Iain Guest


Iain Guest

Iain founded AP in 2001 after many years of writing about and working with civil society in countries in conflict. He was a Geneva-based correspondent for the London-based Guardian and International Herald Tribune (1976-1987); authored a book on the disappearances in Argentina; fronted several BBC documentaries; served as spokesperson for the UNHCR operation in Cambodia (1992) and the UN humanitarian operation in Haiti (2004); served as a Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace (1996-7); and conducted missions to Rwanda and Bosnia for the UN, USAID and UNHCR. Iain recently stepped down as an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where he taught human rights.



10 Apr

US Disdain for the International Criminal Court Weakens the Prosecution of War Crimes in Ukraine

Washington DC, April 10: On July 17 1998, I watched as the Clinton Administration made

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Posted Apr 10, 2022

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16 Aug

Afghan Betrayal – How We Broke A Promise to Women and Girls in Afghanistan

Newport, Rhode Island, August 16: Sixteen years ago, in October 2005, I found myself on

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Posted Aug 16, 2021

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14 Nov

Every Day Is Election Day

Philadelphia, November 14: The rest of the world hates to be lectured by Americans about

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Posted Nov 14, 2020

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11 Sep

Forever Haunted By The Disappeared

  Washington DC, September 11: In the summer of 1976, when I started out as

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Posted Sep 11, 2020

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31 Aug

Podcast – Remembering the Disappeared in Argentina

Washington DC, August 31: From Horror to Recovery: On the occasion of the International Day

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Posted Aug 31, 2020

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17 Jul

Mask of Empowerment

Washington, DC, July 17: President Trump’s mockery of face-masks will go down as one of

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Posted Jul 17, 2020

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20 Jun

World Refugee Day 2020 – Refugees, Resettlement and Racism

  Washington DC, June 20: We commemorate World Refugee Day today in the wake of

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Posted Jun 20, 2020

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08 Jun

Pandemic Weakens Legal Protections for Victims of Domestic Abuse in the U.S.

Newport, Rhode Ialand, June 8: The COVID-19 pandemic is making it harder to provide legal

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Posted Jun 08, 2020

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14 May

A Community Teacher Chafes at Distance Learning, Pines for her Students

  Newport, Rhode Island, May 14: I first met Lisa Olaynack, an English teacher at

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Posted May 14, 2020

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23 Apr

US Agencies Struggle to Protect Resettled Refugees Against COVID-19 

Newport, Rhode Island, April 23: In 1996 Laura, 51, fled a brutal civil war in

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Posted Apr 23, 2020

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14 Sep

Remembering Nguyen Van Tuan, 23, Victim of Agent Orange

When I first met Nguyen Van Tuan in August 2015 he was a bright young

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Posted Sep 14, 2018

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19 Dec

Travesty of Justice in Nepal

Why has the human rights movement turned its back on relatives of the disappeared in

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Posted Dec 19, 2016

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26 Aug

Israel, Gaza and the Future of Humanitarian Law

Washington DC, August 26: Israel’s tactics during the war in Gaza force us to ask

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Posted Aug 26, 2014

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20 May

After A Decade Of Achievement, It’s Time To Move Beyond Fistula

This Thursday, May 23, the world will celebrate ten years of fighting fistula, a foul

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Posted May 20, 2013

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10 Dec

Obama’s moment on human rights

The US should make joining the UN Human Rights Council a priority Geneva, December 10:

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Posted Dec 10, 2008

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21 Aug

Strange Travels – Leaving Bangladesh

Barisal, August 21: We are coming to the end of our visit to southern Bangladesh,

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Posted Aug 21, 2008

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21 Aug

The Wisdom of the Poor

Banari Pana, August 21: In Banari Para we are meeting individuals who were hit by

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Posted Aug 21, 2008

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20 Aug

A Question of Health

Banari Pana district, August 20: Today we drive to the district of Banari Para, where

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Posted Aug 20, 2008

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17 Aug

The Investors

Barisal, August 17: We’ve decided to offer some of BERDO’s beneficiaries the chance to do

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Posted Aug 17, 2008

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16 Aug

Out of the Shadows

Jagua Village, August 16: The village of Jagua lies off the main road, through a

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Posted Aug 16, 2008

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13 Aug

BERDO’s Micro-credit Model

Barisal, August 13, 2008: Our boat arrives at the port of Barisal with a thud,

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Posted Aug 13, 2008

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11 Aug

“I Remember the Colours”

Barisal, Bangladesh, August 11, 2008: It takes an hour and 30 minutes to reach the

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Posted Aug 11, 2008

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31 Jul

Arrival in Bangladesh

Over the next few weeks I will be posting blogs that were written during and

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Posted Jul 31, 2008

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30 Jul

Leaving Srebrenica

Srebrenica, July 30: The sun is shining as we leave Srebrenica. A plan for the

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Posted Jul 30, 2008

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30 Jul

Hasnija

Srebrenica, July 30: The return of refugees has been easier in the hills around Srebrenica

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Posted Jul 30, 2008

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30 Jul

Srebrenica Remembered

Srebrenica, July 30: Srebrenica must have been stunning before the war, with its Alpine setting.

