The GOP Presidential Candidates’ Infatuation With Illegal Torture

The GOP Presidential Candidates’ Infatuation With Illegal Torture

For anyone who cares deeply about being informed, watching Republican presidential debates can feel like a form of torture. But the program becomes more terrifying altogether when their ignorance is hitched to an endorsement of actual torture. At the latest GOP debate...
Ending Impunity in Latin America

Ending Impunity in Latin America

Please join this conversation the past four decades of work to end impunity in Latin America with longtime human rights champions. As the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) turns 40 and the Institute for Policy Studies enters its sixth decade, we are more aware...
Ntaganda: What? No Bail Bondsmen in the Hague?

Ntaganda: What? No Bail Bondsmen in the Hague?

Notorious Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, who surrendered himself to the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, has been transferred to the Hague for his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Known as the “Terminator,” Ntaganda is being charged with war...
The Strange Case of Charles Taylor

The Strange Case of Charles Taylor

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who was found guilty of 11 charges by a court in the Netherlands, is a man of many firsts. He’s the first head of state to have escaped from a medium-security prison in the United States. He was the first sitting head of...
U.S. Torturers are Still Awaiting Arrest

U.S. Torturers are Still Awaiting Arrest

Treat ’em harshly, Go to town! There’s no court To bring us down. Torture isn’t a good subject to fail on one’s moral report card. If you’re an individual, St. Peter is likely to take a dim view. If you’re a nation, it can cost you...
Letter from Kenya: An On-the-Ground Take on Kony 2012

Letter from Kenya: An On-the-Ground Take on Kony 2012

Editor’s note: David Zarembka is the coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) of the Friends Peace Teams in Lumakanda, Kenya. He wrote this letter to friends and family in mid-March, after becoming the 79,574,419th person in the world to download...
The Curse of Cluster Bombs

The Curse of Cluster Bombs

Laos, a small landlocked country in Southeast Asia known as “the most bombed country on earth,” fittingly hosted an international disarmament conference in November 2010. This was a follow-up to an Oslo conference in 2008 when 94 nations signed the...

U.S. Hijacks ICC conference

The United States managed to foil the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) adoption of the crime of aggression as part of its mandate during the just-concluded review conference in Kampala, Uganda. Despite the fact that the United States is not a signatory to...

U.S. vs. ICC?

The recent Council on Foreign Relations report “From Rome to Kampala: The U.S. Approach to the 2010 International Criminal Court Review Conference” tells one side of a complex story. The author Vijay Padmanabhan asserts that the “United States has...
The Court of Last Resort

The Court of Last Resort

In 2003, rebels went on a killing spree in a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They imprisoned survivors in rooms filled with corpses and made women and girls sex slaves. In other towns they conscripted children into their rebel forces, turning...

Indicting Bashir Is Wrong

This is part of a strategic dialogue on Omar al-Bashir’s indictment. Find Meghan Stewart’s piece here and the responses here. The indictment of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court (ICC) threatens peace and security in...