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North Korea: It's Time for Obama to Act

John Sifton | Posted 03.28.2014 | World
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.

Might Putin Face International Criminal Court by Annexing Crimea?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.10.2014 | 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?

The Crises in Ukraine and Syria: Putin Caught in the Jaws of a Vise

Raghida Dergham | Posted 02.28.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The battles for Kiev and Damascus are caught between prudence and heavy-handedness, in a polarization that is fateful not only for Ukraine and Syria, but also for the relationship between Russia and the West. It is a phase of anxious repositioning.

WATCH: Model's Choice of Snack Will Surprise You

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 02.12.2014 | Taste

New York exhibitionism at its finest.

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!

Is Animal Rights the Next Human Rights?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Will the passion of the animal rights movement soon become part of an international debate at the United Nations and related institutions as "Digital Diplomacy" takes another advance from the virtual?

'Polar Vortex Ice Cream' Made Outside In Just 8 Minutes

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste

That's just how cold it is in New York City.

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...

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 ...

Sun and Sensibility

Sean Savoy | Posted 12.24.2013 | Religion
Sean Savoy

Over the last decade there has been an increasing number of articles on the subject of "sun gazing" or "sun eating." Many of these articles suggest that a person can attain superhuman qualities by absorbing light through the eyes.

Netherlands Sets Fresh Course vs. Moscow on Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise Seizure and Arrests

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Netherlands is in a unique position to assert the rule of law in the case of the Arctic Sunrise, beyond the consideration of the ship's registration. The Netherlands is home to several major international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

African Union Slams International Criminal Court

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

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 | World
Freedom House

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

Court Upholds Dictator's 50-Year Sentence

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 11.26.2013 | World

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands — More than a decade after fuelling a murderous campaign of terror in Sierra Leone by supplying rebels with arms, Char...

Lessons From Russian and Balkan History on How to Stop the War in Syria

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber

The current debate on the use and ban of chemical weapons in Syria is a salient testimony to a seemingly forgone notion in crisis diplomacy: the downward spiral of conflict doesn't end until the strategic interests of the key players are addressed.

Horrific Church Massacre In Kenya Revealed In Trial

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The first witness to testify in the International Criminal Court trial of Kenya's deputy president described Tuesday how a m...

When Should We Violate International Law in Order to Enforce It?

Craig Martin | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Craig Martin

Those who advocate for yet again violating the norm on aggression should consider the long term ramifications of this for the international legal order.

Kenya Leaves International Criminal Court

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO and TOM ODULA | Posted 09.05.2013 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenya's parliament on Thursday passed a motion to withdraw from the International Criminal Court just before the country's president...

Syria Strike - Symbolic or Conflict Altering?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Intervention, even if limited or "measured" has to calculate the possibilities beyond the initial strike from counterstrikes and further escalation by Assad forces, to the diplomatic response of adversaries and hesitant allies.

Sudan's President Flees Nigeria With ICC On His Tail

AP | BASHIR ADIGUN and MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 09.15.2013 | World

ABUJA, Nigeria — Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir has left Nigeria, the spokesman at his embassy said Tuesday, following demands from human rights...

Sitting President Still Wanted on Charges of Genocide In Darfur

Tom Andrews | Posted 09.11.2013 | World
Tom Andrews

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.

The African Union vs. the International Criminal Court: Where Should African Victims Seek Justice?

Bukeni Waruzi | Posted 08.25.2013 | World
Bukeni Waruzi

The African Union's hostility toward the ICC stands to benefit perpetrators of crimes; the losers will be the millions of victims in Africa.

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.