The Prevention of Mass Atrocities

“Crimes like sexual violence the use of child soldiers and torture have been committed in every region around the world throughout history and they still continue to be committed today.

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We have a new international criminal court that’s operating in The Hague and that is exactly its function to hold individuals accountable for genocide crimes against humanity and torture and it has served also as a catalyst for the development of national legislation to try to prevent these acts.

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And the analogy that’s important to keep in mind is that it’s very similar to what we have at the domestic level. So we have domestic laws in place to prevent things like murder and other crimes. Of course we don’t prevent all crimes at the national level but we can only imagine the chaos that we would have if we had no possibility of enforcing and everybody knew that. And that’s the kind of chaos that we have had at the international level as a result of not having these enforcement mechanisms. So there is still significant work that we need to do to enforce the international justice system.”

— Jayne Stoyles

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