In his speech to a conference to mark 60 years of the Geneva Conventions organised by Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Kofi Annan outlined what he saw as the real challenges facing the Conventions - and international law - in the coming decades.
Ahead of the historic climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, The Elders urge all heads of government to attend the talks in Copenhagen and reach an ambitious, fair, effective and binding agreement to prevent climate catastrophe.
Maher Hanoun's family had been living in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem for generations before their eviction from their homes in August 2009 following an Israeli court ruling. Here, Mary Robinson describes the Elders' poignant meeting with the Hanoun family and argues that enforced evictions are unacceptable.
The International Criminal Court represents hope for victims of atrocities and sends a message that no one is above the law. Kofi Annan argues that this hope and message would be undermined if the African Union condemns the court because it has charged an African head of state. This article first appeared in The New York Times.
More than one woman dies every minute from preventable causes in childbirth, and a great many more are left with lifelong, debilitating complications. Mary Robinson and Alicia Yamin examine this global health emergency and argue why maternal health is a human rights issue. This article first appeared in The Boston Globe.
Desmond Tutu argues that African leaders must stand by those who have suffered in Darfur and support the International Criminal Court's issuance of an arrest warrant for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. This article first appeared in The New York Times.