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ONE ON ONE: Luis Moreno Ocampo On Syria And War Crimes

Katherine Keating | Posted 06.22.2014 | Home
Katherine Keating

luis In this ONE ON ONE interview, Ocampo explains that in 1998, 120 states decided to end impunity of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole. The ICC is, in his words, the "first 21st century institution serving the world." Ocampo stresses that the global community must rally behind the court in order to help it achieve its aims. "We need to create a community around the court," he states. "Because the ICC is fighting people in power, of course we create controversies. That's good." Ocampo says that without creating controversy, the court would not be doing its job.

Breaking Boundaries: From UA to CGI U

Meicen Sun | Posted 06.05.2014 | College
Meicen Sun

It was a little over a year after I won the 2012 Undergraduate Award when I got accepted to the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University conference. The acceptance came as a surprise. Used to reading books and writing papers, I'd long held the mistaken belief that the so-called start-up culture was an antithesis of academia.

North Korea: It's Time for Obama to Act

John Sifton | Posted 05.28.2014 | Home
John Sifton

Something amazing occurred in Geneva today. For the first time in the history of North Korea's three-generation totalitarian rule, a U.N. body acknowledged the regime's massive abuses and invoked U.N. members' obligations to address them.

The International Criminal Court at RightsCon: Upping its Cyber Game

Alexa Koenig | Posted 05.11.2014 | Technology
Alexa Koenig

Digital documentation is crucial, both to alleviate the burden of testimony on survivors and to corroborate witness evidence in court.

Might Putin Face International Criminal Court by Annexing Crimea?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.10.2014 | Home
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

To what degree could Putin, or those acting upon his direction, be encouraged to consider the rule of law in their actions in Crimea and beyond and no longer be confident in their impunity?

About North Korea: 'We Can't Say We Didn't Know' -- So Will China Continue to Block Defectors?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 04.20.2014 | Home
Evelyn Leopold

Murder, enslavement, torture, rape, and enforced disappearance are just a few of the "unspeakable atrocities" cataloged in an unprecedented U.N. report on North Korea. In short, you can control 25 million people if you kill, maim and imprison enough of them. And if your neighbor, in this case China, cuts off escape routes.

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.

Rising Up: Survivors and the Courageous Responders Who Support Them

Donna McKay | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Donna McKay

As we form a larger and louder global alliance with survivors who are demanding justice, let us reflect on the African proverb: "A single bracelet does not jingle." On this V-Day, let's make some noise.

'Never Again' Must Not Become 'Yet Again:' You Can Stop Genocide in Sudan

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

In the face of such horror, many folks in the West feel powerless to prevent more senseless death in Sudan. In fact, there are two simple steps that each and every American can take right now to make a difference: one for the short-term, one for the long-term.

Crucial Decision Looms for Ivorian Government's Justice Promises

Matt Wells | Posted 02.11.2014 | Home
Matt Wells

The ripple effects of impunity for those who commit or oversee atrocities should not be underestimated. Long after guns go silent, warlords have little trouble finding ways to continue profiteering at the expense of the population.

Are Heads of State the Real Victims in Africa?

Diana Jenkins | Posted 02.03.2014 | Home
Diana Jenkins

All their outrage seems to be focused on the national and racial identities of the powerful men accused -- and none focused on the hideous crimes these men are accused of committing against powerless victims. Why aren't we hearing more voices in support of the African victims of these atrocities?

A Justice Denied as Bangladesh Prosecutes War Crimes

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 02.01.2014 | Home
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.

Impunity Not Guaranteed

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.24.2014 | Home
Brian Dooley

Impunity will continue long after today's International Day to End Impunity, but knowing there are fewer places to hide, and an increased chance that one day they will be brought to justice, should make some people sleep uneasily tonight.

What Next for the ICC in Africa?

Freedom House | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Freedom House

by Kimberly Brody Senior Program Associate, Rights & Justice Initiatives On October 11 and 12, the African Union (AU) held an extraordinary summit...

WATCH: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Speaks On War Crimes

The Aspen Institute | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

This post came to us from our partner, The Aspen Institute. During the rule of the Khmer Rouge from 1975-1979, an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians ...

African Union Slams International Criminal Court

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

By Aaron Maasho and Edmund Blair ADDIS ABABA, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Africa has agreed that sitting heads of state should not be tried by ...

Africa and the ICC Are Stronger Together

Freedom House | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Freedom House

by Kimberly Brody Senior Program Associate, Rights & Justice Initiatives at Freedom House The International Criminal Court (ICC) routinely faces t...

Beyond Containment: Working for Accountability in Syria

David Tolbert | Posted 12.02.2013 | Home
David Tolbert

The international community cannot justify accepting the status quo in which scores of civilians are dying daily, nor will Syrians settle for impunity for these horrendous crimes.

On the Brink in Sudan

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.30.2013 | Home
David L. Phillips

A spiral of deadly violence engulfed Sudan last week. Nearly 200 peaceful protesters were killed in protests that started in Darfur and swept across the country, including Khartoum.

A Second Chance in Life: Meeting Victims of Atrocity Crimes in Gulu and Ituri

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 09.19.2013 | Home
Tiina Intelmann

Many victims face rejection by their own communities and even by their closest relatives. Some scars, the ones on the heart and the soul, can be hidden. Others cannot.

No Time to Be Silent

John McCullough | Posted 11.09.2013 | Home
John McCullough

While we debate the future of President Bashar al-Assad, the most urgent issue is the protection of millions of Syrian people who are already being victimized. The international community must act to prevent the displacement or even worse, the deaths of women, children and men.

Punishing Assad

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 11.06.2013 | Home
Richard W. Kropf

Can we rightly punish Assad for doing what his country never agreed not to do? Finger-pointing or worse, missile-pointing on our part at the bad guys of the world for breaking treaties that they never agreed to is rather useless, or even hypocritical.

6 Peaceful (and Legal) Alternatives to War in Syria

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 11.05.2013 | Home
Sarah van Gelder

Will military strikes help ordinary Syrians or harm them? Will more violence deter the use of chemical weapons and other war crimes in Syria and elsewhere, or exacerbate the problem? Have all other possibilities been exhausted, or are there peaceful solutions that haven't been tried?

The Problem of Syria -- and a Solution

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.05.2013 | Home
Lawrence Wittner

If the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to massacre large numbers of people that is a real problem -- not only a dastardly act, but a clear violation of international law. But will the U.S. lobbing cruise missiles into Syria provide a solution to the problem?

Redefining the Past and Future Fight Against Atrocities

Kip Hale | Posted 11.03.2013 | Home
Kip Hale

While its historical significance is evident, the UNWCC can also help today's efforts to hold atrocity criminals accountable. The UNWCC's present-day application is best demonstrated by its potential influence on the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC).