Support Grows for Gender Justice at UN Session on Draft Crimes Against Humanity Treaty
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by Kelly Adams
4h ago
(Editor’s note: This is the second of three articles analyzing a recent resumed session of the U.N. General Assembly’s Legal Committee to discuss Draft Articles on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity. See the overview here, and stay tuned for an analysis of discussions related to adding gender apartheid as a crime in the proposed treaty.) More than 60 U.N. member and observer States indicated support for some degree of gender-related improvements to the Draft Articles on Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity (Draft Articles), during a U.N. session last month ..read more
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Anatomy of MAGA Conspiracy of Assassination Attempt Against Trump: What It Tells Us
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by Asha Rangappa
4h ago
After walking out of a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday, former President Donald Trump  amplified MAGA’s latest anti-government conspiracy theory – that the Biden administration planned to assassinate him. Trump claimed on Truth Social that “Crooked Joe Biden’s DOJ, in their Illegal and Unconstitutional Raid of Mar-a-Lago, AUTHORIZED THE FBI TO USE DEADLY (LETHAL FORCE).” The Trump campaign followed up in a fundraising email with the all-caps headline: “BIDEN’S DOJ WAS AUTHORIZED TO SHOOT ME!”  Trump’s loyalist network amplified the conspiracy theory on social media and across rightwing m ..read more
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Early Edition: May 23, 2024
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by Beatrice Yahia
4h ago
Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here. A curated weekday guide to major news and developments over the past 24 hours. Here’s today’s news: IRAN HELICOPTER CRASH Iran’s supreme leader led tens of thousands in mourning at a grand funeral in Tehran yesterday for the country’s late president, foreign minister, and others killed in a helicopter crash. Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, top leaders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Hezbollah and Houthi representatives attended the ceremony. Yuliya Talmazan reports for NBC News; Jon Gambrell reports for AP News. ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR Is ..read more
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Sec. Blinken’s View on Sanctions Against the ICC: A More Complete Picture
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by Tess Bridgeman
18h ago
(Editor’s Note: This article is part of our new symposium on the ICC and the Israel-Hamas war.) Press coverage of an exchange between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday has created what appears to be an incomplete understanding of the Biden administration’s approach to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s decision to seek arrest warrants for senior Israeli officials and Hamas leaders. (See analysis of the Prosecutor’s action in our ongoing symposium here). Indeed, only a few years ago, the Biden administration saw the wi ..read more
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What the ICC Prosecutor Charged – and Didn’t Charge – in Gaza Warrants
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by David Luban
1d ago
(Editor’s Note: This article is part of our new symposium on the ICC and the Israel-Hamas war.) On Monday, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim Khan submitted requests for arrest warrants against high Hamas and Israeli officials to the Court’s Pre-Trial Chamber (PTC) for approval – a move expected for the past few weeks. The PTC must now decide, based on the evidence Khan submitted, whether there are “reasonable grounds to believe that the person has committed a crime within the jurisdiction of the Court” (Rome Statute, art. 58(1)(a)). If so, the Court will issue warrants agains ..read more
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Tech Platforms Must Do More to Avoid Contributing to Potential Political Violence
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by Yaël Eisenstat
1d ago
This essay is co-published with Tech Policy Press. At the end of March, we convened a working group of experts on social media, election integrity, extremism, and political violence to discuss the relationship between online platforms and election-related political violence. The goal was to provide realistic and effective recommendations to platforms on steps they can take to ensure their products do not contribute to the potential for political violence, particularly in the lead-up to and aftermath of the U.S. general election in November, but with implications for states around the world.&nb ..read more
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A Draft Treaty on Crimes Against Humanity Draws More Engagement from States
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by Leila Nadya Sadat
1d ago
(Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles analyzing a recent “resumed session” of the U.N. General Assembly’s Legal Committee to discuss Draft Articles on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity. Stay tuned for coming examinations of the discussions on gender justice and gender apartheid.) The world’s first treaty on crimes against humanity inched closer to reality as the U.N. General Assembly’s Sixth (Legal) Committee recently wrapped up the last of a series of “resumed sessions” before States decide this October whether to proceed to formal negotiations on the docu ..read more
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The ICC Arrest Warrants: Even a Strong U.S. Reaction Should Not Include Sanctions
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by Todd Buchwald
1d ago
(Editor’s Note: Listen to the author and other top experts discuss the ICC Prosecutor’s request for arrest warrants related to the Israel-Hamas conflict on the Just Security Podcast here.) Shimon Peres famously said that if a problem has no solution, it  is not a problem, but a fact – not to be solved but to be coped with over time. So it is with the U.S. reaction that has already begun to unfold to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s announcement on Monday that he is seeking arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.&nbs ..read more
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Early Edition: May 22, 2024
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by Beatrice Yahia
1d ago
Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here. A curated weekday guide to major news and developments over the past 24 hours. Here’s today’s news: ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied allegations he is starving civilians in Gaza as a method of war, saying the arrest warrant application under review at the International Criminal Court is based on a “pack of lies.” ICC prosecutor Karim Khan announced on Monday that the allegations against Netanyahu and Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant include “causing extermination, causing starvation as a method o ..read more
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How Prosecutors Turned Michael Cohen’s Greatest Liabilities into Their Assets
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by Adam Klasfeld
2d ago
Klasfeld’s reporting is part of Just Security’s Trump Trials Clearinghouse. The first time that Manhattan prosecutors met Michael Cohen inside a federal prison to enlist his cooperation, the former fixer for then-President Donald Trump had a familiar question on his mind: What’s in it for me? The meeting took place at a federal prison in Otisville, N.Y., on August 27, 2019, some three months into Cohen’s three-year prison sentence for what a federal judge described as a “veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct.”  For months, Cohen had reassured the courts and the public that he commit ..read more
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