When Nigerians learned about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab – the 24-year-old who tried to blow up a transatlantic flight on Christmas Day 2009 – they responded by launching a PR campaign. Nollywood films reenacting Flight 253 appeared on YouTube, featuring a giggling Nigerian warning compatriots not to be so stupid. A Facebook page, Nigerians Against Terrorism, was quickly founded.
But the country’s reputation for terror links has since mushroomed, thanks to the Islamist militia Boko Haram launching a bombing campaign in the north of the country. It has links to other regional fundamentalist groups and parts of Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).… Seguir leyendo »
The attempt to obtain an international arrest warrant for deputy Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak is the latest development in what lawyers describe as a rapidly growing area of law – “universal jurisdiction”.
Under this principle, the most abhorrent crimes – such as genocide, torture and war crimes – can be prosecuted in the national courts of countries other than where they were committed. Customary international law and treaties such as the torture convention now place obligations on states to ensure that alleged perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice, even it means trying them in their own courts.
The UK has not been as active as other European countries in implementing universal jurisdiction.… Seguir leyendo »