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High level delegation from the Government of Afghanistan meets ICC Prosecutor about Afghanistan’s deferral application.

12th May 2021

H.E. Minister Mohammad Atmar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan led a high level delegation including the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General in a crucial meeting with the ICC Prosecutor at the seat of the Court in The Hague. The purpose of the meeting was to provide briefings and consider the Government’s application to defer the ICC investigation in the Afghanistan Situation to the national authorities. The decision on this matter is pending. The Government and its counsel were able to provide information about the national proceedings and address legal issues arising in the deferral proceedings.

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Academic Matthew Hedges issues civil proceedings in the High Court for his detention and torture in the UAE

11th May 2021

Matthew Hedges was arrested and detained three years ago while undertaking academic research for his PhD in the UAE. He spent 6 months in detention during which time he was tortured and forced to ‘confess’ to being a spy for the UK Government. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by the UAE courts, but released after his wife launched a public campaign to have him freed.

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