Main image: Buchenwald concentration camp (AP). Inset: Ilse Koch mugshot.
Ilse Koch’s husband was commandant of Buchenwald, one of Germany’s first and largest concentration camps. As the only woman among 31 people indicted for crimes committed there, she became infamous.
It took Soviet Russia five decades to come clean about Katyn.
Soviet Russia had a policy of denying its responsibility for war crimes. It looks as if Putin’s Russia may be following suit.
The value of the rule of law is to challenge and constrain power. In this sense, the legacy of Habré’s trial and conviction is mixed.
Mass protests against the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi continue on the streets of Myanmar’s major cities.
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‘Show trials’ by dictatorships have repeatedly been shown to have no basis in law.
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 61.
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The US faces many of the same problems Germans faced after World War II: how to reject, punish and delegitimize the enemies of democracy. There are lessons in how Germany handled that challenge.
Fatou Bensouda, ICC Prosecutor, and Robert H. Jackson, two key figures in international criminal justice, from Nuremberg to The Hague.
When faced with US rejection of international criminal justice, today’s supporters of the ICC often invoke the country’s Nuremberrg leadership. However, this notion is based on a distorted image of the 1945-46 trials.
Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Côte d’Ivoire, at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
The recent acquittals should be seen as a vindication of the ICC as an independent and impartial judicial institution.
International outrage led to Aung San Suu Kyi falling from grace after Myanmar unleashed violence against the Rohingya.
Human Rights Day might not be a reason for celebrations. But it’s a useful reminder of what’s been achieved over 70 years.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the UN Security Council.
Despite its reputation, Russia has contributed much more to international law than it’s sometimes given credit for.
Leaders use translators during the inauguration of President Mr João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola.
Raising the status of the African languages to that of official languages in South Africa post-1994 led to an explosion of translation and interpreting work in local and foreign languages.
Getting it wrong: the ICC’s headquarters in The Hague.
Why would the US and UK want to suppress the work of a post-war human rights effort?
Graves at the memorial center Potocari, near Srebrenica.
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How long does it take to make peace? Decades after the end of the Bosnian war, just one in six residents felt that country had reached reconciliation.
Defendants in the dock at the Nuremberg trials.
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The trials weren’t perfect, but the Allies had wanted to shoot the defendants, so at least the world learned something about justice.
Chief American prosecutor Robert H. Jackson addresses the Nuremberg court.
Set up between the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, the Nuremburg Trials founded an entire legal system the world now takes for granted.
The Nazis subjected Jews, political prisoners and other ‘undesirables’ to a range of experiments that resulted in death and disability.
The horror of the human experiments by Nazi doctors led to the Nuremberg Code but the international declaration it inspired was watered down for political purposes.