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Justice Day
July 17

After the shock and horror of the Holocaust and the devastation that took place because of World War II, the United Nations was formed to try to prevent these atrocities from ever happening again. But millions of civilians have died in dozens of wars since then and genocide - systematically killing people based on their religion or ethnic background - has occurred again and again.

For more than a century, people have lobbied and worked to create an international criminal court to bring to justice those who are responsible for crimes against humanity -- war crimes and genocide. Finally, on July 17, 1998, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court was adopted. In October 2005, Mexico became the 100th nation to ratify this international statute to create a permanent International Criminal Court.

International Justice Day is an opportunity to rally support for the International Criminal Court that will bring perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice, especially in countries like the United States, whose government does not yet support this institution for international justice, even though the majority of Americans do. Justice Day is also an opportunity to highlight the ongoing work that Amnesty International and thousands of other organizations are doing to defend human rights and create a more just and peaceful world.

What is a Social Justice Group?
( a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center)
defines a US social justice group as:

A social justice group organizes across race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and other lines to ensure the full participation of marginalized people in America's diverse democracy.


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Justice Day-July 17

Dr. Patch Adams

Mahnaz Afkhami

Swami Agnivesh

John Peter Altgeld

Kofi Annan

Oscar Arias

Hizkias Assefa

Peter Benenson

Medea Benjamin

Wendell Berry

Leonardo Boff


Blase Bonpane

Norman Borlaug

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Helder Camara

Jimmy Carter

Cesar Chavez

Ben Cohen

Norman Cousins

Jean Dominique

Frederick Douglass

Marian Wright Edelman

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Adolfo Perez Esquivel

Dr. Paul Farmer

Alfred Hermann Fried

Arun Gandhi

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Granny D

Poul Hartling

Angelina Jolie

Petra Kelly

John F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy

Irene Khan

Craig Kielburger

Kim Dae-jung

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yuri Kochiyama

Jonathan Kozol

Dennis Kucinich

Abraham Lincoln

John Locke

Luiz Lula da Silva

Mairead Corrigan Maguire

Nelson Mandela

Colman McCarthy

Cynthia McKinney

George Meany

Rigoberta Menchu

Nina Meyerhof

David A. Morse

Bill Moyers

Raplh Nader

Carol Newell

Barack Obama

Thomas Paine

Rosa Parks

Betty Reardon

Eleanor Roosevelt

Ginetta Sagan

Susan Sarandon

Jonathan Schell

Patricia Schroeder

Sulak Sivaraksa

Lucy Stone

Desmond Tutu

Alirio Uribe Munoz

Patricia Verdugo Aguirre

Lech Walesa

Simone Weil

H. G. Wells

Paul Wellstone

Barbara Wiedner

Elie Wiesel

Simon Wiesenthal

Roy Wilkins

Betty Williams

Terry Tempest Williams

Mary Wollstonecraft

Peter Yarrow

Angie Zelter

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