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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.

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.

Genocide by 'Joint Criminal Enterprise'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The "Genocide Convention," to which the U.S. is party, carries with it the affirmative obligation to confront the crime while still ongoing and not just to punish the perpetrators after the fact.

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...

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.

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?

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.

Does the UN See US "Institutionalized Discrimination" in the Wake of Ferguson?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.

Confronting ISIS: Is Rule of Law and Democracy Part of Coalition?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Beating ISIS on the battleground could prove inconclusive, even counterproductive, if its dogma is not de-legitimized. This cannot be done by the gun but the law and a political system that offers an alternative to the rule of might.

Raising the Bar: The International Criminal Court Deserves Supremely Qualified Judges

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Tiina Intelmann

It is one of the main responsibilities of States Parties to provide the Court with the tools to fulfill its mandate. This includes not only financial support but also nominating and electing supremely qualified judges.

Will Zionism and Hamas Ideology Be Criminalized?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) remains one of few options for the "State of Palestine," but it's one with profound implications for Zionism and Hamas.

The Day of International Criminal Justice: Exploring shared values of the ICC and the UN

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 09.21.2014 | World
Tiina Intelmann

Those who fear and oppose the Court capitalize on silence to claim that the Court is losing support. This year, my office, together with the Court, marked the Day of International Criminal Justice by inviting state officials and the general public to commemorate 17 July together.

Can Muslim UN Human Rights Chief Save Humanity From Itself?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge for both Muslims and the international community is to counter the hijacking of the Muslim identity by extremists and also to respond to the victimization of all, including Muslims who are targeted by bigotry as well co-coreligionists.

Might Putin Face International Criminal Court by Annexing Crimea?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.10.2014 | World
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?

Who Will Get Sold Out at Syria Peace Talks?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.22.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

All individual leaders -- and, for that matter, ideologies -- are expendable. No global or regional power or current leader should be allowed to claim as their own a shared future that first belongs to all Syria's citizens. That would be a sell-out!

My Heroes Are Dying!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The examples and lessons of the heroes that emerged at the end of the last century are more relevant than ever to the real and projected fears, threats, and challenges facing us in this one.

Are Heads of State the Real Victims in Africa?

Diana Jenkins | Posted 02.03.2014 | World
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?

Annual Session of States Parties to the Statute of the International Criminal Court

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Tiina Intelmann

As we shape our decisions we should bear in mind the interests of the ultimate beneficiaries of the Rome Statute system -- the victims and affected communities who have been subjected to atrocity crimes.

What Next for the ICC in Africa?

Freedom House | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Freedom House

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

Africa and the ICC Are Stronger Together

Freedom House | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Freedom House

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

International Criminal Justice Day: Making the Impossible Possible

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Tiina Intelmann

Today, celebrating the Day of International Criminal Justice, is a perfect occasion to not only commemorate the strides that have been made toward ending impunity but to also demonstrate a continued commitment to ensuring accountability for crimes that threaten the peace, security, and well-being of the world.

International Criminal Tribunal Born as Bastard?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

I had the fortune to be there for the birth of both the ICTY and the ICC, and perhaps give a critical push then to the realization of what is still a work in progress today.

The Bedrock of the Rome Statute System

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 07.02.2013 | World
Tiina Intelmann

Soon the ICC will celebrate its 11th anniversary. It is a good time to take another look at the Rome Statute system and to focus on some aspects of it that need special focus. One of them is how states are equipped to exercise their primary jurisdiction over atrocity crimes.

"Justice May Be Slow but It Is Inevitable"

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Nikolić's and Jeremić's promotion of historical revisionism that denies genocide and accentuates ethnic chauvinism negates what many in Washington and Brussels may wishfully want to see as a more politically progressive Serbia.

Malala, Lubanga, and the Universal Right to Childhood

The Morningside Post | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
The Morningside Post

The Security Council and the International Criminal Court have both shown a lack of determination to treat crimes against children with the gravity that their mandates demand.