Tag: War Crimes
US accused of war crime for hospital bombing
A US airstrike against a hospital in Afghanistan has killed 22 people, including children and medical staff. A regrettable mistake? Or an intentional war crime against innocent people?
‘Accountant of Auschwitz’ to face justice
Oskar Gröning, a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard, is standing trial for war crimes. Were people like Gröning responsible for the Holocaust, or should the blame fall on those in authority?
Britain says ‘sorry’ for imperial atrocity
Half a century ago, the governors of British-ruled Kenya suppressed a rebellion in appallingly brutal fashion. Yesterday the government finally apologised. Was it right to do so?
Global war: the rules of engagement
Wartime atrocities are as old as war itself. But today, international law sets strict limits on how states must fight – and why. Can the horrors of the battlefield really be refereed?
International limelight for war crimes defendant
As he begins a two-year defence against war crimes charges in The Hague’s international court, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić has a platform for his flamboyant defiance.
British bombers finally given London memorial
In World War II, Allied bombs wreaked death and destruction on innocent civilians. Yet the pilots who dropped them were deeply brave. Now they have finally been honoured with a memorial.
Dozens of children butchered in Syria massacre
UN observers have confirmed horrifying reports from the town of Houla, which came under attack from Syrian government forces on Friday. This is the conflict’s worst confirmed atrocity so far.
Trial begins for Europe’s worst war criminal
Serbian general Ratko Mladic, whose trial began yesterday, was responsible for the worst European atrocity since the Second World War. Is this the most evil man in the world?
‘Butcher of Liberia’ found guilty of war crimes
At a special court at The Hague, former warlord Charles Taylor was convicted of atrocities committed during one of Africa’s most savage civil wars. A dark chapter in history is ending at last.
Afghan mission in crisis after soldier rampage
A US staff sergeant is in custody today after allegedly murdering as many as sixteen Afghan civilians on a shooting spree early yesterday morning. Nine children are among the dead.
Revenge attack kills four soldiers after video shock
A video of American marines urinating on Taliban corpses went viral this month. Now, four soldiers could have been murdered in revenge. Should we censor to save lives?
5,000 dead after Syria’s nine-month uprising
As violence in Syria continues to increase, the UN warns that Assad’s government has gone too far. Over 5,000 civilians are now dead. How are Syrians standing up against repression?