The year 2012 is an auspicious time indeed. No, we are not talking about the prophetic end of the world according to the Mayans, but the many important landmarks in human rights and international relations that have taken place this year.
We witnessed recently how Palestine obtained its observer state status from the United Nations and ASEAN finally adopted its ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, albeit to widespread criticism. We also marked the 10th anniversary of
international justice this year.
Given the calamities in human history, including World War II, the Balkan conflict and atrocities in Africa, the notion of international justice calls for humanity to take action to address the most serious crimes of common concern, i.e. genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression. It demands that people say no to impunity and ensure justice is deliver...