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The Best And Worst Sex Stories From The Last Year

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 01.12.2017 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

It was a difficult and challenging year, especially seen through the lens of sexual health. It was a year in which politics came close to displacing sexual politics as the most-talked about topic on therapist couches.

Duterte: Western Threats Of ICC Indictment Are 'Bullshit'

Reuters | Willa Frej | Posted 11.28.2016 | World

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday hit out at what he called “bullshit” Western threats to seek his indictment by the International Cr...

What Russia Leaving The International Criminal Court Really Means

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.22.2016 | World

The International Criminal Court in the Hague, the last resort for prosecuting individuals accused of crimes against humanity, is now losing a potenti...

The Word On the Street in Timbuktu (About the ICC Trial)

Cynthia P. Schneider | Posted 10.03.2016 | World
Cynthia P. Schneider

On September 27th when the International Criminal Court in The Hague handed down a sentence of nine years in prison for Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi for the war crime of destroying cultural heritage in Timbuktu, civic and religious leaders in the famed city of 333 saints were relieved that justice -- for once--had been done.

Argentina Seeks To Export Its Human Rights Policy

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 09.24.2016 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

The Interamerican Commission for Human Rights has denounced a deep financial crisis, perhaps the worst since its establishment. This debacle happens after years of systematically inadequate funding policies.

Preventing Crimes And Suffering Through Justice

Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi

In our own lifetimes, in conflicts unfolding even today, atrocities have been planned and executed, leaving behind victims of widespread or systematic crimes. Societies across the globe have been deeply scarred and divided by crimes such as attacks on civilians, murder, using child soldiers and rape as a tool of war. Violence in one place inevitably causes instability in others. For some, this may seem a distant if disturbing fact, but for hundreds of thousands of others, it is their only reality.

What Can Canada Do For Justice In Iraq And Syria?

Payam Akhavan | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Payam Akhavan

On June 14th, the House of Commons was the scene of a remarkable debate. The opposition had tabled a motion declaring atrocities by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, Shia, and other minorities as "genocide".

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...

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.

African Leaders Should Not Flee from Justice

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 03.18.2016 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

There is something seriously troubling and painful happening in Africa which should worry the rest of the world. At their recent meeting in Addis Abab...

Sectarian War in Syria Introduced New Gender-Based Crimes

Hilmi M. Zawati | Posted 02.16.2016 | World
Hilmi M. Zawati

--Victims may refrain from bringing legal actions against Syrian officials for fear of vindictive measures-- The following Op-Ed consists of excerpt...

On Africa and the ICC, Don't Buy All the Hype

Elise Keppler | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Elise Keppler

What the AU actually did was to endorse having its Open-Ended Committee of African Ministers on the ICC consider a roadmap on possible withdrawal, among other activities.

Send Dominic Ongwen of the Lords Resistance Army Home for Real Justice

Travis Rejman | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Travis Rejman

Major General Ongwen was a notoriously brutal top commander who spent his entire adult life in the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) which terrorized communities in Northern Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

Hillary Clinton's strident opposition to the International Criminal Court

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

This article originally appeared in NCR Today, January 18, 2016 Supporters of international law have expressed consternation that the leading candid...

World Powers To Address Alleged Atrocities In North Korea

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.05.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 4 (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council will meet next week on human rights in North Korea, which has been accused by a ...

Justice for ISIL Crimes: The Voice of Victims as Antidote to Extremism

Payam Akhavan | Posted 11.28.2016 | World
Payam Akhavan

A year ago, on November 27th, 2014, I testified before the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on Canada's Response to the Violence, Religious Persecution and Dislocation Caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Where Is the Humanity?

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 10.31.2016 | Politics
Ban Ki-moon

Protecting civilians in wartime is a cornerstone of the international system and the United Nations. Indifference will only make our world far less secure. Our continued failure to act is a disgrace and a stain on the conscience of the world. Even war has rules; it is time to enforce them.

Kunduz Hospital Bombing: Probable Cause The US Committed a War Crime

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Obama should consent to a full, independent, impartial investigation of the hospital bombing by IHFFC. If that investigation shows that war crimes probably occurred, appropriate prosecutions of the U.S. chain of command should ensue.

Congolese Warlord Stands Trial on 18 Counts of War Crimes, But Many More Crimes Have Gone Unreported

Patrick Alley | Posted 09.01.2016 | Crime
Patrick Alley

Nine years since the first international warrant for his arrest, the warlord Bosco Ntaganda will today go on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He is charged with committing 18 counts of war crimes in Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo), including murder, rape, pillage, and the conscription of child soldiers.

A Time For Some Summer Levity: A Conversation Between Netanyahu And Abbas

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.31.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The following conversation between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is fictitious.

Sudan and the Obama Administration Department of Justice: Moral Myopia on a Grand Scale

Eric Reeves | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Eric Reeves

The Obama administration Department of Justice (DOJ) continues in its refusal to answer critical questions about the $9 billion settlement with French banking giant BNP Paribas (BNP) reached in June of last year.

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.

The U.S. Aids and Abets War Crimes in the Philippines

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

After Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush declared the Philippines a second front in the war on terror ("Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines").The egregious human rights violations committed by the Philippine military and paramilitary forces are some of the most underreported atrocities in the media today.

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.