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Impunity

Could Torture Report Be First Step to Ending U.S. War Crimes?

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Nicolas J.S. Davies

The torture of 119 people by the CIA is the tip of an iceberg of systematic war crimes that have become a defining characteristic of America's role in the world.

90 Percent Of Journalists' Killers Are Never Punished

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 10.28.2014 | Media

One of the greatest impediments to press freedom around the world is impunity in the murder of journalists, according to a study released Tuesday by t...

Mexican Government -- Tell Us the Truth -- Where are the Ayotzinapa 43?

Ted Lewis | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Ted Lewis

Among the hundreds of thousands of Mexicans pouring into the streets or protesting at Mexican consulates around the world, few doubt that it means the horrid nexus of collaboration between police, military, and criminal actors has come out into the open.

Absence of Accountability Key Obstacle to Democratic Transitions in Middle East and North Africa

David Tolbert | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
David Tolbert

What are the obstacles to democratic transition in the Arab world? It is a critical question, as the lives and well-being of millions of people are at stake.

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

Katherine Keating | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
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.

Haiti: In the Kingdom of Impunity

Michael Deibert | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Michael Deibert

There are many striking sights to be seen in Haiti today. In the north of the country, where over 200 years ago a revolt of slaves began that would ev...

Free Press Prerequisite for Success of Egyptian Revolution

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

The success of the new Egypt is no doubt dependent on many political factors. However, no real democracy or legitimacy can be won if everyone is expected to support the rulers only. Dissent, pluralism and different points of view are essential to guarantee democratic rule.

Jailed For Asking Who, What, Where and Why

Eric Matthies | Posted 04.04.2014 | Media
Eric Matthies

Forty in Turkey. Thirty five in Iran. Thirty two in China. Two in Russia. One in the United States. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), those numbers represent only some of the imprisoned journalists in 2013.

Anti-Corruption Is Marching Ahead

Frank Vogl | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Frank Vogl

As hundreds of millions of people, many very poor, across most of the world obtain Internet connections, see web-based news that governments find hard to censor, even in China, so the pressures on authorities to attack graft mounts.

Journalists View Human Rights Through a Prism of Impunity

Tricia Todd | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media
Tricia Todd

As we reflect upon the meaning of a day to respect Human Rights, we must insist on justice for all of those who have been killed, for those who are still held captive and for those under threat, merely for their efforts to stand up for basic rights.

A Progressive Perspective: Why Congress Should Approve the President's Request to Punish the Use of Chemical Weapons

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

History will judge us harshly, if we stand by idly, and legitimate the use of chemical weapons -- and weapons of mass destruction in general -- by allowing their use in the view of the full world to go unpunished.

Committing Acts of Journalism

Tricia Todd | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Tricia Todd

Shield Laws aren't simply for protecting journalists and their sources, they are to ensure the ability for investigative journalism to continue informing the public and strengthening democracy. Cherry picking who gets protected is another way of criminalizing journalism.

Lessons From the Boston Bombing: A Global View

Balakrishnan Rajagopal | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Balakrishnan Rajagopal

No one can assure a perfectly safe future. Public spaces in democratic countries will always be risky, but they do not need to become murderous. It is within our power to reduce the chances of future attacks if we live by our own ideals and promises, and treat others not as lesser humans.

ICC Indictee Set to Travel to Ethiopia

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

The UN needs to take tougher action on member states that deliberately disrespect their obligations. This will hopefully deter other suspects from Darfur, Sudan from visiting other member states of the UN.

Washington's War-Makers Aren't 'in a Bubble,' They're in a Bunker

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

With the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion coming up next month, we can expect a surge of explanations for what made that catastrophe possible.

Human Rights in Serbia

John Feffer | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
John Feffer

One of the major problems plaguing the Balkans in particular is impunity. People commit crimes, and they get away with it.

Al Bashir, One More Year at Large

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

The United Nations and other credible observers estimate that the wave of violence in Darfur may have killed as many as 500,000 people. We, as an international community continue to fail the victims.

Investigating Kenya: What's In A Name?

Seth Engel | Posted 04.04.2012 | World
Seth Engel

Let's hope that the next cases brought in the ICC are winners with real "organizational policies" committing the most serious of crimes.

Suck on This

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Here are some notes from a nation in which the wealthy and powerful increasingly act with near impunity and the lesser off just have to "suck on this" -- in the immortal and unwittingly apt phrase of one of our elite pundits.

Egypt: New Regime, Some Old Abuses

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

By Geoffrey Mock, the Egypt country specialist and chair of the Middle East County Specialists for Amnesty International USA. Nearly a month after E...

Will There Be Justice for Murdered Egyptian Blogger?

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amnesty International

Impunity is one of the great building blocks of the state of oppression in Egypt. In a government where torture and abuse is systematic, police and security officials rarely are brought to trial for their actions.

The Long Arm of Justice

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

As Radovan Karadzic sits between two UN prison guards in an international tribunal, one must wonder, is the end of impunity finally coming to a close?

Central America's Rule of Law: Guatemala Captures Portillo But Honduras Rewards Micheletti

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Altschuler

For decades, impunity has reined in Central America. Dictatorial rule, coups, murder, and genocide have, for the most part, gone unpunished. This mont...

Turning a Blind Eye to Killing and Rape in DR Congo

Navi Pillay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Navi Pillay

Turning a blind eye to egregious human rights abuses is a recipe for disaster. The UN Security Council, when discussing the protection of civilians in armed conflict, must hold perpetrators of these abuses accountable.