Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review 2021: A year like no other? The impact of coronavirus on universal jurisdiction – World

The year 2020 will remain in memories, by and large, as a period unlike any other. The covid-19 pandemic has turned around countless lives, and continues to do so as we write these lines. State institutions worldwide, including judicial bodies, have had to drastically change their functioning and priorities. With so many activities coming to a brutal halt, have cases related to universal jurisdiction (UJ) also stalled? Luckily, far from it.

While the pandemic has had an impact on UJ cases, it has been more of a reorganization than a complete halt. As the next pages show, many cases did move forward and new suspects were brought to justice. Put differently, even a global health crisis did not imperil the use of UJ across the world –proof, if ever it was needed, of the solidity of the progress made in the last years (see previous UJARs for details).

“Past the first few weeks in spring when the whole world was taken aback, the judicial community has rapidly adapted” summarizes Valérie Paulet, Legal Consultant at TRIAL International and Editor of the UJAR. “Prosecutors, judges and NGOs reacted quickly and developed creative ways of carrying out their work. Their agility and the extra effort they put in must be saluted.”

Strengthening remote investigations

Unsurprisingly, field investigations were considerably limited by national lockdowns and movement restrictions. Even when international travel was allowed between lockdowns, fact-finding missions require a freedom of movement on the ground that could hardly be met. Some ongoing investigations which relied on the capacity of witnesses, victims, investigators and judges to travel abroad either slowed down or stalled. Countries were not equally affected, as the German example below demonstrates.

NGOs in particular, whose investigations rely on flexibility and adaptability, had to find new ways of getting in touch with victims and witnesses. “We relied even more heavily than before on our networks”, explains Bénédict De Moerloose, Head of International Investigations and Litigation at TRIAL International. “Local partners initiated contact with victims and witnesses and created an initial bond, then we would meet them via secure video calls. A certain level of trust was already there. On the plus side, it brought us even closer to our collaborators in the field.”

Remote meetings presented other advantages: victims and witnesses could talk from their homes, reducing risks of being overheard or followed. Being in a familiar space was also comforting for vulnerable individuals, who could share their experiences in a safe environment. In some instances, the objects or souvenirs surrounding them in their homes prompted memories that helped to establish facts. Likewise, a new emphasis was put on complementary investigative methods, such as satellite imagery and online tracking.

Security, the cornerstone of remote investigations

On the investigators’ side, online interviews meant they could speak to witnesses spread throughout the world in a single day, speeding up their work considerably. This came with a sine qua non: additional efforts were made to ensure understanding, consent and, of course, the utmost security for interviewees.

Guaranteeing the confidentiality of remote discussions has always been a primary concern, but the pandemic has encouraged all actors to go even further. Both NGOs and domestic authorities have taken unprecedented measures to ensure all communications were safe and confidential. Yet this is merely the tip of the iceberg: as the pandemic sweeps across the globe, it is unlikely that interviews will be carried out face-to-face again in the near future. All professionals must prepare to keep up these efforts in the long run. And security, especially online, is never permanently acquired.
Despite rapid adaptations, investigations unquestionably slowed down in 2020. The number of trials, on the other hand, was remarkable in spite of the exceptional circumstances.

Reaping the efforts from previous years

Eighteen new cases went to trial in 2020, bringing the total to 30 ongoing trials. What is perhaps the most prominent trial in recent years opened in Germany against Syrians Anwar R. and Eyad A. (see p. 48). It made the international headlines and was unanimously hailed as a significant step against impunity for State crimes. Other high-profile cases include Fabien Neretsé in Belgium, Roger Lumbala in France and Alieu Kosiah in Switzerland.

For Christian Ritscher, a German Federal Public Prosecutor: “2020 was definitely a year of trials, in which the investigative efforts of the previous years have come together.” On the other hand, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) regrets that cases in France were hit by many more delays, explained precisely because investigations had been slacking for years. Most of the cases opened in 2020 could move forward thanks to fact-finding and evidence- gathering missions conducted beforehand. The pandemic and its consequences have emphasized the need for investigations to be conducted as swiftly and thoroughly as possible so that the cases can move ahead when/if the context evolves. This lesson also applies to investigations in unstable zones, which may become inaccessible within a matter of days.

Case-by-case arbitration

In some instances, the public health crisis has resulted in the provisional liberation of suspects (see e.g., Mahamat Nouri, p. 38). Although this publication highlights the progress in fighting impunity, there is no doubt that the rights of the accused are equally important to building credible justice: “All legal actors have at heart the fairness and efficiency of justice, including the authors of the UJAR. The purpose is not to punish indiscriminately, and certainly not to bypass the rights of the defense in order to do so”, says Valérie Paulet. No shortcuts, no cutting corners.

Similarly, in a context where contact is synonymous with danger, summonses to court had to be vetted as absolutely necessary. Prosecuting authorities have had to weigh even more carefully than usual which acts–or whose presence–could not be done without. With fewer people allowed in the courtroom and limitations on victims’ and witness’ travels, a case-by-case set-up had to be defined for each hearing.

This is a cautious approach that has paid off: in the trial against Anwar R. and Eyad A. in Germany, just one of the 52 trial days had to be cancelled due to a covid-19 suspicion. Much like “traditional” security parameters, the do no harm principle extended to anticontamination measures and prevailed even in the most sensitive cases.

The year 2020 has been a sobering one. Sanitary considerations have been added to the many difficulties of using universal jurisdiction. Despite all this, the cases presented in this UJAR prove that States have risen to the challenge and that justice will not keel.

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How new CDC travel guidelines for the vaccinated could impact Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new travel guidelines for fully vaccinated people Friday, loosening some of the restrictions that have been in place for months.

The CDC’s new guidelines come as more people travel in and out of Utah for spring break and the Easter holiday weekend. Nancy Volmer, a spokesperson for the Salt Lake City International Airport, said numbers are up from this time last year.

“We have been averaging about 20,000 people coming through the front door [every day],” Volmer said. “That’s not quite up to the pre-pandemic levels, but it’s getting close.”

She said daily traffic is only down about 6,000 people per day from 2019. Volmer expects the new guidelines from the CDC will draw more people in.

“Just having more people vaccinated will add to that comfort level for those who are already traveling, but then for those who have maybe been hesitant to travel, it will actually make them feel a little more comfortable,” she added.

On Friday morning, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people will no longer need to get a COVID-19 test before or after travel within the U.S., stating, “fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19.”

Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens traveling internationally won’t need to show a negative test to get back into the country, and people will no longer need to quarantine after getting to their destination inside the country, or when returning from international travel.

The CDC suggests avoiding international travel for those who are not vaccinated, and it is continuing to push mask wearing, social distancing and diligent hand washing.

“I think it probably makes it much more relaxing to know that once you’re vaccinated and you’ve had your two-week period, travel or being around friends and family is much less problematic,” said Audrey Simons, who was visiting Utah from Los Angeles with her family.

The new guidelines only apply to people who are two weeks out from receiving their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or a single shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Volmer said regardless of whether they are vaccinated, travelers should remain diligent with health safety protocols.

“We’ve done everything from adding plexiglass shields to additional hand sanitizer stations,” she said. “You know, we’ve added the reminders to physically distance, of course face masks are required while traveling through the airport or on an airplane.”

FOX 13 spoke with a few people traveling through the Salt Lake City International Airport Friday who said the new rules make it feel like life is beginning to get back to normal.

“It’s news to us because we’ve been flying since 6 a.m.,” said Greg Congdon. “But that sounds really good!”

“I think it’s a good thing because, like, I think this COVID situation pretty much has people in jail,” said Ethan Archer. “And pretty much, like, stop people from…living the life they want to live.”

Volmer said the airport expects numbers to be at 85% of pre-pandemic levels by May, and exceeding those levels come summer.

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Governor Cuomo Reminds New Yorkers to Use Extreme Caution While Traveling as Winter Storm Will Impact New York Through Friday Night

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded New Yorkers to be extremely cautious when traveling over the next 48 hours as a winter storm system is expected to create hazardous conditions on roadways. Despite losing strength as it moved towards the northeast, the system is still forecast to bring up to 8 inches of snow in some locations throughout the Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, New York City and Long Island regions by Friday. New Yorkers should stay alert and limit travel in order for snow plow operators to safely clear snow and ice without worry of traffic congestion.


“New York’s emergency management officials have been tracking this current storm for several days now, and while it appears to have reduced in strength, it still has the potential to create hazardous travel conditions, especially downstate,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York’s road crews are second to none and they will get the job done – they just need room to work. So, as the snow continues to intensify, New Yorkers should do their best to avoid unnecessary travel, and if you must drive somewhere, please do so as safely as possible and be sure to give plows the space they need.”


Light snow has already begun in portions of the Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, New York City and Long Island regions and will spread northward late afternoon into tonight, continuing to produce periods of snow into Friday.  The heaviest snowfall is expected south of the Interstate 90 corridor with lighter snow continuing Friday before tapering off in the afternoon.  The rest of the state should see a dusting to a couple of inches of snow by the time the system exits the state on Friday.  Temperatures should remain near or above normal for most of the state with steady winds gusting up to 20 mph occasionally.


For a complete listing of weather advisories in your area, visit your area’s National Weather Service website.


Agency Preparations


Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Emergency Operations Center remains activated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will closely monitor weather conditions, coordinate state response operations and remain in contact with localities throughout the duration of the event. State stockpiles are prepared to deploy assets to localities to support any storm-related needs, including pumps, chainsaws, sandbags, generators, cots, blankets and bottled water.


Department of Transportation

The State Department of Transportation is prepared to respond with more than 3,600 supervisors and operators available statewide.  To support the upcoming snow and ice 1,599 large snow plows event, NYSDOT is sending 76 additional operators from upstate regions to activate reserve plows on priority routes in the lower Mid-Hudson Region and Long Island.  In addition, NYSDOT is staging tow services on heavily traveled corridors to ensure crashes are cleared quickly and safely.


NYSDOT is also coordinating with the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to place sawyer crews on standby in the Mid-Hudson, Southern Tier and Long Island regions to clear downed trees and quickly remove them from state highways.  Variable message signs will urge motorists to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.


The Department has the following assets available for the upcoming snow and ice event:


  • 313 large loaders
  • 174 medium duty plows
  • 80 chippers
  • 52 tow plows
  • 38 snow blowers
  • 36 traffic tower platforms
  • 18 graders
  • 14 tree crew bucket trucks
  • 11 pickups with plows


Thruway Authority

The Thruway Authority has 690 operators and supervisors ready to respond with 247 large snow plows, 106 medium snow plows, 11 tow plows and 62 loaders across the state with more than 117,000 tons of road salt on hand.


Variable Message Signs and social media are utilized to alert motorists of winter weather conditions on the Thruway. The Thruway Authority encourages motorists to download its mobile app, which is available for free on iPhone and Android devices. The app provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go. Motorists can also sign up for TRANSalert e-mails which provide the latest traffic conditions along the Thruway here.


Department of Environmental Conservation

DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Forest Rangers, Emergency Management staff, and regional staff are on alert and monitoring the developing situation and actively patrolling areas and infrastructure likely to be impacted by severe weather. All available assets are positioned to assist with any emergency response.


Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

New York State Park Police and park personnel are on alert and closely monitoring weather conditions and impacts. State Park Police snowmobile units and park Sawyer crews are prepared to assist in the storm response. Park visitors should check parks.ny.gov or call their local park office for the latest updates regarding park hours, openings and closings.


Department of Public Service

New York’s utilities have approximately 5,500 workers available to engage in damage assessment, response and restoration efforts across New York State. Department of Public Service staff will track the utilities’ work throughout the storm event and will ensure utilities shift the appropriate staffing to the regions anticipated to be impacted the most.


New York State Police

State Police are prepared to deploy additional Troopers as needed to affected areas. All State Police specialized vehicles, including four-wheel drive vehicles, snowmobiles and Utility Task Vehicles, are staged and ready for immediate response. All Troop emergency power and communications equipment has been tested.


New York Power Authority / Canal Corporation

The New York Power Authority and the Canal Corporation staff has performed preparations for the forecasted weather to ensure all facilities, assets and equipment are secured and ready. The Power Authority is prepared to support power restoration activities if needed.


Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Metropolitan Transportation Authority is closely monitoring weather conditions to ensure safe, reliable service. MTA employees will be poised to spread salt and clear platforms and stairs of snow and ice, keep signals, switches, and third rail operating Customers are encouraged to check new.mta.info for the latest service updates, and to use caution while navigating the system. Customers should also sign up for real-time service alerts via text or email. These alerts are also available via the MTA’s apps: MYmta, Metro-North Train Time and Long Island Rail Road Train Time.


Port Authority

The Port Authority urges travelers at its facilities to use caution during the storm. Speed restrictions may be in effect at the bridges as well as along roadways to and from the crossings. Passengers through the Port Authority’s airports, bus terminal and bus station are encouraged to reach out to carriers and airlines directly for the latest information on delays and cancelations. For the latest information about Port Authority facilities, please check social media, sign up for PA alerts or download one of the PA mobile apps.


Winter Safety Tips

Some of the most important tips for safe driving include:

  • When winter storms strike, do not drive unless necessary.
  • Use caution on bridges as ice can form quicker than on roads.
  • If you must travel, make sure your car is stocked with survival gear like blankets, a shovel, flashlight and extra batteries, extra warm clothing, set of tire chains, battery booster cables, quick energy foods and brightly colored cloth to use as a distress flag.
  • If you have a cell phone or other communications device such as a two-way radio available for your use, keep the battery charged and keep it with you whenever traveling. If you should become stranded, you will be able to call for help, advising rescuers of your location.
  • The leading cause of death and injuries during winter storms is transportation accidents. Before getting behind the wheel, make sure that your vehicle is clear of ice and snow; good vision is key to good driving. Plan your stops and keep more distance between cars. Be extra alert and remember that snowdrifts can hide smaller children. Always match your speed to the road and weather conditions.


It is important for motorists on all roads to note that snowplows travel at speeds up to 35 mph, which in many cases is lower than the posted speed limit, to ensure that salt being dispersed stays in the driving lanes and does not scatter off the roadways. Oftentimes on interstate highways, snowplows will operate side by side, as this is the most efficient and safe way to clear several lanes at one time.


Motorists and pedestrians should also keep in mind that snowplow drivers have limited lines of sight, and the size and weight of snowplows can make it very difficult to maneuver and stop quickly. Snow blowing from behind the plow can severely reduce visibility or cause whiteout conditions. Motorists should not attempt to pass snowplows or follow too closely. The safest place for motorists to drive is well behind the snowplows where the roadway is clear and salted. 

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High winds, slow interstate traffic impact holiday weekend travel

Thousands of motorists ended an extended Presidents’ Day weekend Monday snarled in an hours-long traffic jam that backed up for miles along Interstate 10.

Strong winds picked up along the I-10 corridor as a high wind warning went into effect for the Coachella Valley at 4 p.m., lasting through Tuesday at 10 a.m.

As travelers made their way west on the interstate, many reported a slowdown for miles moving toward Los Angeles. Traffic was building near the exit for Indian Canyon Drive.

“Headed back into L.A. the traffic is just tremendously heavy,” said A.G. Kawamura. “I was surprised; I thought it must be an accident but I’m hearing it’s nothing more than people coming back from the weekend or going out for the weekend.”

Kawamura, who lives in Indian Wells, said the weekend felt significantly stronger for businesses. “It’s finally a good thing that we’re seeing people get out and hopefully we move past this pandemic,” he said.

Francis Alba and a group of models drove in for the long holiday weekend from Los Angeles. “We’re just doing a photo shoot. We’re in town; what we’ve been seeing there’s a lot of people,” he said.

Deterred from being stuck in the slowdown, they avoided returning home Monday night. “It was barely moving out there,” Alba said.

As the high winds picked up into the evening, drivers grew more concerned about their impact on the commute. “The winds can be really heavy and just makes for dangerous travel conditions,” Kawamura said.

Drivers braced against an already strenuous night of travel.

“If you’re a tall vehicle you gotta be really, really careful. It’s pretty windy out there, kind of crazy. Just stay safe and if you have a chance not to drive, just don’t,” Alba said.

Traffic conditions improved on the I-10 later in the night, though the high winds were expected to continue through Tuesday morning.

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Overseas arrivals had biggest impact on first wave deaths, study finds

International travel has been cited as the key factor in driving higher death rates during the first wave of the pandemic, according to a new study.

Scientists at the University of Aberdeen found border arrivals to be the ‘strongest predictor of mortality increase’ in the worst-hit countries, compared to other factors examined; including population density, the percentage of people living in urban areas, age, average body mass index and smoking prevalence.

Tiberiu Pana, medical student and author of the study, said: “Our assessment of available data indicates that very early restrictions on international travel might have made a difference in the spread of the pandemic in western Europe, including the UK.”

However, in December European health authorities urged EU governments to end mandatory testing and quarantine for air travellers, stating that such measures are ‘unlikely’ to halt the spread of Covid-19 in communities where the virus is already established.

The British Government is today under increased pressure to announce a concrete plan for the implementation of quarantine hotels, as a mandatory requirement for all arrivals from ‘high-risk’ countries where concerning variants of the virus have been identified.

Matt Hancock will lay out the “operational plan” next week, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed this morning as he defended the delay in action yet again. 

Meanwhile, the Government has been accused of keeping a major hotels chain ‘in the dark’ over the road map, despite offers of help being made several days ago.

Best Western Hotels chief Rob Paterson told the Today show: “Other than very broad information about what timings they’re thinking about and who is handling it we haven’t had any discussions at all.”

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Local News: Canal Bridge closure will impact travel at C.J. Strike Reservoir (2/2/21)

The bridge will be closed through Feb. 20 while the Elmore County Highway District makes repairs. All Idaho Power facilities are open, but visitors may need to change their route depending on which locations around the reservoir they are trying to reach…

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Technology’s Impact on the Future of Travel Post COVID-19

As reliant as the world had already become on technology pre-pandemic, from the onset, the COVID-19 crisis forced us, as a global population, to lean even more heavily on the digi-sphere to work, play, socialize and transact remotely while trapped in lockdowns.

Global mobile WiFi provider Skyroam knows better than most just how crucial a fast, reliable internet connection is in the modern era, to both businesses and individuals.


For the travel industry, the innovation of new touchless technologies to compensate for social distancing requirements and accommodate pandemic-era hygiene considerations has been essential just to remain in business. Even once a real recovery for the sector has begun, operations will surely have been permanently morphed by the experience.

Skyroam recently sought to examine the various technologies that COVID-19 has inspired the travel and hospitality industries (and travelers themselves) to adopt, which promise to continue well into the future, and what they bring to the guest experience. Since it’s the company’s area of expertise, portable WiFi access tops the list, especially given the legions of workers that have transitioned to working remotely during the pandemic.

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Contactless Check-In

Hospitality and transportation providers have really ramped up capabilities for contactless and mobile check-in during the pandemic—something that helps to instill guests’ confidence across the board by minimizing shared touchpoints and interpersonal interactions. Hotels, theme parks, airports, train stations, etc., have created dedicated mobile apps that enable customers to check-in, order and pay for services, all on their own device.

It is also increasingly common for businesses to integrate customer-service chat functions into such apps, enabling guests to get answers to their questions without having to call or come face-to-face with a representative.

Multi-Capable Hotspots

Skyroam’s portable, self-contained 4G LTE WiFi hotspot gadgets enable travelers to work and play online from anywhere, with coverage throughout the U.S. and even outside the country. The Skyroam Solis X WiFi Smartspot provides fast, secure internet connections, sharable on up to ten devices, with VPNs and no-contract, flexible service plans. It also has other useful travel features, such as remote camera and smart assistant capabilities, and is chargeable and able to act as a power bank for your phone.

For businesses, integrating take-anywhere internet technology can make customers’ travel experience more convenient and enjoyable, and offer them an edge over competitors who don’t offer such comprehensive service options. Imagine the advantage of having a reliable, multi-capable hotspot installed in campers and RVs for customers who are keen to take a long-distance roadtrip, and potentially taking their work with them.

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PHOTO: Kimpton Karma Rewards members will have access to IHG’s robust hotel portfolio beginning in early 2018. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

Digital Workforce

Skyroam predicts that, as the general public resumes traveling once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, customers will have a ton of questions about safety measures and various other queries, both while booking and when on location. To handle the influx of communications, having a ‘digital workforce’ in place (which many providers already do) becomes most helpful. An in-app chatbot function is capable of fielding many FAQs and providing predetermined answers to guests’ most-asked questions, freeing up live agents to handle more complicated and high-level tasks.

Digital Keys

The Hilton Hotels’ Digital Key feature is an example of another ideal, contactless solution to keeping customers safe from viral spread by cutting down on as many touchpoints as possible. In Hilton’s case, guests must join the Hilton Honors Program to access this in-app feature that enables them to unlock their hotel room just by tapping their phone. While this technology was available pre-pandemic, the COVID-19 crisis has encouraged wider adoption and promotion of the keyless entry option across the industry.

Thermal Technology

Thermal video screening technology has been another innovation to move to the forefront amid the pandemic, being utilized particularly in airports to detect passengers with elevated temperatures—one of the initial symptoms of COVID-19. Installing this technology more broadly may help the travel industry to better protect guests and employees from infected individuals by identifying and isolating them early on.

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PHOTO: Infrared thermal camera monitoring the temperatures of passersby. (Photo via iStock/Getty Images Plus/PongMoji)

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