rue Plétinckx / Pletinckxstraat 7
On 20 December 2019, Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), announced that there is sufficient evidence to investigate alleged war crimes committed in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
The announcement followed a five year preliminary investigation into alleged crimes by both Israeli forces and Palestinian resistance groups, and signalled that the court was preparing to open a formal investigation. This decision has been portrayed as a major landmark in international efforts to bring justice to Palestine and hold perpetrators accountable.
However, criticisms have highlighted that the current investigation includes numerous omissions, treats Israel and Palestine as equal parties, while questions around the jurisdiction of the Court still remain.
In this edition of Café Palestine we are pleased to invite Mr Alexis Deswaef, lawyer at the Brussels Bar and at the ICC, vice-president of the FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), who will analyze the last developments regarding Palestine at the ICC. Mr. Mahmoud Abu Rahma, human rights activist from Gaza, will further discuss the details of these developments and what they mean for justice in Palestine.
The event will be in English | Free entrance.