War Crimes

Burma's President Thein Sein in the Hague At Last

Mark Farmaner | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Farmaner

There is a downward spiral of continuing attacks, human rights violations, repression and restrictions on humanitarian aid against the Rohingya. There is impunity from the villager to the President, and as long as this impunity continues, so will the repression and violations of international law.

Quick, Pick a Side, Israel or Palestine?

Isabelle Younane | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabelle Younane

Apparently we are presented with two monochromatic sides of this argument, Team Israel vs. Team Gaza, and failure to select one on the basis of who is or is not a terrorist means that your opinion is unlikely to rear its humdrum head in mainstream news or grant you a few thousand followers on Twitter.

"Even If They Die Many Times Over, It Would Not Be Enough"

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK

These heartbreaking images capture the moment, through the eyes of the survivors when two former Khmer Rouge leaders were sentenced to life in prison ...

Bangladesh's Contribution to International Criminal Justice

Toby Cadman | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Politics
Toby Cadman

The list of problems with the trials and the improper actions of the Bangladesh government are manifold and are widely reported so are not regurgitated here in depth. I invite you however to read them

Iraq Enters the Abyss

John Wight | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

The shocking news that the city of Mosul in northern Iraq has just been overrun by ISIS Sunni extremists exposes beyond dispute the disastrous policy that is being followed by the British government in the Middle East, and more broadly the pressing need to hold the original authors of the ongoing disaster in Iraq - specifically Tony Blair - to legal account.

UN: 'The Scene at First Light Was Devastating'

Frances Harrison | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

New photographs have emerged five years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka showing the aftermath of government attacks on a United Nations food distribution centre inside the war zone.

The ICC Investigation Is a Powerful Aesthetic Opportunity for the United Kingdom

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

The United Kingdom should take the ICC's investigation in stride to show its younger, oversized, wayward little brother that there is nothing to be afraid of--and that global leadership in the 21st century demands constructive engagement, even with those institutions and organizations whose mandates you find disagreeable. This is a powerful aesthetic opportunity. The UK shouldn't waste it.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ukip Is Racist.. Says Asian Ukip Activist

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 14 May 2014... 1) UKIP IS RACIST.. SAYS ASIAN UKIP ACTIVIST For the past few weeks, a deb...

The Syrian Crisis Is Not Over - And Assad Is Winning

James Snell | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria has been, by and large, relegated from the front page to the 'World News' sections of quality papers. Politicians no longer mention the fate of that nation and its occupants - and, if they can summon up the courage, they do so in mundane statements, of the sort which bloodlessly assert how truly awful it all is.

Impunity in the Armed Forces, Inconsistency in the Foreign Office

Robin Jones | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Jones

The ECCHR and PIL Communication to the International Court affirms this when it states that those most responsible for British War Crimes are not the soldiers but those "high ranking civilian and military officials" reluctant to prosecute. If the Communication is successful, and the ICC is forced to act, these officials may yet be held to account.

Why I'm Taking the Bangladesh Prime Minister to the International Criminal Court

Toby Cadman | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Politics
Toby Cadman

In the face of this violence, and under pressure from the international community, the Bangladesh Government has tried to frame this situation as one of liberal secularism versus illiberal Islamism. Yet there is nothing progressive, secular in violently suppressing an opposition whose worldview you do not share.

Yarmouk: The Drowned and the Not-Yet-Saved

Neil Durkin | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Things are truly desperate. Two out of every three people in Yarmouk are now said to be suffering malnutrition, and at least 128 people have starved to death since last July.

Bringing Up the Bodies in Darfur

Olivia Warham | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

It is bad enough that the international community averts its eyes from the state-sponsored horror that persists in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan... We compound Darfur's suffering by failing to use our leverage in the region to ensure Bashir faces justice at the ICC.

Bangladesh and a Human Rights Crisis

Lord Avebury | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Avebury

Zia and Hasina's families have been rotating power for over 30 years, each taking retribution against the perceived iniquity of their predecessors. Sadly, the country's toxic cyclical politics is now being played out again.

Justice Must Not Be Dulled By Wrinkles

Jemma Wayne | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

The time has come for the role of international courts to evolve and take a greater part. Our own governments must facilitate and demand this. And respond to humanitarian need. If the question is 'are we our brother's keeper?' the answer must be a resounding 'yes'.

Starvation Is a War Crime - The World's Message to Parties of the Syria Conflict

Justin Byworth | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Justin Byworth

"If you can't stop the war then at least send us steel shelters so children have somewhere to hide, and send us some food so that people don't starve. The children in Syria are so hungry they are eating mud." These are the stark words of 12-year-old Syrian refugee Zeina to world leaders ahead of peace talks this week, which will determine her country's fate.

Five Numbers That Suggest Ariel Sharon Was a War Criminal

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The whitewashing of the late Ariel Sharon's blood-stained legacy was both predictable - and predicted. But that doesn't make it any less forgivable or tolerable.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The War On Migrants, Part 665

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 12 January 2013... 1) THE WAR ON MIGRANTS, PART 665 For Tory politicians, from George Osborn...

Senior Ministers In Blair's Government Face Probe Over Iraq 'War Crimes'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Government has insisted it will fight a bid to trigger prosecutions of former ministers and senior military figures over alleged war crimes in Ira...

Marine A-Style Killings Have Always Been a Feature of Britain's Dirty Wars - Ever Heard of Batang Kali?

Joe Glenton | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Joe Glenton

Last week, a Royal Marine was given a life sentence for murder. Such killings are framed as exceptions which do not reflect the "values and standards" of military service. In truth, war crimes carried out by British soldiers are not unusual.

Bangladesh and a Government in Denial

Toby Cadman | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Politics
Toby Cadman

It is now clear that Bangladesh is mired in an intractable political crisis. The main opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has boycotted next month's general election.

The Execution of Political Opponents in Bangladesh Is an Affront to Democracy

Lord Carlile | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Carlile

It is up to anti-death penalty advocates like the British government to now make their voices heard. The ICT's first round of executions may start in less than a month. If they are not halted, Bangladesh may enter a dark chapter in its history.

Tory Donors Flock To Sri Lanka For Controversial Business Forum

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has come under fire as it emerged that numerous Tory donors came to Sri Lanka for a business forum before the controversial Commonwealth...

Cameron 'Colonialist'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been accused by a Sri Lankan minister of acting like an imperialist, after the prime minister called for inquiry into alleged war cr...

The Royal Marine Murderer

Kevin Godlington | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kevin Godlington

It may be open and shut in the legal sense, but is not open and shut in the moral and ethical sense. The test maybe the law, but the proving ground is the battlefield. Now before you start getting all excited into thinking I am about to justify murder, wait one second and consider if you will some social mitigation.