War Crimes

Blood Diamonds, Diesel Fumes and Politics as Usual

Sean Clinton | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK
Sean Clinton

Our political leaders won't act unless public pressure forces them to do so and the trade in blood diamonds will continue unchecked and unseen. Consumers, especially those in the fashion, film and media industry who are used to promote the industry, must questions the ethical provenance of the jewellery they wear and not allow the industry to fob them off with bogus claims that diamonds are ethically sourced and conflict-free.

Critical Moment In Geneva - But Will the Tamils See Justice?

James Berry MP | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Politics
James Berry MP

If a judicial mechanism cannot be delivered, the UN Security Council meeting must be used as an opportunity to make the judicial process as accountable as possible. It must be used to set concrete and measurable targets for improving the lives of Tamil people in Sri Lanka.

Between the Scylla of Impunity and Charybdis of Show Trials: The Pursuit of Justice and Accountability in Bangladesh

Toby Cadman | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Toby Cadman

Despite the disastrous experience of the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh, there is still hope for the Bangladeshi vessel to reach its "Ithaca", Justice. With political willingness and international support, a real process of accountability could still be achieved.

These Protesters Made John McCain Bark

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- Republican Senator John McCain unleashed a tirade against a group of anti-war protesters during an Armed Services Committee hearing on Thu...

Israelis Could Be Charged With War Crimes When Palestine Joins UN Court

The Huffington Post UK and agencies | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK

Palestine will join the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 1 this year, paving the way for potential war crimes charges against Israeli offic...

Egyptian Coup Leaders to Face Justice in the UK

Toby Cadman | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics
Toby Cadman

The intent upon which the law of Universal Jurisdiction in the United Kingdom was developed was to ensure that those persons committing international crimes such as torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity, those crimes that have attained the status of jus cogens, in foreign jurisdictions couldn't escape justice, simply on the basis that that country did not have the appetite or ability to commence such proceedings.

Jessica Elgot

Israel Displayed 'Callous Indifference' To Gaza Civilian Deaths, Says Amnesty Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK

Israeli forces could have prevented the scale of civilian deaths during the summer offensive in Gaza, but showed "callous indifference" to the fate of...

The Death of Professor Ghulam Azam in Custody, a Fresh Wound for Bangladesh

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

I wasn't quite sure how I should respond to the death of Professor Ghulam Azam, the name I remember from nearly two years when it was suggested to me that the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh was set up to destroy the prominent figure...

UK Should Not Hinder Palestine's Right to International Criminal Court

Alyn Smith | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

Encouraging the Palestinians to accede to the ICC, which they have been eligible to do since attaining Observer State status at the UN in 2012, would introduce an accountability mechanism that would deter future violence. It would also provide an incentive for each side to stay at the negotiating table.

10,000 Civilian Deaths In Iraq This Year

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK

The full devastation wrought upon Iraq by the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, was detailed in a UN report published on Thursday, highlighting a “...

Burma's President Thein Sein in the Hague At Last

Mark Farmaner | Posted 08.11.2014 | 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 08.10.2014 | 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'.