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Syria: Stop, Look and Listen

Richard Klass | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Richard Klass

We have seen this movie before and the ending is not pretty. And this time there is no Congressional authorization or U.N. fig leaf.

Getting Off the Wheel of Misfortune: US Policy and Syrian Suffering

Lisa Schirch | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Lisa Schirch

Syria is yet another tragedy where the U.S. has no good options, and this is partly a result of its own inconsistent and contradictory policy and goals. Ending violence in Syria requires a long-term solution. There just isn't any quick fix.

Civil Society: A Powerful Voice That Cannot Be Ignored

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Tiina Intelmann

Despite the summer lull, the International Criminal Court (ICC) continues to receive the attention of the international media. On July 17 the Day for International Criminal Justice marked the achievements of the international community in the fight against impunity.

'Inclusive' or 'Democratic' Egypt?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Allowing Egyptians to resolve the current crisis and define their own future would normally be the most appropriate and longer-term constructive policy. However, it is evident that some on either side of the political divide are seeking to draw battle lines.

The Struggle Continues: Seeking Compensation for Vietnamese Agent Orange Victims, 52 years on

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The use of Agent Orange on civilian populations violates the laws of war; yet no one has been held to account. Taxpayers pick up the tab of the Agent Orange Compensation fund for U. S. Veterans at a cost of 1.52 billion dollars a year.

Political Leaders Stall Needed Reconciliation in Côte d'Ivoire

Matt Wells | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Matt Wells

Recent weeks have shown how the political elite keep blocking the path to reconciliation in Côte d'Ivoire. The leadership from both sides of the politico-ethnic divide appears unwilling to learn the vital lessons from a decade of civil conflict in which thousands of civilians were killed.

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.

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...

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.

Red Lines in Sudan

Elizabeth Blackney | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Elizabeth Blackney

Millions have been displaced over the course of the genocide in Darfur and border clashes. The crisis on the border left 120,000 without critical food and medical aid just in Jonglei state, according to Doctors Without Borders.

International Criminal Court Makes Decision On Pope Benedict Investigation

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 06.13.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- The International Criminal Court has rejected a longshot request by clergy sex abuse victims to investigate former Pope Benedict XVI and V...

Gender Justice and the International Criminal Court

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Tiina Intelmann

Gender crimes have historically been a feature of armed conflicts but it is perhaps difficult to imagine that they are still an enduring part of conflicts well into the twenty-first century. The facts, however, are gruesome.

Rethinking Bahrain for Progress in Syria

Kip Hale | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Kip Hale

To alleviate Russian and other key players' concerns, the U.S. must give them reason to think otherwise. One essential first step to change their opinions would be for the U.S. to re-establish itself as a principled leader on human rights issues in the region, vis-à-vis action in Bahrain.

The International Criminal Court and the United Nations Security Council: Perceptions and Politics

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Tiina Intelmann

The relationship between the International Criminal Court and the UN Security Council has generated much discussion, criticism and controversy. But the Security Council has played a crucial role in international criminal justice.

The United States and the ICC: Support From Outside of the Rome Statute System Matters

Tiina Intelmann | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Tiina Intelmann

It is a court of last resort ready to step in if everything else fails, and over the past ten years it has gained wide recognition for its work. At the same time the Rome Statute system is lacking enforcement mechanisms in cases of a refusal to cooperate.

Kenya Balancing Act: Human Rights, Civil Society, Neo-Colonialism, and Democracy

Daniel Ben-Horin | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Daniel Ben-Horin

The drama plays out of whether or not Kenyatta and Ruto will appear in the Hague. The balance between repudiating colonialism and protecting human rights is infinitely tricky. We must get it right.

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.

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.

Accountability for the Atrocities in Syria: A Call on the Opposition

Christian Wenaweser | Posted 06.12.2013 | World
Christian Wenaweser

When earlier reports indicated that the regime, true to form, was primarily responsible for these atrocities, the opposition forces have quickly made up ground in this contest of horrors.

Whitewashing Genocide

Diana Jenkins | Posted 06.20.2013 | World
Diana Jenkins

The United Nations, which is supposed to represent the best of our collective aspirations for justice and human rights, yesterday represented the worst.

Kenya: Why a President Kenyatta May Never Stand Trial for Crimes Against Humanity

Edwin Okong'o | Posted 05.26.2013 | World
Edwin Okong'o

Kenya is the staunchest and most docile proxy of the two countries' regional war on terror, so it makes sense to think that they would worry about the implications of working with a president accused of crimes against humanity.

Congolese Warlord Tells ICC He Is Innocent

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 03.26.2013 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- A Rwandan-born warlord known as "The Terminator" insisted Tuesday he is innocent of charges including murder, rape, pillagin...

Kenya's Message to the West

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Uhuru Kenyatta's disputed election to the presidency of Kenya earlier this month raises a host of questions regarding its legality, Kenyatta's indictment at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and whether Kenya will become isolated as a result.

One Palestinian Village Obama Should Visit

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Sunjeev Bery

Israeli military law imposed in the occupied West Bank places sweeping and arbitrary restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. This makes any unauthorized peaceful protest by Palestinians a criminal offence.