• ICC

    Checking on the Health of the International Criminal Court

    by  • December 8, 2016 • Africa, Child Soldiers, Gender-Based Violence, ICC, International Justice • 

    THE HAGUE — At the glassy, eco-minded new building of the International Criminal Court here in the Netherlands’ capital, people who are being tried may still be called “detainees,” but make no mistake: they remain accused of such atrocities as murder, torture and child-soldier recruitment as well as gang-raping women and girls. It’s business...

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    South African Decision to Quit the ICC Draws Critics in Africa and Beyond

    by  • October 24, 2016 • Africa, ICC, International Justice • 

    South Africa’s announcement on Oct. 21 that it intends to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, which has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, has met strong opposition from civil society groups in that country and other African and international human-rights organizations. Africa has played major roles in the independent court,...

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    A Top Candidate Is Sidelined for the Post of UN Expert on Torture

    by  • September 4, 2016 • Human Rights • 

    The United Nations Human Rights Council will soon choose five new experts to monitor various human-rights topics, with nominees put forth by the council’s president. One top candidate, on torture, has stirred up controversy, and recently, his candidacy was sidelined for the second-top candidate in an unusual decision by the council president. Special procedures,...

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    Palestinians Move Fast to Join the ICC as Bid for Full Statehood Fails at the UN

    by  • December 31, 2014 • ICC, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 

    The Palestinians’ failed proposal to formally establish a state and end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by late 2017 through a vote in the United Nations Security Council on Dec. 30 continued to reflect the immense influence of the United States on the Palestinians’ ability to assert themselves through the world body. The...

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    Next Best in 2016? The UN Secretary-General Must Be a Reformer

    by  • December 9, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    GENEVA — For only the second time — the first was in 1996 — the electoral campaigns for the American president and the United Nations secretary-general are running in parallel. Both promise to be long and protracted. Each already has a growing slate of presumptive candidates pounding flesh and employing lobbyists. But the next...

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    New Protocols and Policies Tackle Sexual Violence in War

    by  • June 19, 2014 • Child Soldiers, Gender-Based Violence, ICC, International Justice, Women • 

    As Sunni Muslim extremists first seized strategic cities in Iraq last week, and a United Nations spokesman for the human-rights high commissioner, Navi Pillay, said that rapes had been part of the mayhem, leaving four female victims dead from suicide, the first global conference to end such heinous crimes took place in London. There,...

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    Rapes Committed During South Sudan’s Conflict Detailed by the UN

    by  • June 8, 2014 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Women • 

    Sexual violence remains a persistent war crime even as the United Nations Security Council and many governments try to fight such atrocities against civilians with condemnations, international law, sanctions and tribunals. The International Criminal Court has just issued a new policy paper to increase prosecutions of gender-based crimes. And as a summit to end...

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    In Synch, China and Russia Vote No on Syria Referral to ICC

    by  • May 22, 2014 • Security Council • 

    Russia and China have once again blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution on Syria. The latest resolution, proposed with great consideration by France and co-sponsored by 65 countries, including the United States, was to take a long-awaited, assertive step forward by referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for investigation...

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    Graphic Photos Reveal Syria’s Deadly Mix of Torture and Starvation

    by  • April 22, 2014 • Middle East, Security Council • 

    Syrian starvation victim

    Systematic widespread torture and starvation of prisoners held by the Syrian government has been documented by a team of forensic pathologists and confirmed by international legal experts using evidence provided through a former Syrian military official, according to a recent presentation held by France at the United Nations. High-resolution images projected on a screen...

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    Congolese Rebel Leader Faces Broad Charges of Sex Crimes

    by  • February 13, 2014 • Africa, Child Soldiers, Gender-Based Violence, ICC, International Justice, Women • 

    Bosco Ntaganda

    The first step to possibly try Bosco Ntaganda, a Congolese warlord born in Rwanda, for war crimes and crimes against humanity, began recently at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ntaganda, who turned himself in to the court last year by going to the United States Embassy in Rwanda, allegedly committed the crimes...

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    ICC Prosecutor Asks to Postpone Trial Against Kenyan President

    by  • December 19, 2013 • Africa, ICC, International Justice • 

    Kenyatta, president of Kenya

    Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague, has asked for a three-month postponement in the trial for the case against the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. The trial, already postponed several times, was to have started on Feb. 5, 2014. Kenyatta was accused of being an indirect...

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    Columbia University Adds New Gender Focus to Its International Affairs School

    by  • December 17, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Teenage girls in Cameroon

    Gender is at the center of international agendas, not at their periphery. Today, plans in Sochi for the forthcoming Olympics — the emblem of international cooperation — are riven by disputes over Russia’s policies toward lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender persons. Peacemakers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo must address the needs of more than 2.5 million...

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    Indian Ban on Gay Sex Draws UN Human Rights Rebuke

    by  • December 13, 2013 • Asia, Human Rights • 

    Gay pride parade, Bangalore

    An unexpected Indian Supreme Court ruling on Dec. 11 upholding a law that criminalizes same-sex relationships drew a swift rebuke within 24 hours from Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who called it a violation of international rights. The Indian court decision came barely a day after international Human Rights...

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    Will Kony Surrender as Forces Intervene in the Central African Republic?

    by  • November 24, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 

    Central African Republic village 2013

    Joseph Kony, the notorious Ugandan warlord who has been on the run in the central African bush for years, may be hiding and ready to surrender in the Central African Republic as the United Nations is most likely to send a peacekeeping force to the country. Discussions on the grave humanitarian and political conditions...

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    War Crimes Against Women and Girls Must Be Prosecuted

    by  • November 4, 2013 • Gender-Based Violence, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Three children walk to clean dishes in the Niger river in Gao, Mali.

      There is now overwhelming evidence that conflicts exacerbate pre-existing gender discrimination and put women and girls at heightened risk of sexual, physical and psychological violence. One appalling example of this evidence is the report recently to the Human Rights Council by the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, which highlights the threat and...

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    The International Criminal Court Fends Off ‘Ferocious’ Attack, Prosecutor Says

    by  • September 28, 2013 • Africa, Human Rights, ICC, International Justice, Middle East, Security Council • 1 Comment

    Fatou Bensouda, ICC prosecutor

    The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor – Fatou Bensouda – was busy in New York this week, rallying support for the court on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly annual debate. The Gambia native, who succeeded Luis Moreno-Ocampo, an Argentine, to head the  prosecutor’s office, talked exclusively to PassBlue about her...

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