Chapter

“Why Did It Take You So Long to Get Here?”

Ann Clwyd

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520244863.003.0023
“Why Did It Take You So Long to Get Here?”

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Journalism in Iraq now offered possibilities of a stimulating career as all forms of media blossomed in post-Saddam Iraq. The evidence of atrocities had been growing since the early years of the Saddam regime. The Convention on Genocide appeared to work against its stated ambition, as it became more important to avoid triggering any legal duty to act by using the word genocide than to act against the abuses. INDICT showed how the politics of solidarity and human rights had developed by the mid-1990s. The aftermath of regime change in Iraq shows how much work needs to be done in planning for the rebuilding of countries that have been scarred by conflict. This chapter begins by recalling a student asking why it had taken the international community so long to act against Saddam. The answer touches on the history of the solidarity movement.

Keywords: Iraq; Saddam; solidarity movement; genocide; INDICT; human rights

Chapter.  6823 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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