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International Criminal Court

Where Is the Humanity?

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 11.02.2015 | 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 10.14.2015 | 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 09.01.2015 | 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 08.31.2015 | 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 07.30.2015 | 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 07.27.2015 | 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 07.22.2015 | 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 07.17.2015 | 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 07.17.2015 | 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.

For World's Worst Crimes, Justice Really Matters

Elise Keppler | Posted 07.16.2015 | World
Elise Keppler

July 17, International Justice Day, is a reminder both of how difficult it is to bring the people responsible for the world's worst crimes to justice and of how crucially important it is not to give up.

Welcoming a Hybrid Attempt at Justice for the Central African Republic

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 07.15.2015 | 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.

Counterpoint To President Uhuru Kenyatta's Claims: Learning From ICC's Treatment of Africans

Washington Osiro | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta's recent claim that "....there are lessons to be learnt from the way the court treats Africans....." is an interesting take from someone who, with all due respect, is the poster child for the impunity and abuse of power that made African leaders the target of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

South Africa's Ruling African National Congress Disgraces Itself

Eric Reeves | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Eric Reeves

Omar al-Bashir was allowed to leave South Africa despite a pending arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court. This reveals the ANC and President Jacob Zuma in particular as falling further into the pit of political corruption and tarnishes South Africa's international standing.

Sudan's Wanted Leader Leaves South Africa, State News Agency Says

AP | MOHAMED OSMAN | Posted 06.15.2015 | World

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Khartoum on Monday to cheers of supporters after leaving South Africa, where a c...

South African Judge Orders Authorities To Stop Sudan's Leader From Leaving Country

AP | LYNSEY CHUTEL | Posted 06.14.2015 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African judge on Sunday ordered authorities to prevent Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who was in South Africa for an...

Prospects for Palestine

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

"The human rights violations against Palestinian children are not new to us, they are systematic practices. Nevertheless, in recent years we have been able to document more information," explains Mr. Xavier Abu-Eid, from Ramallah, Palestine.

Sudan's Prospects for Reform

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of declarations to pursue reform following South Sudan's secession from Sudan in 2011, the political landscape in Sudan has remained bleak, with the government of Omar al-Bashir continuing to repress the country's marginalized populations.

#AMF2015 Tackles Politics, Religion, Ethics, Innovation

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.16.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Toss some hot political issues, mix in religious extremism, factor some ethical considerations and blend in innovation to produce the most sought-after ticket in Arab media events.

Counterpoint: Sir Richard Branson's 'Love' for Kenya

Washington Osiro | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

This "wonderful" Kenyan does not want you to support and enable, by your silence, leaders who are selfish and act with an impunity Kenya, the "beautiful country," has endured since her independence from your own Britain!

Iran Nuclear Deal Pits U.S. Congress Versus U.S. Allies?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The most serious challenge to the nuclear deal may be that it does not at all address the human rights record of the Tehran theocracy or statements challenging the legitimacy of Israel. However, from the perspective of the Obama Administration and most U.S. allies, the nuclear deal is seen as a first step in empowering a more progressive trend with Iran.

Palestine at the International Criminal Court: An Opportunity for Justice

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
The Center for Constitutional Rights

Today the state of Palestine officially became the 123rd state party to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This demonstrates not only that Palestine undeniably exists but that it is committed to operating among the community of civilized nations under the rule of law -- unlike Israel, which voted against the very creation of the court.

Israel's Blatant Flouting of International Law Requires Presidential Response

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Netanyahu's words create a golden opportunity for Barack Obama to radically transform his policy of uncritical support for Israel's ongoing violations of the law.

Netanhyu's Big Come-From-Behind Win Inflames Many Situations

William Bradley | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

It carries big ramifications for American politics, the Middle East, and relations between the Islamic world and the West. Most everything will be more inflamed, not least the Iranian nuclear controversy and the future of Palestine. And of course American politics.

The ICC and the Situation in Honduras

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 05.10.2015 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

If the Honduran judicial system is not seriously amended, and human rights matters are not addressed properly by the State, more abuses will continue to be committed with impunity.

UNSC: Darfur's Referral Turns 10 Years

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 05.09.2015 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

10 years after the adoption of the Resolution, the situation has not improved and continues to be quite catastrophic: grave crimes continue to happen in Darfur on a daily basis.