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30 Jul

Magbula

Srebrenica, July 30: We stop off at the home of Magbula Divovic, one of the

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Posted Jul 30, 2008

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30 Jul

Potocari

Srebrenica, July 30: The story of the Srebrenica massacre has been told many times, including

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Posted Jul 30, 2008

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28 Jul

The Empty Town

Srebrenica, July 28: Standing in the debris of what used to be her family house,

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Posted Jul 28, 2008

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26 Jul

Return to the Crucible

Srebrenica, July 26, 2008: We set off from Tuzla to Srebrenica early in the morning

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Posted Jul 26, 2008

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26 Jul

“Memory is Everything”

Tuzla, July 26: Tuzla is built on salt, and so much salt has been extracted

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Posted Jul 26, 2008

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24 Jul

July 2008 – Return to Srebrenica, Bosnia

Tuzla, July 24, 2008: Today, I embark on a visit to Srebrenica in Eastern Bosnia,

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Posted Jul 24, 2008

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08 Feb

The Gentle Warrior

Crays Hill, Essex, UK, February 8, 2008: Our friend Grattan belongs in a long and

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Posted Feb 08, 2008

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01 Feb

The School as Battleground

Crays Hill, Essex, UK, February 1, 2008: One thing you quickly realize at Dale Farm:

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Posted Feb 01, 2008

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01 Feb

Richard Sheridan – the Advocate

Crays Hill, Essex, UK, February 1: Richard Sheridan produces photos of himself taken some years

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Posted Feb 01, 2008

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01 Feb

The Eyesore

Crays Hill, Essex, UK, February 1, 2008: Perhaps Dale Farm comes down to this: 500

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Posted Feb 01, 2008

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01 Feb

Facts and Figures

Crays Hill, Essex, UK, February 1, 2008: We enter Dale Farm under a gate of

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Posted Feb 01, 2008

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01 Feb

A Humanitarian Crisis?

Colchester, February 1: Our first call in Colchester is to Grattan Puxon, the indefatigable supporter

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Posted Feb 01, 2008

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31 Jan

Return to Dale Farm, UK

Colchester, UK: I arrived today in the English town of Colchester, east of London, to

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Posted Jan 31, 2008

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22 Oct

At the Fatima Zahra School, Jalalabad

Jalalabad, October 22: I have to visit all the classrooms at Fatima Zahra, and by

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Posted Oct 22, 2005

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16 Oct

Registration Woes

Jalalabad, October 16: I have to visit all the classrooms at Fatima Zahra, and by

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Posted Oct 16, 2005

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16 Oct

The Women Teachers of Fatima Zahra

Jalalabad, October 16: The school of Fatima Zahra is named after one of the Prophet

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Posted Oct 16, 2005

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15 Oct

Man of Authority

Kabul, October 15: Janadgur Basiri arrives at 4:00 A.M. in the cold and dark, with

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Posted Oct 15, 2005

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14 Oct

Cooking Pans and Sunburnt Camels

Kabul October 13, 2005. I have been assigned to deliver some important letters on this

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Posted Oct 14, 2005

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13 Oct

The Work Plan

Kabul, October 13, 2005. My first visit is to the suburb of Kart-i-char, where Omid

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Posted Oct 13, 2005

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12 Oct

Arriving in Afghanistan to Shocking News

Over the next weeks I will be posting blogs about my recent visit to Afghanistan

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Posted Oct 12, 2005

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26 Sep

The Tsunami Throws Up Leaders

Colombo, September 26: I’m reminded of the newspaper article I read on arrival about the

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Posted Sep 26, 2005

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25 Sep

Dealing with Grief

Viji Village, September 25: It is now nine months since V. Thangumani, also know as

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Posted Sep 25, 2005

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25 Sep

Divided Councils

Thuraineelavenai Village, September 25: Every village has an elected rural development society, and many agencies

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Posted Sep 25, 2005

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25 Sep

The War Widows

Nasivanteevu Village, September 25: In the village of Nasivanteevu we finally come face to face

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Posted Sep 25, 2005

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24 Sep

Mobilizing Caste

Cheddipalayan Village, September 24: We drive out to Cheddipalayam to visit a group of families

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Posted Sep 24, 2005

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24 Sep

Back to the Sea

Cheddipalayan Village, September 24: Cheddipalayam is one of many fishing communities that lay in the

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Posted Sep 24, 2005

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23 Sep

The Outsiders

Manalchenai Village, September 23: I have always assumed that any mischief in this aid operation

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Posted Sep 23, 2005

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23 Sep

Seeds of Recovery

Batticaloa, September 23: After the Tsunami struck, the survivors were collected from villages surrounding Batticaloa

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Posted Sep 23, 2005

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19 Sep

Aid Puzzle

Batticaloa, September 19: A tidal wave of money flowed into Sri Lanka following the Tsunami,

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Posted Sep 19, 2005

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17 Sep

To the East

Batticaloa, September 17: We leave early for Batticaloa, the coastal town where the Home for

