Topic: International Justice
Mexico’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing. It’s Time for a New Vision of Reform
Human rights advocates, as well as a diverse collection of artists and policymakers, are calling on the government to seek international support in order to reinvigorate a discredited justice system.
Barack Obama's Visit to Africa and the International Criminal Court Prosecution of Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan
Amid much controversy over the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant for Sudan president Omar Al-Bashir, the United States can play a leading role in clarifying the situation.
A Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Now or Never
OSI executive director James Goldston urges the United Nations to push forward with the creation of an international court to address crimes against humanity during Khmer Rouge-era Cambodia.
Denied a Shot at a Good Education
Europe's top human-rights watchdog issued an urgent rebuke to the Czech Republic last week: Stop the continued racial segregation of Roma children in schools, which damns them to "a future as second-class citizens."
Genocide in All But Name, for the “Crime” of Being Gay
Seven countries still apply the death penalty against homosexuals. Another 75 criminalize same-sex relations. It’s time to do something about these state-sanctioned acts of hate and destruction.
New Surprises Bedevil the Charles Taylor Trial
First a lawyer in the dock. Now a missing judge. The strange gets stranger at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Out in the Cold: Vetting for Nationality in Kenya
In Kenya, secret government edicts ensure that millions face discrimination when they try to secure access to nationality and basic rights. But a new case before the High Court in Mombasa is chipping away at the practice.
Fizi Diary: “This Is a Once in a Lifetime”
In far eastern Congo, where sex crimes are rampant, an innovative experiment is underway. The goal: to end the impunity and bring a measure of justice for victims.
Giving Mexico the Criminal Justice System It Deserves
Mexico is struggling to leave behind an outdated and ineffective criminal justice system. One state, Morelos, has taken an unprecedented step.
Case Watch: Australia's Complicity in Torture—No More Excuses
In an age where any inquiry by a government into its complicity in rendition and torture is rare, a small step from Australia is welcome. But we should not confuse it with proper accountability.
The Log in America's Eye
Many observers wonder at the apparent disconnect between American support for justice abroad and President Obama's determination to "look forward not backward" at home.
ICC Must Consider the Security of War Victims
The International Criminal Court's resources must be improved to focus more on winning back the trust of victims, particularly in Africa, through better outreach and effective protection.
Amidst UNESCO Scandal, President Obiang Gives Schools Notebooks in His Image
In the last several months, the UNESCO-Obiang Prize in Life Sciences has generated more controversy than the organization has seen in decades. Facing a global outcry, the president of Equatorial Guinea has tried to fire back with some good old-...
Charles Taylor: The View from Sierra Leone
As the glamor and intrigue continue in the war-crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor—with a Hollywood actress and a supermodel's former agent testifying in The Hague about blood diamonds—the view from Sierra Leone looks...
The Power of Women in Advancing the Cause of Gender Justice
The presence of women on international war crimes tribunals and as advocates for gender justice has played a vital role in the gains seen in the two decades in recognizing rape as a war-crime.
Case Watch: A Step Forward in Colombia’s Struggle for Truth
An Inter-American Court decision addresses abuses committed by the military in the aftermath of a bloody siege at Colombia’s main court building in 1985.
Case Watch: Netherlands Liable over Iraq War Checkpoint Death
A case involving the shooting of an Iraqi civilian has added to a growing jurisprudence on the obligation to investigate human rights abuses in times of armed conflict abroad.
Trying Khmer Rouge Leaders Twice: A Guide for the Perplexed
Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal has begun a second trial on charges including genocide of two aged former Khmer Rouge senior leaders although both have already received life sentences for other crimes against humanity.
Lubanga: A Landmark Decision for International Justice
The International Criminal Court issued its first judgment today—a milestone in the path towards accountability.
Litany of Failure: Pressure Mounts for Education Reform in Czech Republic
Two fresh studies have again criticized the Czech Republic's failure to stop channeling Romani children into dead-end "practical" schools—which leaves them under-educated and unqualified for a job—at a rate which dwarfs their non-Romani classmates.