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Palestine’s accession to the Rome Statute and other international instruments By Nicolas Boeglin 11 January 2015

Last January 6th, the United Nations Secretary General issued a note indicating that the Rome Statute, the treaty that establishes the International Criminal Court (ICC), will enter into force in relation to the State of Palestine on April 1st 2015 (see official note of the Secretary General acting as depositary of Rome Statute). On January 7th, 2015, the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute welcomed the deposit by Palestine of the instrument of accession as well as the agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court (APIC) (see official ICC press release). On the very same day, the ICC Registrar sent a letter to the Palestinian authorities (see letter) confirming the reception of a declaration made pursuant to article 12(3) of the Rome Statute: “Excellency, I hereby confirm receipt, on 1 January 2015, of your 31 December 2014 “Declaration Accepting the Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court” which was lodged with me pursuant to article 12(3) of the Rome Statute, and in which you state that “the Government of the State of Palestine recognizes the jurisdiction of the Court for the purpose of identifying, prosecuting and judging authors and accomplices of crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court committed in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, since 13 June 2014.”

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A Small Section of the World: A Taste of Costa Rica by Dr. Steeve Coupeau 16 November 2014

One of the best films in this 2014 Edition is A Small Section of the World. Directed by Lesley Chilcott, this film tells the story of Asomobi, a women-led coffee cooperative that put Costa Rica on the map for its coffee. The cooperative was formed because of a lack of opportunities. At the beginning, the women had no land, facing discouragingly low coffee prices. Yet they took up the challenge of producing coffee.

 

Coffee was a good choice as it connects people of different cultures. A few years later, the Asomobi brand is fully developed as the company now exports to Trieste-based world known coffee brand Illy. DOCNYC runs through November 20, 2014.

‘US should respond to public demands for greater police accountability – United Nations 6 December 2014

In the wake of a grand jury decision in New York yesterday not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed man, in July, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the United States to do “anything possible to respond to demands of greater accountability.'

“We are obviously aware of what is going on here in our backyard,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric responding to questions at the daily press briefing at UN Headquarters. He said the Secretary-General’s thoughts are with the families of Mr. Garner, a Staten Island resident, and the people of New York.

 

“I think the case is again focusing on the attention of accountability of law enforcement officials,” he added, welcoming the announcement by the US Justice Department of opening a civil rights investigation in the case.

“I think I would just add that we’ve seen a lot of demonstrations here in New York. [Mr. Ban] would urge the [protestors] to demonstrate peacefully, and for the authorities for the respect of those demonstrators to do so peacefully,” the spokesperson said.