Listen to Achieving justice when courts are not yet able: The challenge of Syria with Ambassador Stephen Rapp


On Wednesday 20 May, Ambassador Stephen Rapp spoke to packed lecture theatre on a range of subjects related to the International Criminal Court, Syria and the objectives of relentlessly pursuing justice, even 70 years after a crime against humanity has been committed.

Ambassador Rapp reminded us of Hitler's horrific quote:

"Our strength is our quickness and our brutality. Genghis Khan had millions of women and children hunted down and killed, deliberately and with a gay heart. History sees in him only the great founder of States. What the weak Western European civilization alleges about me, does not matter. I have given the order—and will have everyone shot who utters but one word of criticism—that the aim of this war does not consist in reaching certain geographical lines, but in the enemies' physical elimination. Thus, for the time being only in the east, I put ready my Death's Head units, with the order to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of the Polish race or language. Only thus will we gain the living space that we need. Who still talks nowadays of the extermination of the Armenians?" *

Listen to his seminar by clicking here.

Ambassador Stephen Rapp is the Ambassador-at-Large, heading the Office of Global Criminal Justice in the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Rapp served as Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone beginning in January 2007, responsible for leading the prosecutions of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and other persons alleged to bear the greatest responsibility for the atrocities committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. During his tenure in Sierra Leone, his office won the first convictions in history for recruitment and use of child soldiers and for sexual slavery and forced marriage as crimes under international humanitarian law.


The event was co-hosted by Thomson Reuters and the AHRCentre.