Nov 5, 2011

Drug War and Human Rights: ICC Won’t Take Up Case of Mexico’s Drug War

Latin American Herald Tribune: "The International Criminal Court will not hear a complaint that human rights activists filed against Mexican President Felipe Calderon for a drug-war strategy the would-be plaintiffs say has resulted in more than 50,000 deaths, the tribunal’s chief prosecutor said.

Luis Moreno Ocampo made the remarks in a talk at the Federal Judicial Institute in Mexico City, where he was joined by Spanish jurists Baltasar Garzon and Dolores Delgado Garcia. “To open a case there would have to be war crimes or crimes against humanity,” he said, adding that to prove the existence of such atrocities complainants must show that a person or group ordered a massive or systematic attack on the civilian population. We don’t judge political decisions or political responsibility,” he said when asked whether the ICC would take up the case." read more

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