Samantha Power Discusses International Justice and Human Rights

August 4, 2006

Samantha Power, professor of practice in public policy, recently discussed changes affecting international law, national soverignty and human rights in an interview with UN Integrated Regional Information Networks. The interview is posted in its entirety on the website.
"I think as tempting as it is to give in to despair in the 21st century, in light of the teeming proliferation of threats and the continuation of mass atrocities, one only has to flash back 15 years to recall that a perpetrator of mass crimes against humanity, genocide, etc. was guaranteed to walk if his state was unwilling or unable to punish him. ...The fact that when you go to the tribunals in The Hague or Arusha, or now in Freetown, you see people who committed those crimes who had every expectation of being able to live out their lives spending the 'fruits' of their labours, you know a shift has occurred. Is it a sufficient shift? Hardly. Is it the beginning, potentially, of a movement towards accountability and enforcement? I think it is, unquestionably."
Read the interview on the website.
Samantha Power is professor of practice in public policy. Her book, "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide" was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction and the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for general non-fiction.

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