U.N. War Crimes Court Gets Timbuktu Monuments Case

The International Criminal Court ventures into new territory as the first jihadi, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, appears before the court, facing unprecedented war crime charges for allegedly ordering an attack on a historic monument. Ambassador Stephen Rapp, Distinguished Fellow at The Hague Institute, commented on the potential deterrent value of the case.

“In these sorts of conflicts, the destruction of religious, cultural or historical objects, and the patrimony of the people, is another way in which you destroy a civilization, destroy a religion — the kind of things on which life is based in our societies.”

Ambassador Stephen Rapp, Distinguished Fellow

Read the full article here. Also available in French.

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