Today’s seminar presented three types of international crime:

-Genocide (mass murder, abortion, sterilization, displacements)

-War Crime (inhuman treatment, attacks on civilians, law of war violations)

-Crime against humanity (slavery, torture, forced pregnancy, rape)

Several countries, along with Europe as a whole, were mentioned.  For example, the genocide that took place in Rwanda between April and June of 1994 killed 800,000 to 1 million people.  The causes presented in today’s seminar were bad government, bad politics, and mass hysteria (created fear of an imaginary enemy).  The impact this had on Rwanda led to the creation of individual criminal responsibility internationally, the creation of international treaties on the suppression of crimes, and creation of remedial jurisprudence.

In the video below, several prominent people working in the field of international criminal justice discuss this young system.

I was disappointed that the presenter did not include Ecocide among the three international crimes.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Ecocide as “the destruction of large areas of the natural environment especially as a result of deliberate human action.”  War is the most obvious attack on the environment, but it is only one aspect of militarization.  Militarization seriously threatens the environment; it is a perpetual war waged against the ecosystem.  It is the worst kind of crime because not only does it kill other living things and the natural environment, it destroys the ecosystem, which human beings (and all living things) depend on for survival.

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