Communicating the role of international justice is complex and often not understood, even by political leadership that would benefit from it. Luis Moreno Ocampo, former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, has prosecuted some of the world’s most notorious warlords and presidents. Uncommon Union worked with The Economist to reveal how he did it in the development of the following video.
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Clear legal frameworks protecting basic human rights are broadly recognized by most countries. The challenge is encouraging the international community to meet their own legal obligations while setting high standards for justice.
Prosecuting leaders who committed mass atrocities to stay in power, declaring criminality instead of war, allows victims to speak, enforces accountability, reduces civilian casualties, and works to end cycles of violence. Communicating roles and responsibilities is an important part of meeting such goals.