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July 15, 2009

with a h/t to the awesome ladies at wrongingrights I just discovered the existence of…

The Reckoning
The Epic Story of the Battle for the International Criminal Court
I shit you not this is this is the publicity blurb of the above documentary:

“Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issues arrest warrants for the rebel leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, puts 4 Congolese warlords on trial in The Hague, charges the President of Sudan with genocide and war crimes in Darfur, challenges the UN Security Council to have him arrested, and shakes up the Colombian criminal justice system. Will this tiny upstart court in The Hague tame the Wild West of international conflict zones and end the culture of impunity?”

Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Clint Eastwood of international relations…

…thats Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry by the way, and before you ask, his status as the champion of victims of Mass Rape! (if you havent seen it its kind of like “Airplane!”) is in no way compromised by this He is just a Tough Guy who doesnt play by Your Rules in his fight for What Is Right (sometimes it is very important to capitalise).
It continues.
“Late in the 20th century, in response to repeated mass atrocities around the world, more than 120 countries united to form the International Criminal Court (ICC)—the first permanent court created to prosecute perpetrators (no matter how powerful) of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. The Reckoning follows dynamic ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo and his team for 3 years across 4 continents as he issues arrest warrants for Lord’s Resistance Army leaders in Uganda, puts Congolese warlords on trial, shakes up the Colombian justice system, and charges Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir with genocide in Darfur, challenging the UN Security Council to arrest him.  Building cases against genocidal criminals presents huge challenges, and the Prosecutor has a mandate but no police force. At every turn, he must pressure the international community to muster political will for the cause. Like a deft thriller, The Reckoning keeps you on the edge of your seat, in this case with two riveting dramas—the prosecution of unspeakable crimes and the ICC’s fight for efficacy in its nascent years. As this tiny court in The Hague struggles to change the world and forge a new paradigm for justice, innocent victims suffer and wait. Will the Prosecutor succeed? Will the world ensure that justice prevails? ”

btw i think you see Angelina’s boobie.
out in a direputable independant cinema near you.

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