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5 february 2021

United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake writes in a Medium post, “When Amanda Gorman took the stage…at the inauguration of Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States of America, the world was left in awe. Amanda’s poem, ‘The Hill We Climb,’ struck the hearts of millions, as her words carried truth and hope so beautifully without undermining the struggles that we have all faced. … We can only hope that the world will continue to always be this welcoming to young people, their ideas and their voices even when the celebration is over. … The leverage of our age is often only acknowledged when we accomplish the extraordinary against all odds, while instead being a barrier when we wish to occupy spaces to fight for our future.”

The Global Justice Center says in an update that a “final decision at the UN’s top court in the legal battle against Myanmar for the alleged genocide of Rohingya Muslims could be delayed, as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is first set to rule on objections filed by Myanmar.” A legal summary prepared by the Global Justice Center “stated that Myanmar has raised objections over whether the western African country of Gambia was eligible to file the November 2019 case alleging that Myanmar’s atrocities against the Rohingya in Rakhine state violate the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.”

Maria-Elena Vignoli, who focuses on International Criminal Court (ICC) and justice issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo at Human Rights Watch, and Milena Sterio of Cleveland State University’s Marshall College of Law, discussed the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC on the Asymmetrical Haircuts podcast.

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