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Vol 50 No 15

Published 24th July 2009


Liberia

International justice and its pitfalls

The current array of international tribunals has its roots in the 1990s. With the Cold War over, a spate of atrocious wars broke out in areas that no longer fell under the control or influence of one or another superpower. The 1994 genocide in Rwanda exposed a rich vein of Western hypocrisy. Western governments poured scorn on the failures of the United Nations in Rwanda, though the same governments lobbied hard to prevent the characterisation of the mass killings as genocide, which would have implied a legal obligation for UN member states to act.

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