Richard Goldstone

Richard J. Goldstone is the the co-chairperson of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association, who served as a chief prosecutor with the United Nations' international criminal tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia.

Recent Articles

Sudan's SOS

Thousands of Darfurian refugees huddled under straggly trees in furnace-like heat and unforgiving desert winds in Eastern Chad while a group of Physicians for Human Rights experts stared at the landscape. Goats, donkeys, and other livestock looked like mere skeletons. That was nearly three months ago, following a field investigation in which dozens of eyewitness testimonies from Sudanese refugees in Chad were taken. We called the Darfur crisis an unfolding genocide. We demanded immediate and concerted international intervention to save the lives of non-Arab Darfurians . As we've reported, in Darfur, tens of thousands of non-Arab civilians have died of starvation and disease or been killed by Sudanese government forces and their Janjaweed militia. Hundreds of thousands more will die in the coming months if a more vigorous international response -- offering protection from ongoing attacks and ensuring unimpeded delivery of food, water, and medicine -- is not implemented. For the record...

Exposing Atrocity

Unspeakable Truths: Confronting State Terror and Atrocity , Priscilla B. Hayner. Routledge, 340 pages, $27.50. I n South Africa under apartheid, so many whites who benefited from the system did not question the human costs--the deaths in detention, the forced removals of hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens, and the laws that demeaned and attacked the very dignity of the victims. In the years since apartheid ended, the work of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission has ensured that South African children will be taught about what happened in that dismal era. There will not be a "white history" and a "black history" but a common history, one that has already emerged from the five-volume report of the truth commission. Such a process, as the writer Michael Ignatieff has observed, can "narrow the range of permissible lies." To an American audience, it may seem self-evident that such commissions are worthwhile. Yet in countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia, Colombia,...