The Global Citizen: International Criminal Justice
On March 1, 2010 the trial of Radovan Karadzic, former Bosnian Serb politician, resumed at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. Karadzic was arrested in Belgrade in 2008 after being on the run for over a decade. He is accused of eleven counts of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. Karadzic refused to enter a plea to charges and so the tribunal judge entered a plea of not guilty to all charges on his behalf, in line with the rules of the court.
Karadzic described the Bosnian conflict as "just and holy." Sarajevo, where some 12,000 people died in 44 months, has been described as the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare. Karadzic told the court that Sarajevo, was "not a city under siege" by Bosnian Serb forces. He also stated that claims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were based on "false myths and false victims". Karadzic laid the blame for the outbreak of the Bosnian war on the Bosnian Muslims. He added: "It is going to be easy for me to prove that I had nothing to do with it."
World Peace Through Law: Rethinking an Old Theory and a Call for a UN Peace Force
by: James T. Ranney1 of the Philadelphia CGS Chapter
Much excitement was generated earlier this year when Radovan Karadzic, former Bosnian Serb leader was arrested in Belgrade and charged by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia with war crimes and genocide. Since his arrest in July, Karadzic has pleaded Not Guilty to these charges, and is now claiming that genocide never occurred in Srebrenica .
Trial Begins in Miami for Torture Committed in Liberia
September 23, 2008 - The upcoming trial for the ex-Liberian president's son, Charles 'Chuckie' Taylor, Jr., marks the first remarkable step towards prosecuting human rights offenders who commit their abuses abroad.
Chuckie Taylor is accused of ordering torture during his father's presidency in Liberia between 1997 and 2003 as head of the nation's Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU). Mr. Taylor is an American citizen, and was born in Massachusetts.
According to a 14-year-old federal law never before exercised, American citizens or persons on U.S. soil accused of committing torture abroad are to be prosecuted in the United States. The case is the first of its kind and should trigger the beginning of an aggressive campaign to bring human rights violators to justice, whether they commit their transgressions on U.S. soil or abroad.
According to Human Rights Watch's senior counsel Elise Keppler , the "trial is a vital, long-awaited step by the U.S. government to ensure human rights abusers do not escape justice."
From the Guardian Unlimited:
The new leadership of the United Nations is facing a defiant challenge from within one of its few recent successes - the war crimes tribunal in The Hague - over who will steer the epic trials towards their close.
September 19, 2007
The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon
New York, New York 10017
Dear Mr. Secretary General:
Our friends at Human Rights Watch just sent out this advisory on Ahmed Haroun.
I just attended a very interesting session here at the ABA meeting. The international section pulled together a large group of foreign lawyers for a series of talks from some of the brightest minds in the organized bar. Speakers at the session (technically 2 back to back sessions) included current ABA President Karen Mathis and President elect Bill Neukom.
Ms. Mathis gave a very powerful speech on the need to build an international network of lawyers capable of advancing justice across the globe during this time of crisis. Her talk was well received by the group. The lawyers in the room were drawn from 25 or so countries and are involved in the hard work of advancing the rule of law on the ground often with little outside support. Issues such as ratification of the ICC and formation of national bar associations were discussed.
General/President Musharraf has, at least since 9/11, been viewed as an American stooge by Pakistanis of all political persuasions and at today's rally in support of Pakistan's suspended chief justice the demonstrators visually represented this sentiment.
They did so by burning an American flag at the rally.
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