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Shifting Global Powers and International Law by Charles Sampford, Bridget Lewis, Rowena Maguire

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11 A civil libertarian's lament for a lost decade of human rights

Ramesh Thakur1

In 2012, Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu refused to share the stage with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and pulled out of a scheduled international event in Johannesburg. Explaining his decision, he wrote that in order to wage their immoral Iraq war, President George W. Bush and Blair ‘fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies’ and left a legacy of death and destruction. He pointedly asked why African leaders should be arraigned before the International Criminal Court (ICC) while Blair joins the international speakers' circuit:

in a consistent world, those responsible for this suffering and loss of life [in Iraq] should be treading the ...

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