War crimes in Ukraine, evictions in the West Bank, child labor, Yemen… Monday’s news


Coordination in investigations into war crimes in Ukraine is “of utmost importance”

The special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Morris Tidball-Binz, has asked the international community for support and close collaboration with the investigations carried out by Ukraine into the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the context of the Russian armed attack.

The expert considers it “of the utmost importance” that the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office, which directs the investigations in the country, receives all the necessary resources to ensure proper coordination.

In addition, international mechanisms and initiatives must take into account ongoing national evidence-gathering processes, the UN expert said.

“If responsibilities and efforts are not coordinated between different agencies, there is a considerable risk of overlap and duplication to the detriment of the effectiveness and efficiency of investigations,” Tidball-Binz said.

Proper coordination can also avoid increasing the trauma of the victims and the witnesses for being interviewed several times.

A group of UN human rights experts called on Israel to stop the forced evictions of the Palestinian communities of Masafer Yatta, in the occupied West Bank.

“Following the ruling by the Israeli High Court of Justice earlier this month, some 1,200 Palestinian residents of Masafer Yatta, including 500 children, are at imminent risk of forced evictions, arbitrary displacement and forced relocation, a serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law“, the experts highlighted in a statement.

The Supreme Court of Justice of Israel rejected on May 4 the appeals on the eviction orders. The decision ends a judicial process that has lasted more than two decades and that authorizes Israeli forces to use the area for military training.

Experts believe that the judicial system “gives the Israeli government carte blanche to perpetuate the practice of systematic oppression of Palestinians“.

They added that Israel has not shown any “compelling military necessity” that compels it to vacate the area and concluded that “displacement of the communities of Masafer Yatta may therefore constitute a war crime.

An international conference tries to stop the increase in child labor

South Africa hosts the 5th World Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor with the aim of launching urgent measures to counteract the increase in this practice, after the pandemic.

The latest figures from the International Labor Organization show that 160 million children -nearly 1 in 10 children worldwide- continue to work. The numbers are rising and the pandemic threatens to reverse years of progress. Child labor has grown especially in the age group from 5 to 11 years.
It is the first time that the Conference has been held in Africa, a region where child labor is highest and progress is slowest. The majority of child labor on the continent – around 70% – takes place in agriculture, often in settings where children work alongside their families.

Commercial flights resume in Yemen after six years

The UN special envoy for Yemen welcomed the resumption of commercial flights from the capital’s main airport after six years.

Hans Grunberg pointed out that the first flight who left Sana’a airport, controlled by the Houthis, has been a key part of last month’s truce agreement.

The flight took off shortly after 9 a.m. local time for Amman, Jordan, with 130 Yemeni passengers.

“I hope this provides some relief to Yemenis who need to seek medical treatment abroadpursue educational and business opportunities, or reunite with loved ones,” the special envoy said.

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