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Karen Engle Colloquium

Over the past decade, the human rights movement has become almost synonymous with the fight against impunity. Increasingly, to be for human rights means to favor criminal accountability for those individuals who have violated international human rights or humanitarian law. It also means to be against amnesty for those who have violated such law. The anti-impunity focus of the human rights movement has affected not only the direction of human rights discourse and jurisprudence, but that of international law more generally and of NGO funding and activity.