Sunday, September 16, 2012

On September 16

On this day in ...
... 1982 (30 years ago today), the BBC published reports that in the midst of civil war in Lebanon, over a thousand Palestinian refugees had been "been killed during a 24-hour rampage by Lebanese militia in West Beirut" (map credit), at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Links between that Christian Phalangist militia and the Israeli government prompted a judicial inquiry in Israel; the inquiry's report led to the 1983 resignation of Ariel Sharon, then Minister of Defense (though he'd be elected Prime Minister in 2001, and would serve till a 2006 stroke, which incapacitates him to this day). Efforts by survivors to sue extraterritorially on allegations of crimes against humanity failed, as detailed by IntLawGrrls contributor Deena Hurwitz in her "Universal Jurisdiction and the Dilemmas of International Criminal Justice: The Sabra and Shatila Case in Belgium," published as a chapter in Human Rights Advocacy Stories (2009), which Deena edited along with colleagues Margaret L. Satterthwaite and Doug Ford.

(Prior September 16 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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