America, at a political level, lives in fear of human rights, of limiting it's own ability to act in violation of not only legal human rights requirements, but basic moral actions.
In my previous LJ (jl_legend
), I wrote about America's fight against the ICC, a ground breaking attempt at making no one exempt from the law, and giving anyone accused the right to an impartial judicial system whether they're Saddam Hussain, Adolf Hitler, George Bush, or Osama Bin Laden.
If a complaint is heard and upheld, (the complaint may be politically based, but the rules of the ICC mean that in itself it can not act for political reasons), then action will be taken to bring the defendant to the court, whether or not they're a head of state, head of a business, or any other organisation. They only prosecute in violation of human rights (at the most major levels, such as genocide), and it's mandate excludes any crime that took place before the ICC's formation, but all Human Right violations committed by anyone who is seemingly above the law based on their position within a country after it's formation is included.
Currently 100 countries have signed up, but America is forcing most of them to sign a document that excludes American citizens from being acted against, at the threat of financial or military support being withdrawn.
The following is an article from a new service in Kenya called Daily Nation (http://www.nationmedia.com
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There are more articles on the subject available at http://www.religionnewsblog.com/search.php?any=&all=international+criminal+court&none=&execute=GO&sort=date