Founding ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. (photo credit:REUTERS)
JPost By: Yonah Jeremy Bob
Founding ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo talks about war crimes trials and trying to deter genocide: past, present and future.
BUILDING GLOBAL institutions is the key to preventing genocide, and if we fail there is no future for humanity, former International Criminal Court Chief Special Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo warns in a wide-ranging interview with The Jerusalem Report ahead of a conference of international jurists in Krakow, Poland in May that will mark the 80th anniversary of the coming into effect of the Nuremberg Race Laws and the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials.
Ocampo will participate “Ministers of Justice Panel” that will address the theme “The Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights: Universal Lessons for the Preventing and Combating of Mass Atrocity in Our Time” and will also include Ocampo; Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked; former French Justice Minister Robert Badinter, and will be moderated by Prof. Irwin Cotler, the Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights and a former Canadian justice minister and member of parliament.
“It’s important to remember the Holocaust, the biggest tragedy of the 20th century. We need to learn to keep moving to avoid similar problems,” says Ocampo, who was the first ICC prosecutor from 2003-2012.