Friday, February 27, 2009

Burma to the ICC?

An independent report says so:

Military checkpoints were set up across the delta as the regime treated the disaster not as a humanitarian emergency but as a security crisis.

The report claims some people who attempted to distribute private aid were arrested. It details allegations of aid being stolen and resold by the military authorities.

The researchers also claim the army used forced labour, including of children, in the aftermath of the disaster.

Like everyone else, I was horrified by the Burmese regime's response to the cyclone, although unlike everyone else I was not particularly surprised. Still, I seriously question whether this sort of gross negligence is grounds for shipping people to the Hague. A lot of countries have responded ineptly to disasters in recent years, including at least a couple permanent members of the Security Council. Will Michael Brown be at the Hague for the deadly debacle of Hurricane Katrina? Probably not.

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