In tackling gross violations of human rights in the international system, most attention used to be paid to violations as facts and practices. But the persons behind them – perpetrators and victims – largely remained outside the spectrum of national and international concern.
This is changing in recent years. The establishment of ad hoc international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda and the current proposal to set up a permanent international criminal court are clear evidence of the determination of the international community to combat impunity and to insist on the criminal responsibility of perpetrators. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) welcomes and actively supports this development.
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