The language we use to refer to violations of freedom of religion or belief is important. In our language matters series we explore some commonly used terms and their meanings.
Academic and terrorism researcher David Tucker once wrote: “Above the gates of hell is the warning that all that enter should abandon hope. Less dire but to the same effect is the warning given to those who try to define terrorism.” Today, his words still aptly describe the continuing search by states and international bodies … Continue reading Language matters: What is terrorism?
Crimes against humanity are one of four atrocity crimes defined in international law. The first prosecution for crimes against humanity happened after the Second World War. It was underpinned by the belief that certain crimes are an affront to the very conscience of mankind. The international community sought to ensure there would be no impunity … Continue reading Language Matters: What is Persecution?