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Human rights refers to the concept of human beings as having universal rights, or status, regardless of legal jurisdiction, and likewise other localizing factors, such as ethnicity and nationality. Philosophically, human rights can be based on social contract theories, conceptions of natural rights, or a combination thereof.

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The ICC's temporary headquarters in The Hague

The International Criminal Court (ICC or ICCt) was established in 2002 as a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression, although it cannot currently exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. The Court came into being on July 1, 2002 — the date its founding treaty, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, entered into force — and it can only prosecute crimes committed on or after that date.

As of June 2008, 106 states are members of the Court. A further 40 countries have signed but not ratified the Rome Statute. However, a number of states, including China, India and the United States, are critical of the Court and have not joined.

The Court can generally exercise jurisdiction only in cases where the accused is a national of a state party, the alleged crime took place on the territory of a state party, or a situation is referred to the Court by the United Nations Security Council. The Court is designed to complement existing national judicial systems: it can exercise its jurisdiction only when national courts are unwilling or unable to investigate or prosecute such crimes. Primary responsibility to investigate and punish crimes is therefore left to individual states.


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The 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay was met with protests by human rights groups particularly on the issue of Tibet. The Chinese government complained at the politicization of a sporting event. However, track-suited Chinese security officials who accompanied the torch in London were called "thugs" by both the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and chairman of the London Olympic Committee Lord Coe, because of their behaviour.

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Devanagari: गांधी; Gujarati: મોહનદાસ; October 2, 1869January 30, 1948) was a prominent political and spiritual leader of India and its struggle for independence from the British Empire. He was the pioneer[1] and perfector of Satyagraha - the resistance of tyranny through mass civil disobedience strongly founded upon ahinsa (total non-violence) - which led India to independence, and has inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi is commonly known and addressed in India and across the world as Mahatma Gandhi (from Sanskrit, Mahatma:Great Soul) and as Bapu (in many Indian languages, Father). Read more...


  • "Human rights in the sense of human solidarity has created a new universal and equal language going beyond racial, gender, ethnic or religious boundaries. That is why we consider it a doorway to dialogue for people of all socio-cultural groups and all ideologies." - Munir Said Thalib
  • If you're not ready to die for it, put the word "freedom" out of your vocabulary. - Malcolm X
  • The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear. - Aung San Suu Kyi

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