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29 september 2020

— The Financial Times interviews International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, writing that during her tenure, the ICC “has secured more convictions than under its first prosecutor, the Argentine lawyer Luis Moreno Ocampo, partly by taking on more winnable cases. Though some have collapsed, the court convicted Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, an Islamist militant, for destroying monuments in the Malian city of Timbuktu in 2012, and Germain Katanga, a warlord, for complicity in a 2003 massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bensouda has also widened the geographical scope of an institution that had been criticised for targeting Africans and put more emphasis on combating sexual and gender-based violence.”

— The Mondialist expresses skepticism about the declaration issued by the United Nations to mark its 75th anniversary, in which “the representatives of the UN member states affirmed their intention ‘to continue to promote respect for democracy and human rights and to strengthen democratic governance and the rule of law.’ … The United Nations has not yet succeeded in implementing the firm decision to save future generations from the scourge of war, as expressed 75 years ago in the preamble of the UN Charter. Compared to the current real world situation, the text of the Declaration sounds like the background noise of a parallel universe.”

— Parliamentarians for Global Action will host “a discussion on access to effective legal representation in capital cases and what actions legislators can take to address and remedy this issue in their respective countries and globally” in advance of the 18th World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10. The webinar, which will feature Malaysian Member of Parliament Kasthuri Patto and Parvais Jabbar of the Death Penalty Project, will take place on October 9 at 08:30 UTC.

— The Association of World Citizens website runs a profile of the organization’s founding president, Douglas Mattern, who in 1975 “brought together individuals who considered themselves as Citizens of the World; but were working within a host of other prize organizations. He has since died, but his efforts for world citizen diplomacy has continued and expanded.”

— Democracy Without Borders has posted a series of videos of officials and stakeholders from around the world backing global democracy and a parliamentary assembly at the United Nations. Three of the most recent ones are below:

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