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Posted Sep 17, 2005

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14 Sep

Wave of Terror

Colombo, September 14: I arrive in Sri Lanka thinking of New Orleans under water, bloated

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Posted Sep 14, 2005

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10 Sep

Sri Lanka After the Tsunami – One Island, Two Peoples

Colombo, September 10: Over the next three weeks I will be visiting our partner in

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Posted Sep 10, 2005

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13 Oct

Bhola’s Scoop

Kathmandu, October 13: I was aware of Bhola Paswan’s steady gaze at the Dharan journalist

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Posted Oct 13, 2004

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10 Oct

Breaching the Temples

Dangadi, October 10: It is in the dusty town of Dangadhi (Kailali district), in the

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Posted Oct 10, 2004

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05 Oct

The Badi Women of Mudha

Mudha Village, October 5: The Badi women of Mudha let customers know they are ready

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Posted Oct 05, 2004

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04 Oct

The Bonds of Labor

Geta, October 4: I have seen many people living in degrading conditions on this trip,

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Posted Oct 04, 2004

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03 Oct

Incident at Ghudigawm Gudi

Ghudigawn Gudi, October 3: The small whitewashed building stands alone in a large field, without

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Posted Oct 03, 2004

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01 Oct

First Brush with Advocacy

Dharan, October 1: Dalit advocacy has proliferated so fast in recent years that there may

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Posted Oct 01, 2004

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30 Sep

To be a Dalit

Kathmandu, September 30: The Jagaran Media Center (JMC) has organized a week’s training for young

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Posted Sep 30, 2004

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29 Sep

The Young Democrats

Kathmandu, September 29, 2004: One of the best places to get a flavor of Nepal’s

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Posted Sep 29, 2004

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28 Sep

Exploring Caste in Nepal

Kathmandu, Sept 28, 2004: Nepal has been in turmoil since King Gyanendra dismissed the government,

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Posted Sep 28, 2004

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18 Jun

Justice at the Hague 2004 – The Verdict

The Hague, June 18: The International Criminal Tribunal will start winding down at the end

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Posted Jun 18, 2004

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17 Jun

The Banality of Law

The Hague, June 17: Blagejovic enters in the presence of two burly, but unarmed, UN

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Posted Jun 17, 2004

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17 Jun

On Trial

The Hague, Netherlands, June 17: Courtroom number 3 at the International Criminal Tribunal in the

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Posted Jun 17, 2004

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15 Jun

Tough Talk Between Partners

Tuzla, June 15. Before I leave from Tuzla for the Netherlands, Pia, Beba Hadzic and

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Posted Jun 15, 2004

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15 Jun

Salt Peter

Tuzla, June 15: We return to Tuzla by bus and meet up in the afternoon

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Posted Jun 15, 2004

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14 Jun

In Search of the Dead

Tuzla, June 14: Earlier in the week, before we went to Srebrenica, Pia and I

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Posted Jun 14, 2004

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13 Jun

The DNA Puzzle

Tuzla, June 13: The ICMP center is situated at the Tuzla city morgue, which beckons

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Posted Jun 13, 2004

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13 Jun

Joined at the Hip

Srebrenica, June 13: Our confidence in Bosfam’s chances of establishing a foothold in Srebrenica has

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Posted Jun 13, 2004

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13 Jun

Housing Lottery

Srebrenica, June 13: A small group of experienced Bosfam weavers have now returned to Srebrenica.

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Posted Jun 13, 2004

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12 Jun

The Courage to Return

Srebrenica, June 12: Pia and I stay in the hotel Misirlije on Petrica street in

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Posted Jun 12, 2004

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11 Jun

Where is the Work?

Srebrenica, June 11: A job to do and a roof over one’s head – these

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Posted Jun 11, 2004

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11 Jun

In the Presence of Ghosts

Srebrenica, June 11: Before the war, Srebrenica was one of Bosnia’s most picturesque towns, and

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Posted Jun 11, 2004

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10 Jun

Driving to Srebrenica

Kravica, June 10: Today we leave for Srebrenica with Beba Hadzic, the director of Bosfam.

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Posted Jun 10, 2004

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09 Jun

In the Refugee Center of Mihatovici

Tuzla, Bosnia June 9: I arrived in the Bosnian town of Tuzla last Saturday to

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Posted Jun 09, 2004

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08 Jun

The Importance of Coffee

Tuzla, Bosnia, Tuesday June 8, 2004: Every day at Bosfam house begins with coffee. Marta

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Posted Jun 08, 2004

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08 Jun

Bosfam’s Struggle to Become a Business

Tuzla, Bosnia, June 8: Bosfam was created in 1993 by Beba Hadzic, who was head

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Posted Jun 08, 2004

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04 Jun

Srebrenica 2004 – the Never-ending Tragedy

July 11, 2005 will mark the tenth anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia,

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Posted Jun 04, 2004

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17 Jul

What Are the Prospects for the International Criminal Court?

Rome, July 17: The diplomatic conference in Rome today adopted the draft of a new

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Posted Jul 17, 1998

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