Human rights and the International Criminal Court

[JURIST] The Federalist Society has posted a new study on The Human Rights Record of the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court [PDF text]. From the Introduction: "Of the 87 states parties to the Rome Statute, a clear majority (45) have been implicated in the very worst human rights abuses involving the legal system, including extra-judicial killings, torture, and/or police misconduct resulting in death or severe bodily injury. A full third (29) have been implicated in extra-judicial killings and/or torture.... The legal culture of prosecutors and judges from states where human rights remains a slogan, and the judicial system is a tool of repression rather than a bulwark of democracy, suggests that the ICC may not actually prove to be the 'most important new institution for enforcing human rights in fifty years.'"

 

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