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on 23 November 2010
This is the outstanding introduction to the world of human rights and war crimes. I need not add much here. Robertson is is obviously an International War Crimes Court insider and pro the application of international law. But he is no starry eyed idealist. His section on the UN's dreadful record on human rights is totally blunt. His description of Belgian, Ghanaian and Dutch UN troop involvement in actually facilitating the genocide of those they were protecting in Ruanda and Bosnia is heartbreaking. He accepts criticism that war crime prosecution may seem to be restricted to losers of wars, Yugoslavians and Africans. But what makes the book so uplifting is the movement to the world gradually accepting the actual ideas of human rights and war crimes.
Can I have a quibble? Robertson is damning of those of us who wrote to the war crimes court complaining about Britain's involvement in the 'War Against Terror'.Like most of those who protested, I did not try and say the war was illegal. The possible grounds for complaint to the court are there for all to read, and I protested on the grounds of treatment of prisoners, then being ferried through Scottish airports in unmarked CIA jets and, with our government's knowledge, being tortured. The reply from the court was very interesting. Did I really expect the court to arrest the leaders of the UK, one of the most powerful countries in the world? My answer was 'Yes' and that the court should give equal treatment to all. After all the European Court of Human Rights does not mollycoddle any of its members. Otherwise we would still have the tawse (cat of nine tails) in Scottish schools...