July 6th

On this day in 1945, Nicaragua became the first nation to ratify the United Nations Charter, an international treaty which established the foundations of the United Nations.

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April 29th

On the 29th of April 1945, the Nazi Concentration Camp, Dachau, was liberated by the United States Army.

Intended to hold political prisoners of the Nazi Regime, Dachau was the first Concentration Camp opened by Hitler’s Reich in 1933, with the purpose of inducing hard labour and eventually the imprisonment of members of the Jewish Faith

March 10th

On this day in 2015, Pakistan reinstated the death penalty for non terrorist-crimes eligible for capital punishment. This action followed the reintroduction of the death penalty for terrorist crimes in December 2014 after 132 students and 9 members of staff died at the Peshawar School massacre; the deadliest terror attack ever seen in Pakistan. The…

The Origins of Human Rights and War Crimes

On February 3rd, 2017, Phil Shiner – a previously reputable human rights lawyer who brought abuse claims against British troops after the Iraq War – was struck off for misconduct. In light of these developments, the history of war crime comes to mind.