Today In Fact, 17 July

Justice or just us? Today in 1918, a group of Bolsheviks killed the inept Tsar Nicholas II and what was left of his family in Yekaterinburg. The bodies were buried in an unmarked grave and some 50 years later were they proclaimed martyrs by the Russian Orthodox Church. This proclamation was widely rejected and the Church eventually proclaimed the Romanovs, “passion bearers” that is they reluctantly gave their life under the Bolshevik oppression. Their non-orthodox servants however were not recognized as saints. Another case of justice or just us?

Exactly eight decades after the Romanov killings in 1998, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court was signed which established four core international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

The Rome Statute was adopted by a vote of 120 to 7, with 21 countries abstaining. Three of the seven countries voting against the establishment of the international court were: USA, China and Israel.

The international Court of Justice came 80 years too late for the Romanovs, it came too late for the many millions who have been killed in genocides across the globe.

Can it prove an effective break on international crimes? Can any court bring restorative justice to powerful human rights abusers?

– Posted by Douglas Racionzer (serendipiday.blogspot.com)

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