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zaterdag 14 juli 2018

ICC Turns 20 | The World Cup and Diversity


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THE WEEK IN RIGHTS | JULY 12, 2018
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The International Criminal Court, the world’s only permanent international court designed to try war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, marks the 20th anniversary of its founding treaty next Tuesday. The court is on the brink of unprecedented moves, including a possible investigation in Afghanistan, while operating on a dangerously lean budget. Richard Dicker, International Justice director for Human Rights Watch, played a role in the court’s founding. Here are his views on the court’s challenges, its future, and why the world needs international justice.
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This weekend I sat in my local bar and, alongside an enthusiastic and racially diverse group of English fans, watched England defeat Sweden to advance to the World Cup semi-finals. That shared moment of sporting pride made me reflect on how the World Cup offers an utterly different worldview from that of xenophobic political leaders.
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As President Ortega repeats the mantra that his government is working to ensure peace in Nicaragua, policemen under his control continue to kill and abuse protesters, often in coordination with pro-government armed gangs.
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To win a sham election, it is not enough for the ruling CPP to ban the opposition, control all election institutions and maintain a chokehold on the media. Apparently the CPP thinks it also needs to deploy some of the country’s most feared generals to campaign and intimidate people into going to the polls.
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