International Courts Must Reach Out

Open Society Fellow Eric Stover explains why international courts should do a better job of communicating with people whose lives have been affected by wartime atrocities. Stover was interviewed in Kampala, Uganda, during the Review Conference of the International Criminal Court. He is the faculty director of the Human Rights Law Center at the University of California, Berkeley. In the interview, Stover cites crimes committed in northern Uganda by Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army.

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Stover is absolutely right. There is confusion in many parts of the DRC (and many places) as to who - if anyone - is actually in charge of basic functions such as law enforcement. When an entity like the ICC enters the picture, it has to clearly explain its mandate and the relevancy of that mandate to the lives of the Congolese. It will help avoid confusion, build affinity for the cause, and demonstrate the institution's respect for the local people. A nice post!

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