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Human Rights Throughout The World

Human Rights Throughout The World
The International Criminal Tribunal (founded after the genocide in Rwanda) is a signal that the world will no longer tolerate crimes such as genocide and nobody is immune from the law.


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Posted by nova on July 19, 2007
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Posted by John Q. Public on July 19, 2007 at 11:11 am
Do not misunderstand me... I am all for world peace and stopping genocide. However, there are problems with concepts such as International Criminal Tribunal. These are points to consider, and I am not convinced that they have been properly or thoroughly considered:

First: from whence to they derive their authority? The U.N.? But the U.N. is very strongly politically biased, and has other structural flaws. Do we (the U.S.) have international treaties authorizing the ICT to enforce their rules on, let's just say for example, ourselves? I highly doubt it. And that is not right, is it?

Second: Does whatever legitimate authority they possess (if any), trump the U.S. Constitution? Could the ICT try me for crimes in ways that are unconstitutional in my own country? If not, what about little countries with strange laws (like Sharia)? But if so, should it really be able to try U.S. citizens (and others) un-Constitutionally? Where does the double standard end?

Third (related to Second): If they are, or were, given authority that supersedes the Constitution, then what power keeps their own actions in check? What is to prevent them from punishing, say, political leaders for stuffing ballot boxes? One can say, "Yes, we really want those little democracies to be honest, so we should punish abusers. That is an International Crime." But if they went that far... they would have to put President Bush and friends in jail. (Probably some Democrats, too. I am not trying to single anyone out here, just making a point.)

So... once again, where does the double standard end? And what if the tribunal went even further with things that would henceforth be "prohibited"?

Who watches the watchers?

I could go on almost endlessly. Given the current world political climate, international bodies such as this -- when they are created as more than just temporary expedients in the face of atrocities -- are probably a Very Bad Idea. In the long run, they lead not to justice, but to moral and ethical morass. They make things more complicated and politicized, not simpler and more just.

The intent might be the best in the world, but history judges on results, not intent... and so far history does not have a lot of good to say about such organizations.

Be afraid. And stop giving your rights away to strangers. You might think it is doing good, but in the long run, it doesn't make the world a better place.
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