War Crimes

Impunity in the Armed Forces, Inconsistency in the Foreign Office

Robin Jones | Posted 17.04.2014 | 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 24.03.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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.

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.

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka's No Fire Zone

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Rosenkrantz

The Sri Lankan Government had also previously asked the Malaysian Government to ban the showing of No Fire Zone. Len Hendry of the Malaysian Human Rights organisation Pusat Komas appeared in court and was charged with organizing the screening. She faces a maximum of three years in jail if convicted.

Liberian War Criminal To Serve 50-Year Sentence In UK

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia who was convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on war crimes, is to be transferred to ...

Manning Should Never Have Been in the US Military's Crosshairs

Neil Durkin | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Chelsea Manning should have her crushing 35-year sentence commuted by President Obama to the three-and-a-quarter years she's already spent behind bars awaiting trial and sentence... What purpose is there in further punishing a woman who has, when all's said and done, helped publicise deeply troubling incidents.

USA Must Not Abandon Forgotten Allies in Burma

Nang Seng | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Nang Seng

Whenever people learn I am from Burma, the first thing they say is something like, 'isn't it all getting better there now?' Perhaps it is for some, but I am an ethnic Kachin woman, and so my answer is no, it is getting much much worse.

Platitudes Won't Stop Rape in Burma

Zoya Phan | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
Zoya Phan

When Thein Sein met Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague, he would have found them a lot more enthusiastic about the reform process in Burma than most people who actually live there.

Soldier Fined For Abusing Afghan Civilians

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK

Two British soldiers were today sentenced for abusing civilians, including children, during the war in Afghanistan. A 22-year-old former serviceman...

Why Iraq Still Matters Ten Years On

John Wight | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

I will never forget the feelings of grief, anger, fear, and sadness that overwhelmed me when news came that the bombs and missiles had started falling on Baghdad. I was on the set of the movie, which by now I hated, when it came.

Jessica Elgot

Children In Combat, Summary Executions And A 'Hole Of Death'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK

Human rights campaigners have warned that Syrian opposition fighters are conducting summary killings, using child soldiers, sectarian violence and com...