Eric Stover Believes ICC Needs to Reach Out to War Victims

The Guardian, Guardian Legal Network, June 10, 2010 by Stephen Hubbell

“People see this court and tend to say, ‘Well, why doesn’t this court come in and arrest my neighbor down the road who also committed crimes?’ That’s not in the mandate of the court. The court is only going out to those most responsible for the most heinous crimes. So it’s important for the court to engage with the population, to hear them and learn from them too. We have to understand that the communities that were affected by mass violence have different feelings. Some feel like the victimized communities, others feel they’re being singled out. So you have to develop different messages for different communities.”