[TODAY] Draft law doesn’t bar meetings by groups with foreigners who have no control over them: MHA

30 September 2021

Published SEPTEMBER 26, 2021

  • MHA made these clarifications in response to concerns from human rights groups Maruah and Think Centre
  • They had questioned whether their activities will come under greater scrutiny under the proposed law on foreign interference
  • MHA said the intent of Fica is not to stifle political expression or activity but to prevent foreign influence via local proxies 

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/draft-foreign-interference-law-does-not-bar-meetings-maruah-and-think-centre-foreigners-no


[TODAY] Maruah, Think Centre criticise draft foreign interference law, raise concern about uncertainty over their activities

30 September 2021

Published SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

  • Two non-governmental organisations here will be deemed “politically significant persons” once a draft law on foreign influence is passed
  • One of them, Maruah, questioned whether it would be prohibited from meeting with counterparts from other Southeast Asian nations 
  • The other, Think Centre, said the Bill paints Singaporeans as “people who cannot think for themselves”
  • The Government has said the law will strengthen its ability to detect and counter foreign interference in domestic politics

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/maruah-think-centre-criticise-draft-foreign-interference-law-raise-concern-about


Dr Tan Cheng Bock on the proposed Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act 2021

30 September 2021

[MARUAH] International Criminal Court Review Process in 2021 – Assessing and implementing the experts’ recommendations

13 May 2021

The ICC Review Mechanism

In early 2021 States Parties appointed Ambassador Paul Van Den Ijssel (Netherlands), based in The Hague, and Ambassador Michael Kanu (Sierra Leone), based in New York, as the State party representatives heading the ICC Review Mechanism.  States parties also appointed three regional country focal points: Bangladesh, Chile, and Poland.

The Mechanism is mandated to:

  • Submit a proposal for the categorization of the IER recommendations by 30 April, to the ASP Bureau.
  • Submit a proposed action plan to the Bureau by 30 June. The proposed action plan should:

–   Allocate the IER recommendations to the relevant court organs and ASP thematic focal points, facilitations, and working groups for their considerations. The Mechanism is expected to deal with the rest of the recommendations;

–   Prioritize the IER recommendations; and

–   Set deadlines for the consideration of the IER recommendations.

  • Regularly brief States Parties on its progress and submit a report on the review process to the ASP ahead of the 20th session of the Assembly of States Parties.

Proposal for the categorization of the IER recommendations

On 29 April 2021, the ICC Review Mechanism submitted its “Proposal for the categorization of the IER recommendations and remaining review issues” to the ASP Bureau, together with an Introductory note.

The Review Mechanism also published the Comments on categorization submitted by:


Background

A review of the ICC’s performance for a strengthened Court and Rome Statute System

In 2018 the Rome Statute celebrated its 20th anniversary. States Parties, Court officials, civil society and other key stakeholders reflected then on the achievements and the challenges of the ICC and the Rome Statute system. The ICC’s own shortcomings had become evident: limited success of the Prosecution in the courtroom, with a low conviction rate, taking into account the number of cases investigated; limited impact in the countries concerned; lack of an adequate level of cooperation; among others.That triggered discussions on steps to strengthen the Courtand the Rome Statute system.

In 2019, this led to the launch of a review of the functioning of the court’s and the Rome Statute system.

For more information, please visit https://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/review-icc-and-rome-statute-system.


[Repost] 2021 First Quarter News Updates from RWG

6 May 2021

[Repost] Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism – January News Updates

11 February 2021

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