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  • It was clear that Slobodan Milosevic was not conducting a legal defense to the charges he was facing. Rather he embarked on a political offensive to secure his place in the hearts and minds of his followers back in Serbia. That approach extended the length of this trial far beyond what it should have.
    (Richard Dicker)

  • This is a crucial moment for Washington to help West Africa break a devastating cycle of impunity.
    (Richard Dicker)

  • We call on all governmental and inter-governmental actors in West Africa to ensure Taylor promptly appears for trial.
    (Richard Dicker)

  • This is a historic step which opens doors to justice for people of Northern Uganda who have suffered horribly for nearly 20 years under the hands of the LRA,
    (Richard Dicker)

  • The ICC must also look into abuses committed by the Ugandan army, ... If the court finds that these crimes don't fall within its limited mandate, it should make its findings available to the Ugandan authorities so that they can bring the perpetrators to justice. In doing so, the court must also be mindful of the security and confidentiality of its sources.
    (Richard Dicker)


  • This reluctance to press Nigeria to hand over Taylor fosters a double standard that betrays the people of Sierra Leone,
    (Richard Dicker)

  • This musical chairs that they keep playing with the judges raises profound questions about the credibility of the court.
    (Richard Dicker)

  • I think we need to dial down our expectations of the history-telling functions of these trials.
    (Richard Dicker)

  • The problem will occur if judges are not able to insulate the tribunal against that influence. If they are unable to do that, then there are going to be serious questions about the tribunal's fairness and credibility.
    (Richard Dicker)

  • All kinds of political actors will be trying to spin the procedures to their own political ends in one way or another, be that the U. S. ambassador, the prime minister, the defense lawyers, the judge or the prosecutor.
    (Richard Dicker)

  • For the U.S. government and the United Nations not to press Nigeria to hand Taylor over will send a clear message that the law only reaches so far.
    (Richard Dicker)

  • The message here for the political leadership of Africa is that the days of absolute impunity for mass crimes is coming to an end, and that is a major milestone.
    (Richard Dicker)

  • Milosevic's death is a setback for justice but most important it is a setback for the victims of the horrific crimes in the Balkans for whom this trial offered a chance of truth and redress.
    (Richard Dicker)

  • I think there have been real difficulties and problems in the Milosevic trial. What will be important is the evidence that was presented to indicate the motivation and intent of Milosevic.
    (Richard Dicker)

  • There is an urgent need for a state to step forward. A prolonged delay would raise real questions about the commitment of the international community to international justice.
    (Richard Dicker)


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