Judging the International Criminal Court

Sat, 05/30/2009 - 3:00pm
Credit: America Abroad
Throughout the 20th century there has been an overarching goal to create an international criminal court. America Abroad: Judging the International Criminal Court, airing Saturday, May 30 at 3 p.m. on AM1370/HD91.5-2, explores the attempts throughout the last century to create an international criminal court that culminated with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 1998.

One hundred and twenty countries made the historic decision to establish the ICC in the hopes of ending the impunity enjoyed by the globe’s worst perpetrators of crimes against the international community. Since then, the reality of internation justice has been slow to materialize due to various international controversies. The defense for the court rests on the notion that justice cannot wait for peace, and that no one should get away with crimes against humanity. In this program, we hear the arguments for and against creating the court and the trials of handing down international justice.

Co-hosts Ray Suarez and Deborah Amos investigate the evolution of the ICC by begining at ICC headquarters in The Hague. They then move on to Uganda and the ICC’s ongoing prosecution of rebel leader Joseph Kony. Amos also travels to the former Yugoslavia to gauge the effectiveness of the international tribunal prosecuting war crimes in the Balkans. Suarez and Amos end by talking with international legal experts about America’s controversial position on the ICC.

Guests include Sam Lokung, counselor at World Vision in Gulu, Uganda; Archbishop John Baptist Odama; former camp commander for Pa Bo John Wilson Ojok; Jimmy Otim, field outreac assistant with the ICC; Gary Bass, Professor of International Affairs at Princeton University; and Natasha Kandic, director of Humanitarian Law Center In Belgrade.