Interview with Sean Butler, President and Secretary of the International Criminal Court Alliance


An introduction to the International Criminal Court (ICC), including a brief discussion of its history and relation to the United Nations and the International Court of Justice (IJC.) Atrocities in Africa and the court’s action on them is discussed, as well as the three types of crimes that the court addresses. Sean talks about the tragedy of child soldiers, mutilation, and rape that are prevalent in African war zones. Particular attention is given to the details surrounding the indictment of Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan, and guerrilla leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, who is currently on trial at the ICC. This very informative interview covers a great deal about the International Criminal Court and serves to orient the viewer to its means, methods and purpose.


John Washburn to visit SoCal

John Washburn, the convenor of the American NGO Coalition for the ICC, is visiting SoCal May 18-20, 2014.

On Saturday, May 18, 9:30-2:30, he is part of the program for the annual meeting of Citizens for Global Solutions, at the Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 South Peck Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA. There will be a lunch served. The price is $30. Contact Tom Hastings for more info at 310.372.6734.

On Sunday, May 19, 4:30-7:30, he will be at program organized by World Issues and Action Center, at 3916 Sepulveda, Culver City. There is a suggested donation of $10. Contact Jules Boyele for more info at 213.985.8067.

John will also be the Santa Monica Unitarian Church on Sunday, May 19. Please check with the church for the schedule.

Annual Conference of Citizens for Global Solutions – CA Region

Citizens for Global Solutions

Come to the Annual Conference of Citizens for Global Solutions – California Region on Saturday, May 18, in Manhattan Beach. Hear two influential leaders discuss (1) UN Women and their work to end violence against women and (2) the International Criminal Court (ICC), which prosecutes world leaders for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Maggie Forster Schmitz is President of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women (USNC-UN Women).  She will speak about the creation of UN Women in 2010 and its focus areas, including prevention of violence against women.  Then she will describe the UN Treaty “Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women” (or CEDAW), explaining how it forms the core of the work of UN Women and why U.S. ratification is important.  Maggie is an international affairs consultant with 12 years of experience writing and speaking about policy issues ranging from political dynamics in the Persian Gulf to UNICEF country programs.

John Washburn is head of a coalition of 40 NGOs that support the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC).  The coalition is called AMICC (  He will speak on what we’ve learned about the ICC since its beginning in 2002 and how to make it more effective.  The ICC has indicted 30 world leaders from seven countries.  The U.S. has not ratified the ICC Treaty and John says it will be a long-term effort to do so.  What can we do in the meantime to more effectively engage with the ICC?  What can we do to prepare the U.S. for ratification?  Come hear John’s answers.  John was one of the U.S. negotiators who wrote and approved the charter of the ICC in Rome in 1998.

Sean Butler, president of the International Criminal Court Alliance (ICCA) of Los Angeles, will join John in a Q & A panel.

Tom Hastings, President of the California Region, will describe the past year’s campaigns and current climate change actions.  Note: Last year Citizens for Global Solutions changed its name to which is our long-established web address ( This reflects our emphasis on an on-line presence, though we remain an organization of citizens.

The event includes a catered lunch and costs $30 per person.  The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall of the Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 S. Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.  Click here for more info for a detailed agenda and to register and pay by check, including guests:

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Tom Hastings, (310) 372-6734

President, Citizens for Global Solutions – California Region

Next meeting

The International Criminal Court Alliance will meet on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9 a.m. at the law office of Sean Butler located at 11835 W. Olympic  #1090,
Los Angeles, California. This is the east tower of the Westside Towers. There is often free parking on the street behind the building, near the back entrance at Mississippi and Westgate. For more information, please call (310) 473-0777 during normal business hours (the phone will be answered as “Law Offices” and you can ask to speak with Sean Butler.) We try to limit the meetings to one hour, and one can participate either in person, or by telephone. The call in number is 218.339.4300, access code 524210#.