“Genocide by Proxy – The World Court Weighs In”
When is a nation legally responsible for atrocities carried out by armed groups it supports in another nation? And what are the consequences?
These questions are not merely theoretical. In 1986 the International Court of Justice (also known as the World Court) ruled that the United States was not generally liable for human rights violations committed by the Contras in Nicaragua. Even though the US created, funded and trained the Contras, the Court ruled that the US was not responsible for most of their actions, because Washington did not have “effective control of the military or paramilitary operations in the course of which the alleged violations were committed.” Read More