Tag Archives: International

How Long Until the Planet’s Destruction Is an International Crime?

The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change provides chilling reading. “The scientific evidence is unequivocal: climate change is a threat to human wellbeing and the health of the planet,” said Hans-Otto Pörtner, one of the report’s authors. “Any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window… Read More »

Justice Department, ICE and the FBI Recognize International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation | OPA

The Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC), including the Justice Department’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the FBI’s International Human Rights Unit (IHRU), will join U.S. and international law enforcement partners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others this Sunday, Feb. 6 in recognizing the International… Read More »

The Essential Advocate, Philippe Sands Makes the Case for a New International Crime Called Ecocide

BRUSSELS—Philippe Sands steps off his train at Brussels’ Midi station and sees a familiar face amidst a flurry of passengers.  The British lawyer is flush with energy, despite being at the tail end of a week-long visit with clients on the island nation of Mauritius. His casual black jacket, navy blue scarf and black boots… Read More »

A Plea to Make Widespread Environmental Damage an International Crime Takes Center Stage at The Hague

The campaign to make ecocide an international crime took center stage in the Hague on Tuesday as Bangladesh, Samoa and Vanuatu advocated criminalizing environmental destruction during a virtual forum at the annual meeting of the International Criminal Court’s 123 member nations.  The forum, attended by more than 1,300 individual participants, represented a collective cry for… Read More »

Privacy International, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Human Rights Watch’s Statement to Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime

Privacy International, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Human Rights Watch welcome the opportunity to participate in the second session of the Ad Hoc Committee. Preliminary remarks on criminalization We have observed that, even as cybercrimes often threaten peoples’ rights, efforts to address and combat cybercrime have also given rise to risks to human rights abuses due… Read More »