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International Law & Statecraft
Karadzic Behind Bars, Assad Still Killing
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  • qet

    “even as Karadzic is marched to what we hope will not be a particularly commodious cell”

    Your hopes appear to be unfounded under “international law”:

    “10. All accommodation provided for the use of prisoners and in particular all sleeping accommodation shall meet all requirements of health, due regard being paid to climatic conditions and particularly to cubic content of air, minimum floor space, lighting, heating and ventilation.

    11. In all places where prisoners are required to live or work,

    (a) The windows shall be large enough to enable the prisoners to read or work by natural light, and shall be so constructed that they can allow the entrance of fresh air whether or not there is artificial ventilation;

    (b) Artificial light shall be provided sufficient for the prisoners to read or work without injury to eyesight.

    12. The sanitary installations shall be adequate to enable every prisoner to comply with the needs of nature when necessary and in a clean and decent manner.

    13. Adequate bathing and shower installations shall be provided so that every prisoner may be enabled and required to have a bath or shower, at a temperature suitable to the climate, as frequently as necessary for general hygiene according to season and geographical region, but at least once a week in a temperate climate.

    14. All parts of an institution regularly used by prisoners shall be properly maintained and kept scrupulously clean at all times.”

    Here are some other things Karadzic is entitled to as a prisoner under “international law”:

    “5. Except for those limitations that are demonstrably necessitated by the fact of incarceration, all prisoners shall retain the human rights and fundamental freedoms set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and, where the State concerned is a party, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Optional Protocol thereto, as well as such other rights as are set out in other United Nations covenants.”

    “6. All prisoners shall have the right to take part in cultural activities and education aimed at the full development of the human personality.”

    “8. Conditions shall be created enabling prisoners to undertake meaningful remunerated employment which will facilitate their reintegration into the country’s labour market and permit them to contribute to their own financial support and to that of their families.”

    Not bad for a genocidal monster.

  • Fat_Man

    “International law on the whole is a good thing”

    Not just nonsense, but nonsense on stilts. International law is an oxymoron, and anyone who pays it the slightest bit of attention is distracting us from real world problems, and wasting resources.

    Further most of “International Law” is simply lawfare directed against the United States by the usual useful idiots.

    As for the trial of Karadzic, I will wager that his total sentence is far less than his time served.

  • CapitalHawk

    Here’s the thing – Assad is committing his crimes, at least in part, *because of* the international criminal court. In day’s past a dictator could cut a deal, leave his country and live out his remaining years in the sun in some country and also occasionally travel to nice places. All without risk that he would be arrested and prosecuted for his prior crimes. That doesn’t happen anymore. The Europeans will track you down, have you arrested and extradited to Europe, prosecuted and imprisoned for the rest of your life. So, these days your options are (a) give up and go to prison in Europe or (b) fight to the death to stay in power. There is no middle ground.

  • delta 5297

    Really? You’re going to lump in the Palestinians with the rest of those examples? Palestinian militancy is hardly genocidal in its intent, and even if it were, it certainly has no capability of carrying it out. Furthermore Israel is far from blameless, as instead of laying the groundwork for peace it chooses to sow the seeds of future conflict by expanding settlements at the Palestinians’ expense. This sounds more like a conservative hit-piece than a serious commentary on world affairs.

    Regarding Assad, yes he is continuing to commit crimes against humanity…but he’s also being shielded by a certain nuclear-armed state with a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. Is the author here proposing that we go to war against that state?

    • Tom

      Yes, actually, he is, and he’s right.

  • זאב ברנזון

    my problem with the bosnia issue is the black and white depiction of the war in bosnia.
    did the Serbs comite war crimes including masacare and ethnic cleansing yes.
    but the bosniac Muslim are far from blameless they comited the same crimes as the serbs but got political cover and jihadist help from saudi arabia and iran .
    russian weaknes and american ignorance
    (the bosniac have a long history as imperial tools first for the ottomans that created them and then for the nazis that exploited them)
    tony blair and bill clinton craeted and still pay for a dysfunctional semi jihadist money pit in the middle off europe a great lesson for foreign “idiot’s with good intentions”

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