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Beijing Flouts International Tribunal Ruling -- Just Like Western Powers

Graham Allison | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Graham Allison

No permanent member of the U.N. Security Council has ever complied with a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on an issue involving the Law of the Sea.

Bemba's 18-Year Jail Sentence Is ICC's Warning to Military Leaders About Sexual Violence

Paul Seils | Posted 06.23.2016 | World
Paul Seils

Jean-Pierre Bemba, former vice president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and former leader of one of the country's most powerful militias duri...

Do We Hold Maintenance Staff Accountable for Genocide Even as We Absolve Politicians?

Mariya Yefremova | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Mariya Yefremova

Accountability is not the most popular subject for leaders and heads of state. Institutions, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) are particularly unpopular.

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.

Assad, Beware of the Long Arm of Justice

Widney Brown | Posted 04.13.2016 | World
Widney Brown

Intentionally cutting off humanitarian aid is a war crime. Add that to the staggeringly long list of war crimes committed in Syria -- unspeakable violations of what are universally considered the laws of armed conflict.

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.

ICC's Bemba ruling is a landmark, but falls short of a big leap

The Conversation Africa | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Yassin Brunger, University of Leicester March 21 2016 heralded the first conviction for crimes of sexual violence at the International Criminal Court...

Corruption in Kenya: Supreme Court Judges Accused of Accepting Millions in Bribes.

Washington Osiro | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

The country's supreme court is at the epicenter of the latest incident of corruption at the highest level of yet another branch of the Kenyan government.

Japan's Apology for Forcing South Korean Women into Sexual Slavery Falls Short

David Tolbert | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
David Tolbert

Various expressions of regret and statements acknowledging the role of the Japanese military in operating the "comfort women" system during WWII have been made, but none have unconditionally acknowledged that Japan as a state was responsible for these violations.

Understanding Sudan and US Sanctions

Esther Sprague | Posted 01.28.2016 | World
Esther Sprague

President Omar al-Bashir's objectives are three-fold: to maintain control of Sudan at all costs; to steal the resources of the country for his benefit and for the benefit of his narrow base of supporters and allies; and to change the multicultural identity of Sudan into a single Arab Islamic identity.

Top Chefs Talk Open Source Cooking at ICC

Regina Varolli | Posted 12.02.2015 | Taste
Regina Varolli

At StarChefs' tenth annual International Chefs Congress in NYC, some of the most creative minds in the industry were asked what "Open Source Cooking" ...

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?"

Putin Drops the Bombs and Deals the Cards in Syria and Ukraine

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.

Inspired by Our Future Women Cricketers

Nadia T. Gruny | Posted 09.22.2015 | Sports
Nadia T. Gruny

Because of these intelligent, talented, and inspiring girls, I believe that change will come. In fact, these girls represent the beginning of that change and eventually, they will be ready to pass on the baton and inspire others to keep working for a better cricket future.

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?

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.

Is MH17 Putin's Katyn Wood Massacre?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Blocking accountability and seeking to blame others for its crimes, even when premeditated is a KGB tactic, but only marginally successful. Putin should have learned the lesson that the truth is bound to come through.

Darfur: ICC Arrest Warrants Still Not Executed 10 Years After UNSC Referral

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 07.16.2016 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

State non-cooperation as noticed in many cases constitutes a blatant breach of international law. We have to prevent this from happening. Failing to do so would be condoning impunity- which is exactly the opposite of what we all seek.

The International Criminal Court Deserves Better

Dr. Aurelia Frick | Posted 07.16.2016 | World
Dr. Aurelia Frick

History has been defined by war and conflict, with little regard for the laws of war and protection of civilians. The greater the atrocity, the greater the likelihood that the perpetrators would go unpunished.

Why Won't the Justice Department Answer Questions About the BNP Paribas Settlement?

Eric Reeves | Posted 07.17.2016 | Politics
Eric Reeves

There are times when decisions by the Obama administration are simply morally incomprehensible. An ongoing example is the refusal by Obama's Department of Justice to release information about the $9 billion settlement with French banking giant BNP Paribas.

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.

Bosnia to US, From Refugees to Great Americans

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.03.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Early July still brings a bittersweet week for Bosnian-Americans. They are reminded by the Srebrenica genocide commemoration why so many had to flee Bosnia and Herzegovina and why they/we are so fortunate to have been welcomed in America.

UN at 70, Ready to be Retired?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.