Blocking humanitarian aid to innocent civilians living in conflict zones is a violation of international law; however its effectiveness is dependent on the will of the world's leaders to uphold and implement the law in favor of the civilians under attack.
Washington obviously intends sanctions to cause economic hardship, but for what purpose? In the early 1990s Khartoum supported Saddam Hussein's Iraq against America and dallied with Islamic radicalism, even inviting Osama bin Laden to stay. However, that practice ended after 9/11.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Safia insisted on filing a police report, she was harassed and followed by police and security agents. Safia had no choice but to flee Sudan.
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?
There was a time when Mr. Obama expressed outrage over the mass murder and aerial bombardment of civilians in the Darfur region of western Sudan. Now President Obama has joined that silence.
The regime in which Hamad serves has ruled Sudan with an iron fist since its coup in 1989. It's time for a real peace process that can set forth the terms of peaceful democratic change. The Sudanese people are in the streets, resiliently calling for change.
Allowing Bashir to attend the General Assembly meeting without consequence would send a clear message to the rest of the world emphasizing an international culture of impunity.
There is the old cliché, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. In King Lear, his treacherous daughter, Goneril, ironically speaks a great truth, even though she is using it to incite the death of her father.
Serving as an executor can be onerous and time-consuming, even for those with a strong financial or legal background. In a worst-case scenario, executors who act imprudently or in violation of their duties can be sued.
"Scare tactics [such as jumping off a fiscal cliff] by both political parties are non-constructive," cautions Cutler. Think instead, Cutler offers, of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Pointing out the pair survived their jump, Cutler talks of a jump into opportunity.
By Scott Edwards Just as storms overwhelm unattended levees, political strife and armed conflict can overwhelm the system of international law create...
Those who have the duty to protect them attack them. Darfuris need international authorities to help end a genocide that should have been stopped years ago.