Fast Company Names Yazda Top 10 Social Good Company

“In addition to its significant humanitarian work through its victim assistance center in Kurdistan, Iraq, Yazda has worked to raise the international profile of the Yazidi plight and advocated for formal recognition of a genocide by the International Criminal Court. In collaboration with Yazidi survivor and international spokeswoman Nadia Murad, former ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, and communications firm Uncommon Union, Yazda launched the “It’s On U” campaign to pressure governments to support the case and recruited human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to take it on.”

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Getnick & Getnick LLP's Lesley Ann Skillen highlights the multibillion-dollar budget-boosting benefit of introducing US-style whistleblower protections in Australia in a submission to a government inquiry.  

"There is no more compelling argument for the introduction of a US-style whistleblower-for-reward law modelled on the False Claims Act in Australia than the track record of the act in the United States," Ms Skillen said.

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How Trump Can Work with Russia to Challenge the Status Quo and to Control ISIS?

What should President Donald Trump do if ISIS crashed a plane into the Freedom Tower next September 11, 2017? After 16 years of a so-called “war on terror,” would experts be able to provide the new President with a clear and effective strategy to confront international terrorism?

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ICC Chief Prosecutor Urges Russia to Lead in Solving Disputes Legally

Russia should play a crucial role in solving issues through existing legal international mechanisms as it has rich expertise in the area, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) first chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told Sputnik on Friday, following Moscow's decision to leave the organization.

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Farc peace accord may prove hard sell for Colombia’s Santos

To some, the Colombian government’s historic peace deal with Marxist rebels that would end one of the world’s longest-running civil wars will only be fully appreciated in years to come.

Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Argentine former chief of the International Criminal Court, says the accord signed on Wednesday by Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, is “like a work by Van Gogh that only gained public recognition after he died.”

But pitted against the deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, is Álvaro Uribe, the popular former president who once led an all-out offensive against the rebels who has criticised the accord as being too lenient.

Mr Santos has promised to put his agreement with the guerrillas to an unprecedented nationwide referendum, set for October 2. But with divisions running deep, in its search for peace Colombia finds itself at a crossroads over how to end a five-decade-long conflict that killed 220,000 people and displaced almost 7m.

“One hundred per cent of Colombians want dialogue and peace,” Mr Uribe tells the Financial Times. “But many do not approve of full impunity or political eligibility for those responsible for crimes against humanity.”

Andres Schipani in Bogotá and Lucinda Elliott in London

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How Humanitarians Are Crowdsourcing Evidence Of A Genocide By ISIS

A year ago, Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown joined former ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and Kerry Propper, a financial entrepreneur, activist, and producer of the documentary Watchers of the Sky, on a visit to the Yazidis in Iraq, and together they began crowdsourcing evidence and organizing “It’s On U,” a political campaign to get the governments to refer the case to the ICC. In May, the campaign approached the human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who agreed to lead the case on behalf of Nadia Murad and the nonprofit Yazda, the global organization representing the Yazidis.

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La hora de la grandeza de Juan Manuel Santos y Alvaro Uribe

“Hay nuevas exigencias para los acuerdos de paz en Colombia. La mitad de los colombianos que votaron quiere más justicia para desmovilizar a las FARC. No les parece suficiente el trabajo comunitario, la tarea de desminado y las restricciones a estar confinados en un lugar específico como penas alternativas. Reclaman cárcel y que los líderes guerrilleros no puedan ser elegidos para cargos políticos. Están marcando un estándar mundial que no se conocía.”

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Who will stand for the African victims when leaders conduct massive atrocities to stay in power?

Luis Moreno Ocampo, the former ICC chief prosecutor, pinpoints the moment when attitudes changed:

“I remember South Africa as a champion, it was leading the continent under Mandela and Mbeki… under President Zuma, it’s different,” he told the BBC.

“Who will stand for the African victims when leaders conduct massive atrocities to stay in power? Who will prevent Burundi from slipping into genocide? We’re slipping backwards”.

He accused many leaders on this continent of “hypocrisy” – claiming that publicly they vilify the ICC to appease their African Union allies, while privately supporting its ideals.

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