I attended the opening of the exhibition on Women & War at the Ayala Museum in the Philippines. Hearing a Lola - or grandmother who survived the ordeal of being a “Comfort Woman” - made me think of this issue more, and also look into the often forgotten '“Birangona” of Bangladesh. What hope for justice and redress?
Facebook’s report on its activities in Myanmar is anodyne and does not address important questions raised by the UN FFM. I raise a few points after reading the report, which are worth exploring further.
I examine the circumstances around the creation of an independent mechanism to consolidate evidence in Myanmar. The Human Rights Council has stepped up to its role and mandate - and with the confluence of other legal developments including at the ICC, there are reasons to feel hopeful about accountability.
This blog post relates to the blistering attack on the International Criminal Court (ICC) by John Bolton, including threats to sanction and prosecute its personnel. The court definitely is a work in progress, and is far from perfect, but is a vital institution in the fight against impunity. John Bolton's arguments must be addressed - and then rejected, using the opportunity to reflect on the court while doing so.