as a principle of the International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council fact-finding bodies
  • Adoption of the Proposal to European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) for a Training Programme on core international crimes
  • Initiative for a new Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition for domestic prosecution of the core international crimes
 

Seventeenth meeting of the Genocide Network, 30th-31st October 2014
Conclusions

  • Financial investigations and asset recovery in cases of core international crimes
  • Cooperation with the Registry of the ICC
  • Crimes committed in Syria
  • Adoption of the Strategy of the Genocide Network to combat impunity for the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes within the European Union and its Member States
  • Exploring a joint training programme with the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN)
  • Initiative for a new Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition for the domestic prosecution of core international crimes
 

Sixteenth meeting of the Genocide Network, 21st-22nd May 2014
Conclusions

  • Establishing a Network of specialised prosecutors in Africa – activities of the African Union
  • Sexual and gender-based violent crimes under international criminal law
  • Initiative for the International Protocol on the Investigation and Documentation of Sexual Violence in Conflict
  • Manual for the investigation and prosecution of crimes of sexual violence
  • Sexual Violence against Males
 

Fifteenth meeting of the Genocide Network, 29th-30th October 2013
Conclusions

  • Accession of Croatia - experiences in prosecuting serious international crimes
  • Criminal responsibility of corporations and business persons for serious international crimes
  • Initiative for improved EU engagement in the fight against impunity in the field of Justice and Home Affairs
 

Fourteenth meeting of the Genocide Network, 17th-18th April 2013
Conclusions

  • International rules on the immunity of State officials from the criminal jurisdiction of a foreign State
  • Genocide Network information sharing tools
  • Initiative for a new Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition for domestic prosecution of core international crimes
 

Thirteenth meeting of the Genocide Network, 7th-8th November 2012
Conclusions

  • Enhancing cooperation between immigration authorities and law enforcement/prosecution services in investigating and prosecuting core international crimes
  • Collecting information on crimes in the ongoing conflict in Syria
  • Establishing joint investigation teams in cases of core international crimes
 

Twelfth meeting of the Genocide Network, 24th-25th April 2012
Conclusions

  • Immigration procedures and the identification of perpetrators, victims and witnesses
  • Requirements for the effective investigation/prosecution of cases based on Article 1F of the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees
  • Cooperation with immigration authorities
  • The case of the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’) on the ‘Obligation to Prosecute or Extradite’ (Belgium v. Senegal) and its implications for national prosecution authorities
 

Eleventh meeting of the Genocide Network, 23rd-24th November 2011
Conclusions

  • Evaluation of Council Decisions 2002/494/JHA and 2003/335/JHA
  • International legal cooperation between States
  • Protection of witnesses
 

Tenth meeting of the Genocide Network, 28th-29th April 2011
Conclusions

  • The role of coordinator of the Genocide Network’s Secretariat
  • The international framework for international legal cooperation
  • EU developments regarding the Genocide Network
  • Tools for asset confiscation and recovery
 

Ninth meeting of the Genocide Network, 14th-15th October 2010
Conclusions

  • International Legal Cooperation between States
  • The application of extraterritorial jurisdiction by States
  • Protection and identification of witnesses
  • The specific status of the ICRC
  • State of play of international tribunals
 

Eighth meeting of the Genocide Network, 27th–28th May 2010
Conclusions

  • Cooperation between States
  • Cooperation between States and International Tribunals
  • The Stockholm Programme and the Action Plan – implications for the Genocide Network
 

Seventh meeting of the Genocide Network, 7th December 2009
Conclusions are unavailable for this meeting

  • Cooperation with Rwandan authorities
  • Future meetings and work programme
  • The role of the Secretariat
  • Role, tasks and other needs of the contact points
 

Sixth meeting of the Genocide Network, 23rd-24th April 2009
Conclusions

  • Accountability of Rwandan genocide suspects – issues and challenges
  • Relationship between Eurojust and the EU Genocide Network
  • Developments regarding the EU/African Union relationship
  • Legal Aspects of Investigation/Prosecution of genocide and war crime cases in the EU Member States and Observer Countries
  • Gathering and transfer of evidence from the ground to the courts; Victims and Witnesses protection
  • Establishment and role of specialised national/international units, immigration departments and Interpol
  • Maintaining a strong relationship with the ad hoc tribunals and the ICC
  • Ensuring the proper functioning of the EU Genocide Network
  • The role of the Secretariat within Eurojust under the new Eurojust decision
 

Fifth meeting of the Genocide Network, 17th–18th March 2008
Conclusions

  • Current war crimes prosecutions in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Croatia
  • Judicial cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • Experiences of the European Union and observer countries in the prosecution of international crimes committed in the Balkans
 

Fourth meeting of the Genocide Network, 7th-8th May 2007
Conclusions

  • Practice of investigations and trials in Rwanda by Rwandan authorities
  • The completion strategy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  • Victims and witnesses in the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed in Rwanda
  • The role of NGOs in identifying witnesses and victims and encouraging cooperation
 

Third meeting of the Genocide Network, 22nd-23rd May 2006
Conclusions

  • Cooperation between the Genocide Network, the Institutions of the European Union and EU Member States' liaison officers
  • The War Crimes Database of Interpol
  • The ICC Legal Tools Project
  • The role of NGOs in investigations into genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes
  • The role of civil society in monitoring trials of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, both nationally and internationally
  • Cooperation between war crime units and ethnic groups
 

Second meeting of the Genocide Network, 28th-29th June 2005
Conclusions

  • Cooperation with Interpol
  • Arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Tribunals
 

First meeting of the Genocide Network, 23rd-24th November 2004
Conclusions

  • The ICC and Member States  – complementarity in practice
  • National experiences with the prosecution of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity