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Crimes Against Humanity

Hundreds Of Thousands Of People Have Been Enslaved In This African Dictatorship

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.08.2016 | World

A U.N. human rights inquiry on Wednesday released a chilling report on the plight of Eritreans trapped inside the repressive African nation, as record...

Syria's Medical and Humanitarian Nightmare: An Interview with Dr. Zaher Sahloul

Danny Postel | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Danny Postel

Since their days as medical school classmates, Bashar al-Assad and Zaher Sahloul have followed rather different paths: one became a war criminal; the other, a humanitarian advocate.

In Guatemala, Victims Commemorate the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Verdict

Jo-Marie Burt | Posted 05.19.2016 | World
Jo-Marie Burt

The revered Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano wrote these words a few months after the events he alludes to: On May 10, 2013, 30 years after the crimes were committed, former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Maya Ixil population and sentenced to 80 years is prison.

ICC President on Opening the Permanent HQ: 'The International Criminal Court Is Here to Stay'

Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi | Posted 04.19.2016 | World
Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi

The inauguration of the ICC's Permanent Premises gives us all, court officials, states and the international community as a whole, the opportunity to make a pause in our journey to celebrate what has been already achieved through our collective efforts to enhance accountability.

Kenya at The ICC: Those Who Refuse to Learn From History

Washington Osiro | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

The harsh and inescapable truth regarding Kenya's post-election violence of 2007/2008 that only the twisted can quibble over is that approximately 1,300 innocent Kenyans lost their lives.

An historic Week: Bringing War Criminals to Justice

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 03.27.2016 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

The fact that these cases were heard in the same week may be merely coincidental, but it nevertheless sends out a strong signal that commanders who commit or permit atrocities will ultimately be held responsible.

Is the U.S. Congress Serious About Achieving Accountability in Syria?

Kip Hale | Posted 03.20.2016 | World
Kip Hale

The U.S. House of Representatives' recent resolution urging for the creation of a temporary UN criminal tribunal for Syria is a worrisome departure from American leadership in the field. For a number of reasons, this resolution and underlying strategy is ill-advised and does little to increase the chance that justice will come to the victims of atrocities in Syria.

If We Cannot Respect Our Dignity, Who Will?

Washington Osiro | Posted 10.15.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

A self-proclaimed "avid reader" of my blogs recently sent me an email with the following request: "Can you write something 'positive' about Kenya?"

Should Crimes Against the Environment & Animals Deserve International Prosecution?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should crimes against the environment and animals be addressed by an international criminal code and prosecuted by an international tribunal, particularly if national courts are unwilling, unable or deemed inadequate?

From Japan to Vietnam, Radiation and Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the U.S.

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

It's time to fully compensate the victims of Agent Orange and fund a total cleanup of the areas in Vietnam that remain contaminated by the toxic chemical. We must hold our leaders accountable for their crimes in Japan and Vietnam, and ensure that such atrocities never happen again.

President Obama's Trip to Kenya: 12 Things Revealed, A Reprise

Washington Osiro | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

President Obama's trip to Kenya revealed many things that further underscore the Rorschach Test-like impact the man engenders. The trip also revealed the cognitive dissonance that Kenyans have with corruption, tolerance and their relationship with America.

The Look of Silence - a New Documentary Wants Us to Make Noise

Michael Rose | Posted 07.27.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Rose

What filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer uncovered in his first film on the subject, The Act of Killing, and now in his follow up film, The Look of Silence, is the dirty little secret that this was a cover story to justify a ruthless military take over of the country. A bloodbath the United States wittingly and unwittingly supported.

Welcoming a Hybrid Attempt at Justice for the Central African Republic

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Jesica L. Santos

The establishment of the SCC is unprecedented in recent years in that the world will now have a hybrid tribunal working in a country where the ICC has already opened investigations.

Report: Extrajudicial Killings, Torture, Sexual Slavery In Eritrea

Posted 06.09.2015 | World

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 8 (Reuters) - Eritrea may have committed crimes against humanity, a year-long U.N. human rights inquiry said in a report ...

Syria Exhibit at US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Annie Sovcik, Esq. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Annie Sovcik, Esq.

If "Never Again" means that the world will mobilize to stop mass atrocities -- genocide, torture, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity -- then the integration of an exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum showing ongoing crimes in Syria that rise to that level belies our commitment to such a slogan.

God Speaks: Humanity's Call

Maria Portas | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Maria Portas

Humanity's Call on this life, is to get the whole place back to what it is meant to be! Where children are not suffering. Where people are being fed, and where we are all taking care of each and every person here on Earth.

Quest for identity - orphans of the narrative

Ziyah Gafic | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Ziyah Gafic

These are simple objects: clocks, keys, combs, glasses. They are the things that victims of genocide in Bosnia carried with them on their final journe...

Who Aches With Me?

Lori Day | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Lori Day

War allows men (and sometimes women) who would otherwise live within the rules of civilized society to become animals. But for the most part, animals do not display the calculated and indiscriminate savagery of humans, who are not killing to obtain food.

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?

Derek Flood | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

In the case of the Islamic State, the question we need to ask is: What can we do to make things right? What can we do to protect the vulnerable? What can we do to stop the violence?

This #17July, Invest in International Criminal Justice Because #JusticeMatters

Kip Hale | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Kip Hale

July 17 marks International Criminal Justice Day, when the international community reflects on its collective effort to end impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression.

If Bush Is a War Criminal, Then So Are Truman, LBJ, Nixon and Obama

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Were the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki a "breach of the rules of warfare"? How about our use of Agent Orange in Vietnam or the secret bombings of Cambodia and Laos? Furthermore, since Obama has simply continued many Bush-era policies, does this make him guilty of the same crimes?

The Argument Against U.S. Intervention in Syria... And Why It's Wrong

Wendy Pearlman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Wendy Pearlman

We must pursue all political avenues for saving lives. Yet this investment in diplomacy should not eliminate more significant kinds of intervention. Without greater pressure, the Syrian regime is unlikely to consent to a transitional government, or even decelerate its killing of its own people.

Another Hurdle for International Criminal Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Kip Hale

At the international level, if those who promote and organize atrocities on both side of a conflict are not subject to accountability, the message of impunity to the citizens of that country undermines the establishment of a peaceful and well-functioning society.

A Justice Denied as Bangladesh Prosecutes War Crimes

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 02.01.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

Born in bloodshed, Bangladesh seeks a justice long overdue. Regrettably, the very judicial body responsible for delivering that justice instead threatens to further deny it.

Mission Accomplished? Syria, the Anti-War Movement, and the Spirit of Internationalism

Danny Postel | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Danny Postel

It's hard for me to share the peace movement's triumphalism. Yes, a US military attack was thwarted - good. But is that where the story ends?