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Josep Borrell stands in front of a microphone in front of a blue backdrop that reads "Supporting the future of Syria and the region"
Josep Borrell stands in front of a microphone in front of a blue backdrop that reads "Supporting the future of Syria and the region"

Is the EU Starting to Wobble on Freezing Out Assad?

Cracks have begun to emerge between EU member states on Syria policy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at the start of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, on May 15, 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at the start of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, on May 15, 2017.

How Putin and Xi Are Trying to Break Global Human Rights

In their own way, Russia and China are threatening the world’s system for defending human rights.

Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service rest.
Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service rest.

Forest of the Dead

Another mass grave in Ukraine reveals the horrors of Russia’s occupation.

A police officer oversees the exhumation of three bodies.
A police officer oversees the exhumation of three bodies.

How to Prosecute Russia’s War Crimes

A new initiative centers justice in Ukraine itself.

A woman watches a video that shows the execution of Bosnia Muslims from Srebrenica by Serbian paramilitaries in 1995.
A woman watches a video that shows the execution of Bosnia Muslims from Srebrenica by Serbian paramilitaries in 1995.

Scenes From Hell

A disturbing video out of Ukraine evokes similar scenes from Srebrenica.

A visitor at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin on Sept. 25, 2019.
A visitor at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin on Sept. 25, 2019.

Germany Has Confronted Its Past. Now It Must Confront the Present.

Accepting—or rejecting—historical guilt for past evils doesn’t absolve nations of present-day responsibility.

Smoke rises from the grounds of the Azovstal steel plant amid the ongoing Russian military action in Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 29.
Smoke rises from the grounds of the Azovstal steel plant amid the ongoing Russian military action in Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 29.

Destroying the Environment Is a War Crime, Too

Beneath the human catastrophe Russia has inflicted on Ukraine is an array of environmental disasters that will impact generations to come.

Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, visits a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, on April 13.
Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, visits a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, on April 13.

Can Plea Bargains Save the ICC?

Negotiated settlements would allow the court to go after more bad actors and could even mitigate further atrocities.

Shishimarin with a shaved head and wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt looks down as his image is reflected in the plexiglass holding cell.
Shishimarin with a shaved head and wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt looks down as his image is reflected in the plexiglass holding cell.

The Reckoning for War Crimes in Ukraine Has Begun

What do the first convictions of Russian servicemen hold for the future?

An aerial view of crosses, floral tributes, and photographs of the victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha that mark the graves in a cemetery in Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
An aerial view of crosses, floral tributes, and photographs of the victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha that mark the graves in a cemetery in Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
Hermann Göring, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's second in command, at the Nuremberg trials
Hermann Göring, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's second in command, at the Nuremberg trials

Don’t Cling to Hopes That Putin Will Ever Face Justice

The system for prosecuting war crimes is broken—but focusing on sanctions could work.

A mourner attends the funeral of a family of three in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv on April 22.
A mourner attends the funeral of a family of three in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv on April 22.
Ukrainian relatives mourn at a funeral of a family member killed in Bucha, Ukraine.
Ukrainian relatives mourn at a funeral of a family member killed in Bucha, Ukraine.

Bucha Must Be Remembered

As Ukraine seeks accountability for the perpetrators of civilian killings, it must also process its collective trauma.

A woman walks past a Russian tank on a muddy street with houses and people in the background.
A woman walks past a Russian tank on a muddy street with houses and people in the background.

Putin’s Gruesome Playbook

Russia’s indiscriminate bombing in Ukraine looks startlingly familiar.

People take part in a silent protest against the mass killing of Ukrainian civilians.
People take part in a silent protest against the mass killing of Ukrainian civilians.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova shows pictures during an interview with AFP in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 22.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova shows pictures during an interview with AFP in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 22.

To Prosecute Putin for War Crimes, Safeguard the Digital Proof

Holding Russia accountable for atrocities in Ukraine requires the painstaking collection and preservation of evidence in the face of rampant disinformation.

A mass grave is exhumed by local authorities as they attempt to identify the bodies of civilians killed during the Russian occupation in Bucha, Ukraine.
A mass grave is exhumed by local authorities as they attempt to identify the bodies of civilians killed during the Russian occupation in Bucha, Ukraine.

Russia’s Ukraine Propaganda Has Turned Fully Genocidal

Egged on by the language of annihilation and extermination, Russian soldiers have become willing executioners.

Gennady Kuzmin addresses the U.N. General Assembly.
Gennady Kuzmin addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

U.N. Kicks Russia Off Human Rights Council

In one way at least, so far, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has joined Muammar al-Qaddafi’s Libya.

Three people huddle together in mourning in front of a large pile of dirt as snow falls.
Three people huddle together in mourning in front of a large pile of dirt as snow falls.

War Crimes Trials Aren’t Enough

To protect civilians from war crimes, stop them from happening now.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha.

Reports of Russian Atrocities in Ukraine Are Just the Beginning

Hellish scenes from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha spark fears of what awaits in Mariupol.

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