Eric Stover

How we outsourced CIA torture and why it matters

Eric Stover quoted in The Huffington Post, December 16, 2014

While the contractors could be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court, it’s extremely unlikely that will happen, said Eric Stover. … If it decides to take action at all, the court is more likely to go after the high-level officials who authorized the torture, rather than the contractors who carried it out. “They usually go after those most responsible for the most serious crimes,” Stover said.

Off the Cuff: Eric Stover

Eric Stover interviewed for The Oberlin Review, November 14, 2014

“What’s interesting here in the United States is … the establishment of Guantanamo, and the fact that it was unquestionable that we deliberately used torture on suspects … and that this country hasn’t had a discussion about what that meant and whether there are those who need to be held accountable.”

How can photography impact the struggle for human rights around the globe?

Eric Stover and Alexa Koenig interviewed on KALW-FM, Your Call, August 25, 2014

Stover: “The featured photographs remind us that human rights photography is at its best when it shuns the sensational and sentimental, and instead finds human dignity in the face of injustice.”

Koenig: “In a world where we are so saturated often with media images, it’s important to focus on the positive, the possibility for survival, the possibility for making sense out of something that often comes across as quite senseless.”

Human rights made strikingly visible at Berkeley show

Alexa Koenig and Eric Stover quoted in Berkeleyside, August 22, 2014

“We have an amazing opportunity to be affiliated with the campus, but we function as an independent NGO of sorts,” Koenig says. “We’re very boots on the ground, yet when we’re facing an issue we need to address we benefit from the expertise available at Cal.”

Eric Stover serves as faculty director…. “We tend to be so focused on the work and service we’re not thinking about outreach. The 20th anniversary celebration is our chance to acknowledge that there have been dozens of students and faculty involved with our work.”

Science and human rights

Eric Stover quoted in Buenos Aires Herald, August 11, 2014

“I still remember Chicha Mariani and Estela Barnes de Carlotto bringing me a newspaper clipping from Mar del Plata that discussed (genetic) paternity testing that was being conducted in the US, and asking me whether it could also be done to identify grandparents,” Stover told the Herald.

Challenges ahead for international criminal court, says leading war crimes expert

Eric Stover interviewed by KPBS-TV, November 12, 2013

“These are the most serious crimes. These include genocide, as we saw in Bosnia, or we saw in Rwanda; crimes against humanity, which are crimes that can take place during war or after war which involve massacres throughout countries; and what are generally called war crimes. But most of them are going to be crimes against humanity and genocide…. You’re going for the big fish, not the little fish; you’re going for military leaders, you’re going for leaders of countries, commanders, and so on who have commander responsibility and often order these crimes.”

The International Criminal Court’s risky move

Eric Stover writes for Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2013

The Kenyan parliament’s recent vote to withdraw from the International Criminal Court could undermine the trials of Kenya’s president and deputy president. But even more alarming, the vote casts a shadow over the ICC’s global mandate to effectively prosecute those responsible for state-sponsored atrocities.