Afghanistan


International Criminal Court’s Investigation Into War Crimes And Crimes Against Humanity In Afghanistan

In late 2017, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) requested permission to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan between 2003 and 2013. In what many have described as a brave move towards global justice, Fatou Bensouda hopes to hold to account the actions […]


Does The General Assembly Rejection Of Trump’s Jerusalem Move Signal The End Of US Dominance?

On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution that was co-sponsored by Turkey and Yemen, condemning US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In the emergency session, 128 countries voted in favour of the non-binding resolution, 9 voted against the resolution and 35 abstained from the vote. […]


ICC Seeks To Investigate U.S. War Crimes In Afghanistan

In early November, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that she was seeking authorization from the judges of the Court to open an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. Under the 1998 Rome Statute, the ICC has jurisdiction over the most serious crimes of genocide, crimes against […]


Manus Island: Broken Solution To Age-Old Problem

The Australian-run detention center on Manus Island was shut down on October 31, after it was declared illegal by Papua New Guniea court. Its short lifespan is a testament to the complexities of implementing a working policy that effectively deals with refugee and asylum seekers. “Any asylum seeker who arrives in […]


U.S. Denies Air Strike Caused Civilian Deaths In Afghanistan

On November 4th the U.S. launched an air strike targeting Kunduz, Afghanistan. The United Nations reported that there were at least 10 civilian deaths, contradicting a statement by the U.S. that declared there were none. An investigation in Afghanistan by the United Nations Assistance Mission conducted interviews with survivors of […]


ICC Prosecutor Seeks Investigation Into Possible War Crimes In Afghanistan

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has announced her intention to seek an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan since May 2003, when Afghanistan became a member of the court. If the investigation goes ahead, it would be one of the first […]


Afghani President Claims US Allowed ISIL To Flourish In Afghanistan: ICC Allows Investigation

This morning, former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai stated that intervention by the U.S. had, in effect, created an environment that allowed the Mujahideen, then the Taliban and latterly ISIL to develop and take hold in his home country. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Mr. Karzai said that “it […]


Spate Of Violence In Afghanistan Takes Death Toll To More Than 200

Deadly and chaotic scenes shook Afghanistan just recently, with several instances of politically-motivated violence resulting in the loss of more than 200 lives. On Tuesday, October 17, Taliban militants carried out multiple attacks on government forces across the country, with over 70 people killed and approximately 150 injured. The Taliban […]