3 september 2020

— Sarah Coniglio writes at Women’s Media Center that the International Criminal Court has opened its “presentation of what could be a landmark case for the prosecution of gender-based crimes.” Al-Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud “has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, including torture, rape, sexual slavery, and gender persecution surrounding Mali’s 2012-2013 internal armed conflict.” The ICC has not yet had a standing conviction for persecution on the basis of gender, and the Al Hassan case “has the potential to shine light on the unique harm perpetrators commit against individuals based on their gender, which enforces patriarchal social norms and increases the potency of their crimes.”

— BBC News says the US has imposed sanctions on chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and other senior ICC officials with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the court of “illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction.'” Assembly of States Parties President O-Gon Kwon said in response, “I strongly reject such unprecedented and unacceptable measures against a treaty-based international organization. … We stand by our Court and its staff as well as those cooperating with it in implementing its judicial mandate.”

— The Global Justice Center said in a news release, “The governments of Canada and the Netherlands today announced their intention to intervene in the genocide case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice.” Global Justice Center President Akila Radhakrishnan said, “Today’s announcement from Canada and the Netherlands is nothing short of historic. The Gambia took the brave and necessary step to file the case late last year, but the cause of the Rohingya must be a cause of the whole world.”

— David Langness writes at that “either people see global governance as the inevitable positive next step in the evolution of human society and the development of a peaceful planet; or the idea of a unified world causes them some trepidation.” Langness says “a global government could optimally respond to the next worldwide pandemic. Rather than trying to implement hundreds of disparate approaches with wildly-varying rates of success across states and nations, the world’s countries and their scientists, by cooperating rather than competing, would work together to quickly develop treatments and cures.”

— In an editorial, the Washington Post criticizes the U.S. Trump Administration for refusing to join the global vaccine effort organized in part by the World Health Organization, calling it “yet another example of America isolated and weak.” The Post calls Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda a “prescription for retreat from the world, an approach that leaves the United States more isolated and vulnerable than ever before.”

Young World Federalists shares the “World Federation Hymn” from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “Locksley Hall” and set to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”:

4 replies on “3 september 2020”

Not being biased but ICC ever convict any western leader on war crimes. Bush senior and bush Junior , Obama they directly or indirectly through their policies killed millions in Iraq , Afghanistan , Pakistan , Libya , Palestine , Iran , Venezuela. By stop supplying medicines in Iraq , Western countries killed one million children in a decade.

Does these organisation only work against certain religion or small countries ?


This is the weakness of the International Criminal Court: it can only operate in states that have signed and ratified the Rome Statute. A current example: Afghanistan is part of the Statute. The Court investigates war crimes committed there by US military personnel. For this reason it is massively criticized and threatened by the Trump Administration. So your point of criticism is not the court, but the powers that oppose the International Criminal Court. In a future World Federation, of course, things will be different.
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