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Thursday
Apr112019

Heading Back to the International Criminal Court

I have seen trauma, tragedy and the death of innocents around the world.  Iraq.  Afghanistan. Haiti. Mexico. Kosovo.  The list goes on and on and on.  

I have seen where governments have failed, exacerbated the atrocities, were responsible for the atrocities or simply looked the other way. I have seen people from other countries large and small stomp into various corners of the world and act with abandon, not concerned about their behavior or what others do in their name.

Justice? It is a word that means little in some parts of the world.  I'm not saying it should but I'm saying that its what I have seen.

I know that the U.S. signed onto the Rome Statutes but never became members of the International Criminal Court. There are a whole lot of reasons that this is the case. I also know that the ICC is not perfect.  They take too long when handlingh a case from beginning to end.  Due process and presumptions of innocence are critical issues to beupheld. Their investigations can be myopic and miss some of the bigger players. They don't go after all of the bad guys.  They only go after the acceptable ones, according to some.  The list goes on and on.

U.S. Ambassador Bolton has called the Court illigitimate.  And yet, is there really anybody else doing what the do?  

That all being said, I love what the ICC is trying to do. Trying to hold those accountable for what they have done in the world. Trying to stop those who walk with impunity.  And maybe, just maybe, convincing some that in the future they shouldn't go down this path themselves.  

These are some of the reasons that I support the ICC.  This is why I became of member of the ICC Bar Association.  This is the reason I'm going to go back to the ICC in the coming weeks. To learn. To be better. To contirbute if I can.

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