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April 3, 2022: Humankind presents "The Rights of Civilians"

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Sunday, April 3, at 5pm:

The Rights of Civilians

The U.S. has officially declared that Russian forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine and The International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened an investigation.

In this new Humankind documentary by David Freudberg, we explore the history of courts set up to enforce the rule of law to protect innocent men, women and children. And we examine events around the founding of the ICC — considered a milestone for the rule of law, which incorporates the rights of women among other new protections for civilians.

We’ll consider the history of tribunals intended to safeguard civilians: From the Nuremberg trials based on Nazi atrocities in WW2. Or the time a victim of Slobodan Milosevic — known as “the Butcher of the Balkans” — confronted him at trial: “Don’t you have any feelings? How can you do this to women and children?” Or the International Criminal Court (ICC), which more than 120 countries have now joined.

In The Rights of Civilians, you'll hear from:

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
• The late Walter Cronkite who describes his emotions as Nazi leaders entered the Nuremberg Tribunal
Benjamin Ferencz, now age 102 and the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor, reconstructs the amazing history.
Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, an American federal judge tells what it was like for her personally as she presided over trials in the Balkans

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