Speaking out on Trump, populism, and complacency toward war crimes

❝ Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein…recently stepped down from four years as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights…A Jordanian prince whose father is Arab and mother European, a Muslim who has visited Auschwitz and bicycled around Israel, he is a fervent believer in “the human rights of each individual, everywhere.” A soft-spoken man who talks with hard-edged eloquence, he took on an impossible job, challenging violators on all sides, whether American, Russian, Chinese, African, Arab, Israeli, or other. And doing it publicly.

❝ He is reflecting on those difficult years as a Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, where he shared some of his thoughts.

We invite you to read his thoughts on the responsibilities of that post. On what has been accomplished…what still needs to be done.

3 thoughts on “Speaking out on Trump, populism, and complacency toward war crimes

  1. Below the fold says:

    (New York Times May 18, 2019): President Trump has indicated that he is considering pardons for several American military members accused or convicted of war crimes, including high-profile cases of murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse, according to two United States officials. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/18/us/trump-pardons-war-crimes.html
    The officials said that the Trump administration had made expedited requests this week for paperwork needed to pardon the troops on or around Memorial Day.
    (CNN May 21, 2019): Trump’s pardons appear prompted by TV, friends and politics
    (TRT May 21. 2019): Last month, after aggressive posturing and threats by the Trump administration and US State Department under Mike Pompeo, the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled to reject an investigation into US war crimes in Afghanistan.
    The US first revoked the visa of Fatou Bensouda, the ICC’s chief prosecutor, who had initiated the investigation request, then threatened to revoke visas to ICC staff and judges who participated in any investigation against the US.
    The decision to abandon a war crimes investigation came as a slap in the face to Afghans, who filed an astounding 1.17 million statements on abuses ranging from sexual abuse and torture to outright murders against the US and CIA, as well as other factions involved in the Afghan conflict. https://www.trtworld.com/opinion/what-trump-s-pardon-of-war-criminals-says-about-us-policy-in-afghanistan-26825 [TRT World is a Turkish international news channel broadcast 24-hours per day in English].

  2. Farragut says:

    The Navy SEAL at the center of a high-profile war crimes case was ordered to appear before Navy leaders Wednesday morning, and expected to be notified that the Navy intends to oust him from the elite commando force, two Navy officials said on Tuesday.
    The move could put the SEAL commander, Rear Adm. Collin Green, in direct conflict with President Trump, who last week cleared the sailor, Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, of any judicial punishment in the war crimes case. Military leaders opposed that action as well as Mr. Trump’s pardons of two soldiers involved in other murder cases. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/19/us/navy-seals-edward-gallagher-trident.html
    The move sets up a potential confrontation between Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly championed Chief Gallagher, and Admiral Green, who has said he intends to overhaul discipline and ethics in the SEAL teams and sees Chief Gallagher’s behavior as an obstacle.
    One Navy official who spoke about the specifics of the action said the admiral was making the move knowing that it could end his career, but that he had the backing of Adm. Michael M. Gilday, the chief of naval operations, and Richard V. Spencer, the secretary of the Navy.

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