Genocide & Crimes Against Humanity

A photo from the film Quo Vadis, Aida?

Oscar-Shortlisted Film Puts Bosnian Genocide on Silver Screen

“Quo Vadis, Aida?” could do for the Srebrenica massacre what “Schindler’s List” accomplished for the Holocaust.

Director Terry George talks to Rwandan President Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame Celebrated ‘Hotel Rwanda’—Until Its Hero Criticized Him

Rwanda’s president once welcomed the Hollywood film. His recent attacks on the movie and its protagonist show that his government cannot handle dissent.

The United Nations Human Rights Council during a debate about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Geneva on June 26, 2019.

Can Biden Fix the U.N. Human Rights Council?

The administration insists it can succeed where two U.S. presidents already tried and failed.

Pro-Uighur protesters demonstrate outside the White House in Washington, on Aug. 14, 2020.

State Department Lawyers Concluded Insufficient Evidence to Prove Genocide in China

Despite the Trump administration’s declaration of a genocide in Xinjiang, upheld by the Biden administration, some legal experts suspect China’s behavior may fall short of actual genocide.

Activist Irade Kashgary waves a flag of the Uighur region as she takes part in a protest outside of the Apple Store on K Street on July 30, 2020 in Washington.

Why Western Companies Should Leave China

Consumers will punish brands that rely on forced Uighur labor. While abandoning the Chinese market might hit profits, it will bolster reputations.

Muslim Uighurs hold placards as they demonstrate in front of the Chinese Consulate in Istanbul after China announced the ratification of an extradition treaty with Turkey on Dec. 30, 2020.

The United States Should Give Fleeing Uighurs a Home

It’s time for Washington to build on the momentum of the State Department’s genocide declaration and prioritize Uighurs for resettlement.

Paul Rusesabagina (C) is escorted by police officers at the Kicukiro Primary court in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sept.14, 2020.

When It Comes to Rwanda, Don’t Believe Everything You See in the Movies

Many Rwandans regard the protagonist of a Hollywood film as a terrorist, not a hero.

Paul Rusesabagina is escorted by police officers after his pretrial court session at the Kicukiro Primary Court in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sept. 14, 2020.

Rwanda’s Rendition of a Hollywood Hero Confirms the Country’s Descent Into Dictatorship

Paul Rusesabagina is the latest dissident to be caught in the Rwandan ruler’s authoritarian net. Western governments must stop portraying President Paul Kagame’s repressive regime as a development success story.

Candy Boyd, owner of the Boyd Funeral home, speaks during an interview next to an empty casket and cabinets built for expanded storage capacity of embalmed bodies awaiting burial due to the surge of Covid-19 deaths on Jan. 14, 2021 in Los Angeles.

The U.S. Coronavirus Response Might Be a Crime Against Humanity

The Trump administration callously dismissed the deaths of the most vulnerable, including minorities.

Supporters and members of the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement rally outside the White House to urge the United States to end trade deals with China and take action to stop the oppression of the Uyghur and other Turkic peoples on Aug, 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Pompeo Weighs Genocide Designation for China

The outgoing U.S. secretary of state orders a review to determine if China’s repression of Uighurs constitutes genocide.

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Biden Likely to Lift Sanctions on ICC Chief Prosecutor

But it’s unlikely the next U.S. administration will be able to fully embrace the International Criminal Court as the shadow of American prosecutions still lingers.

Joint plaintiffs are seen at the courtroom prior to the start of a trial against two Syrian defendants accused of state-sponsored torture in Syria, on April 23, 2020 in Koblenz, Germany.

Assad’s Horrible War Crimes Are Finally Coming to Light Under Oath

A German court is exposing Syria’s systemic atrocities—and ending any hopes of international reconciliation with the regime.

Graffiti relating to Xinjiang and Tibet is seen on the pavement during a rally in Hong Kong to show support for the Uighur minority in China on Dec. 22, 2019.

Tibet Was China’s First Laboratory of Repression

Xi Jinping is bringing methods honed in Xinjiang back to the Himalayas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Anatoly Bibilov, the leader of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, shake hands prior to their meeting in the Kremlin.

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Russia is consolidating its foothold in Georgia, Canada’s new brand of populism, and China’s repression of the Uighurs is a genocide.

Judges sit in the courtroom at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019.

The United States Has Nothing to Fear From the ICC

The Trump administration’s crusade against the International Criminal Court is misguided and will harm long-term U.S. interests.

Uighur children joke as they taunt a local police officer in Xinjiang

China’s Own Documents Show Potentially Genocidal Sterilization Plans in Xinjiang

Ethnic minorities are being targeted by family planning departments as reproduction restrictions loosen on Han Chinese.

Senior Trump administration officials brief the press on the International Criminal Court.

Trump Order Treats International Prosecutors Like War Criminals

A new executive order would impose sanctions and travel restrictions on staff of the International Criminal Court.