Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover’s report cited in The New Yorker, March 18, 2013
The spread of such torture around the world is the subject of … “The Guantanamo Effect,” which is based on interviews with sixty-two former detainees, conducted by Laurel E. Fletcher, the director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, at Berkeley, and Eric Stover, the director of Berkeley’s Human Rights Center.
Eric Stover cited in Foreign Policy, August 13, 2012
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2007, established that civilians who were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder ―about 74 percent of the Ugandans surveyed by University of California, Berkeley, scholar Eric Stover and his colleagues―were “more likely to favor violent means to end the conflict” than civilians who were not. Trauma begets trauma―and violence.
Eric Stover interviewed on PBS NewsHour, April 26, 2012
Charles Taylor wasn’t at the helm ordering these crimes, but he was behind the scenes planning and aiding and abetting, and making an incredible amount of money…. This has sent a message that those who will profit from arms trading, those who will profit from the suffering of others can be held accountable in international court.
International Review of the Red Cross, June 2011 by Eric Stover, Mychelle Balthazard and K. Alexa Koenig
http://www.icrc.org/eng/index.jsp (go to G:\Law School in the News\News Clips for article)
Testifying in war crimes trials can potentially be a positive experience for civil parties so long as the process is largely perceived as safe, respectful, and dignified….Yet, even when those conditions exist, civil parties can lose faith in a court if they believe that a sentence is too lenient or if they feel that a court has failed to provide reparations commensurate with the gravity of the crimes.
Swiss Public Radio, January 10, by Max Akermann
“Guantanamo is not an election issue at all as most Americans are too worried about jobs and the economy” (paraphrased).
-PBS Newshour, March 25, 2011 Host Spencer Michaels
There’s torture. There’s abuse of prisoners. There’s disappearance. There’s movement of populations, sexual violence. And this ability, with these new technologies, to gather information, to map it all in, and to understand it in and be able to produce that and take that evidence to international criminal courts, is extremely valuable.
-The New York Times, November 18, 2011 by Rachel Nuwer
The sheer magnitude of genocidal killing in some places–Rwanda or Cambodia, for instance–can make it exceedingly difficult to identify remains. But in Bosnia, Dr. Stover says, “There’s no question that families wanted the remains returned. There’s not closure here,” he said. “But this chapter in a way is closed, and people can better move on with their lives.”
-The Huffington Post, July 24, 2010 by Robin McDowell
”I have found in my research at other tribunals that some victim-witnesses experience a boost immediately after testifying,” he said. ”But I always caution on proclaiming that testifying necessarily will have long-term benefits. Other events in their life—loss of a loved one, a job, for instance—could re-trigger past trauma.”
-PBS NewsHour, July 26, 2010 by Fred de Sam Lazaro
”People will have basic needs and need to be attended to, but if you are going to have real progress, you also put in the infrastructure for democracy, infrastructure for the rule of law, infrastructure that will support human rights, because, without that, you will always be in an uphill battle.”
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.”
Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2010 by Victor Peskin and Eric Stover
Ideally, the ICC will be the harbinger of a new culture of accountability. Many in Kenya—and Moreno-Ocampo himself— hope indictments will rekindle interest in creating a domestic tribunal to adjudicate the violence.
PBS The NewsHour, May 25, 2010 by Fred de Sam Lazaro
“People will have basic needs and need to be attended to, but, if you’re going to have real progress, you also put in the infrastructure for democracy, infrastructure for the rule of law, infrastructure that will support human rights, because, without that, you will always be in an uphill battle.”