The Witnesses: War Crimes and the Promise of Justice in The Hague

The Witnesses: War Crimes and the Promise of Justice in The Hague

by Eric Stover
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812238907

ISBN-13: 9780812238907

Pub. Date: 08/25/2005

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

In recent years, the world community has demonstrated a renewed commitment to the pursuit of international criminal justice. In 1993, the United Nations established two ad hoc international tribunals to try those responsible for genocide and crimes against humanity in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Ten years later, the International Criminal Court began its

Overview

In recent years, the world community has demonstrated a renewed commitment to the pursuit of international criminal justice. In 1993, the United Nations established two ad hoc international tribunals to try those responsible for genocide and crimes against humanity in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Ten years later, the International Criminal Court began its operations and is developing prosecutions in its first two cases (Congo and Uganda). Meanwhile, national and hybrid war crimes tribunals have been established in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, East Timor, Indonesia, Iraq, and Cambodia.

Thousands of people have given testimony before these courts. Most have witnessed war crimes, including mass killings, torture, rape, inhumane imprisonment, forced expulsion, and the destruction of homes and villages. For many, testifying in a war crimes trial requires great courage, especially as they are well aware that war criminals still walk the streets of their villages and towns. Yet despite these risks, little attention has been paid to the fate of witnesses of mass atrocity. The first study of victims and witnesses who have testified before an international war crimes tribunal, The Witnesses examines the opinions and attitudes of eighty-seven individuals-Bosnians, Muslims, Serbs, and Croats-who have appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

About the Author:
Eric Stover is Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812238907
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
08/25/2005
Series:
Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction: The Pursuit of Justice     1
Witnesses in the System     17
The Tribunal     33
Crimes and Consequences     51
Bearing Witness     71
Returning Home     92
Justice and Reconciliation     110
Conclusion     126
Survey Questionnaire     155
Victims' Rights and the International Criminal Court     159
Notes     187
Selected Bibliography     213
Index     219
Acknowledgments     229

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