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Crimes Against Humanity

Quest for identity - orphans of the narrative

Ziyah Gafic | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Ziyah Gafic

These are simple objects: clocks, keys, combs, glasses. They are the things that victims of genocide in Bosnia carried with them on their final journe...

Who Aches With Me?

Lori Day | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Lori Day

War allows men (and sometimes women) who would otherwise live within the rules of civilized society to become animals. But for the most part, animals do not display the calculated and indiscriminate savagery of humans, who are not killing to obtain food.

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?

Derek Flood | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

In the case of the Islamic State, the question we need to ask is: What can we do to make things right? What can we do to protect the vulnerable? What can we do to stop the violence?

This #17July, Invest in International Criminal Justice Because #JusticeMatters

Kip Hale | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Kip Hale

July 17 marks International Criminal Justice Day, when the international community reflects on its collective effort to end impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression.

If Bush Is a War Criminal, Then So Are Truman, LBJ, Nixon and Obama

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Were the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki a "breach of the rules of warfare"? How about our use of Agent Orange in Vietnam or the secret bombings of Cambodia and Laos? Furthermore, since Obama has simply continued many Bush-era policies, does this make him guilty of the same crimes?

The Argument Against U.S. Intervention in Syria... And Why It's Wrong

Wendy Pearlman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Wendy Pearlman

We must pursue all political avenues for saving lives. Yet this investment in diplomacy should not eliminate more significant kinds of intervention. Without greater pressure, the Syrian regime is unlikely to consent to a transitional government, or even decelerate its killing of its own people.

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.

A Justice Denied as Bangladesh Prosecutes War Crimes

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 02.01.2014 | World
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.

Mission Accomplished? Syria, the Anti-War Movement, and the Spirit of Internationalism

Danny Postel | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Danny Postel

It's hard for me to share the peace movement's triumphalism. Yes, a US military attack was thwarted - good. But is that where the story ends?

What Chemical Weapons Feel Like

Adam C. Levine | Posted 11.08.2013 | World
Adam C. Levine

Here is the tough thing about war crimes: at the time they are committed, they are often difficult to distinguish from the seemingly random violence occurring all around them. History, though, rarely forgives us for our lack of clarity or our desire for more details.

Silence Is Not Golden

Marisa Fox | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Marisa Fox

I, for one, don't want to look back at Syria, the way I'm now looking back at Rwanda and the start of World War II. I know military strikes aren't simple. I understand the consequences. I know the heavy price soldiers pay. My mother was one.

Syria and Sudan: Our Selective Moral Outrage

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Rebecca Tinsley

It is legalistic hair-splitting to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria while turning a blind eye to the deliberate and sustained targeting of unarmed civilians in Sudan.

Boko Haram Accused Of Crimes Against Humanity

AP | Posted 08.05.2013 | World

AMSTERDAM -- The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says that after a preliminary investigation she believes that acts attributed to the N...

On International Justice Day, an Inconvenient Truth

Amnesty International | Posted 09.15.2013 | World
Amnesty International

By Scott Edwards Just as storms overwhelm unattended levees, political strife and armed conflict can overwhelm the system of international law create...

Islamist Leader Gets 90 Years For War Crimes

AP | JULHAS ALAM | Posted 09.13.2013 | World

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A 91-year-old former chief of an Islamic party in Bangladesh was sentenced to 90 years in jail on Monday for crimes against human...

We Are All Africa: The ICC and Selective Justice

Jack Healey | Posted 06.21.2013 | World
Jack Healey

Africa is just like the West and needs to be treated as such. Yes, just like us when it comes to the crimes/justice that the ICC is tasked with. Justice demands a level playing field. Justice demands this because without justice before the bar we all become shadows.

Attorney: 'Kill The Gays' Supporter Deserves Charges

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Anti-gay activist Scott Lively had a day in court on Monday, in a pre-trial hearing over charges filed against him for his rhetoric and activism again...

The Price We Must Pay For International Criminal Justice

Kip Hale | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Kip Hale

Within a large convention hall in the suburbs of The Hague, The Netherlands, one of the most important matters in international justice is under debate, and sadly, only the most ardent stakeholders are paying attention.

Wole Soyinka: Religion Doesn't Justify Mayhem

theroot.com | Posted 10.01.2012 | Black Voices

To such a degree has religion fueled conflict, complicated politics, retarded social development and impaired human relations across the world that on...

A Joint Worthy Enterprise

Kip Hale | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
Kip Hale

It may come as a surprise to some, but the United Nations-Khmer Rouge Tribunal is working. This hybrid Cambodian-international tribunal is a joint enterprise worthy of strong support.

Global Warming and Carbon Dioxide Ethics

Duane Elgin | Posted 10.23.2012 | Green
Duane Elgin

What are the ethics of irretrievably mutilating an entire planet? When will humanity express its moral outrage that it is wrong to devastate an entire planet for countless generations to come, just to satisfy the consumer desires of a fraction of humanity for a single lifetime?

Should Accountability for Global Warming Be Linked to Crimes Against Humanity?

James O'Dea | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
James O'Dea

In the not-too-distant future, will politicians who intentionally ignore global climate change, or who obstruct action to implement conscientious policies to prevent deterioration of climate conditions, be deemed criminally negligent?

Death Squad Decision Sparks Outrage

AP | FRANKLIN BRICENO | Posted 09.23.2012 | World

LIMA, Peru — Peruvians are reacting with widespread anger to a Supreme Court ruling that could allow the imminent release of military death squa...

Crimes Against Humanity? Who, Me?

AP | Posted 07.19.2012 | World

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has appealed his war crimes and crimes against humanity convictions and his 50-y...

Fit To Be Tried For Genocide

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2012 | World

AMSTERDAM, July 13 (Reuters) - The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic will resume on Monday after doctors determined that ...