Palestinian civil society urges the ICC to act

Palestinian civil society urges the ICC to act
Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague
24.07.17
Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague

Lawyers representing 448 named victims and 42 Palestinian civil society organizations have presented to International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda a thick file of complaints against Israeli settlement, its blockade of Gaza and the war of summer 2014. They are urging the Prosecutor to speed up proceedings and asking her to open an investigation.  “This is the first time the people have turned to the Court,” said French...

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