Guess who has a birthday coming up?

Hi everyone,

When the Holocaust happened 70 years ago, the world came together to hold the perpetrators of genocide accountable, tried them at the famous Nuremberg trials and said “Never again…”. Sadly, it happened again, in Cambodia (1975), Bosnia (1992), Rwanda (1994), Sudan (2003 and continuing). At the same time, massive human rights violations continue in places like the Congo and Burma where leaders continue to perpetrate horrendous crimes against their own citizens. In an increasingly global and interconnected world, we need strong institutions like the International Criminal Court (ICC) who hold such leaders accountable for their actions. Its mission is to bring to justice persons who have been “accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes”.

“The ICC is a court of last resort. It will not act if a case is investigated or prosecuted by a national judicial system unless the national proceedings are not genuine, for example if formal proceedings were undertaken solely to shield a person from criminal responsibility. In addition, the ICC only tries those accused of the gravest crimes.”

Next Saturday, July 17th, it’ll be exactly 10 years since the formation of this unprecedented institution. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the 10th birthday of the ICC at Barbara’s house. All details are below.


Barbara & Anshul
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10th Birthday Celebration of the International Criminal Court (ICC)


Saturday, July 17th 6:00p Dinner 7:30p screening of The Reckoning

Barbara and Betsy’s house in Aliso Viejo

Suggested contribution of $25

This is a mini-fundraiser for Living Ubuntu. And a chance to know the volunteer team behind all our events. The dinner will be home-made, vegetarian and undeniably delectable :)

Seating is extremely limited at the house. We can accommodate no more than 20 people. If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP.

For more information, please call us at (949) 891-2005.

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Screening of The Reckoning (Saturday, Sep 19th)

Hi everyone,

For those of us who follow the Darfur crisis, we hear constantly about the ICC (International Criminal Court) and it’s chief prosecutor, Mr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo (I’m a huge fan).  Yet, I knew so little about the behind-the-scenes story of how the court was formed.

PBS recently aired this fantastic documentary about the court — The Reckoning.  And we’ve secured rights to hold a free screening this month on Saturday, Sep 19th in Irvine.  All details are below.

Many thanks to Peggy and Bridgette for doing all the work in organizing this screening. I hope you will join us.

Anshul Mittal
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The Reckoning: Battle for the International Criminal Court

The Reckoning: Battle for the ICC

presented by

Orange County for Darfur
Amnesty International, Irvine Chaper

Saturday, Sept 19th 2009

Irvine Ranch Water District
15600 Sand Canyon Av.
Irvine, CA 92618

Click here to watch the trailer

An epic, nail-biting account of the new International Criminal Court’s struggle to prosecute perpetrators — however powerful or concealed they may be — of crimes against humanity as the Court fights to establish its own credibility on the world stage.  The film was an Official Selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Please visit for more information.  RSVPs greatly appreciated.


OC For Darfur planning meeting on Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30p

Hi everyone,

The last couple of weeks have been unusually busy planning for various events.  I’m happy to report that

  • We will be screening The Reckoning on Saturday, Sept 19th.
  • And hosting a talk with Carl Wilkens on Saturday, Oct 10th.

Stay tuned for more details regarding these events.

Our next planning meeting is next Tuesday, Sept 1st. We will meet at Patty’s office in Newport Beach.  Here is the address.

Patty’s office @ 6:30p
2424 SE Bristol Street, Suite 300
Newport Beach, CA  92660

We will discuss:

  • Carl Wilken’s event in the fall.
  • The Reckoning screening.
  • The Greatest Silence screening.
  • Barbara’s upcoming GI-Net Retreat in Washington in September.

If you’d like to get involved and help with the planning of any of these activities, we would love to have you come and attend :)

See you soon.

Anshul Mittal
Orange County for Darfur | blog | calendar | latest updates | photos

The Reckoning, a new documentary on the ICC premieres in July

“The Reckoning” by Pamela Yates, follows dynamic ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and his team for three years across four continents as he issues arrest warrants for Lord’s Resistance Army leaders in Uganda, puts Congolese warlords on trial, shakes up the Colombian justice system, and charges Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir with genocide in Darfur.

Watch the trailer below.

In this place killers go unpunished.  Without justice, people have no respect for each other.  If this is left unpunished, it will happen again.

This documentary was the official selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.  And it premieres on PBS on Tuesday, July 14thCheck your local listings.

You cannot have lasting peace without justice.

The Reckoning (official website)

See the broadcast schedule on PBS.

The Reckoning

Academy Award nominations were announced this week. One film not among the nominees – newly released “The Reckoning”.

The Reckoning“, directed by Pamela Yates and shown at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s efforts to bring to justice those who commit the unthinkable – war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

The film documents Moreno-Ocampo’s often-challenged-yet-unwavering drive to halt the suffering of the people of Colombia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan.

If future local screenings of the film arise, we will surely let all of you know.