Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review 2019: Evidentiary challenges in UJ cases

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FIDH is publishing today a joint report reviewing universal jurisdiction (UJ) cases and developments in 2018 around the world. Analyzing 60 cases across 16 countries, the fifth Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review (UJAR) proves that in 2018 universal jurisdiction has been a powerful tool to curb impunity for international crimes. Thanks to this groundbreaking legal concept – allowing the prosecution of the worst atrocities worldwide – over 140 suspects were brought under scrutiny for their acts.

For its fifth edition, the Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review (UJAR) focuses on the evidentiary challenges of investigating and prosecuting core international crimes remotely. Mass crimes, remote locations, protection of victims and witnesses, procedural obstacles, outreach. Those are just some of the challenges inherent to universal jurisdiction (UJ) cases. From gathering evidence to tracking down suspects, each step of the process is long, complex, often frustrating and sometimes downright dangerous. This is why it is important to join forces in order to ensure that States implement their international obligations in terms of fight against impunity and that no State remains a safe haven for perpetrators of international crimes.

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About the Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review

The Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review has been researched and written by Valérie Paulet, Project Coordinator at TRIAL International, in collaboration with FIDH, REDRESS, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), and the International Foundation Baltasar Garzón (FIBGAR). It benefited from the generous support of the City of Geneva, the Oak Foundation and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.

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