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On May 10, 1906, Charles Scott, a candidate for governor who often campaigned in his Confederate uniform, gave the speech dedicating a new Confederate monument at @OleMissRebels.

We’ve searched for the full text of this speech for years. On Friday night, I finally found it.
It was reprinted in full in the Vicksburg Herald on May 11, 1906.
Much of the speech, as expected, is boilerplate Lost Cause rhetoric. Scott repeatedly defends the right of secession, argues that slavery was a “mere incident” to the Confederate cause, and exalts the gallantry of Confederate soldiers and the nobility of white southern women.
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OK. Here we go. #ICJ Provisional Measures Order #TheGambia v #Myanmar #Rohingya #Genocideconvention Judge Sebutinde - not on the bench.
- Background of application - omitting procedural history etc.
Reference to #Rohingya group that self-identifies as Rohingya; prima facie jurisdiction need not be definitive as to merits of the case - art 36(1) ICJ Statute & Art 9 Genocide Convention - this needs to be satisfied first
Parties to GC - no reservation to art 9 by Myanmar but to art 6 & 8; no reservations of Gambia; “dispute” exists where hold “clearly opposite views” re performance/non-performance of obligations;one party maintains dispute, other denies it. Therefore compromissory clause comes in
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Day 3 - last day of #ICJ provisional measures hearings, #TheGambia v #Myanmar #GenocideConvention #Rohingya. First up, #TheGambia Reichler: Myanmar not denied UN #FFM conclusion of “inference of genocidal intent” or the 7 indicators; 2019 report para 224 - extreme brutality;
Quoted ASSK admission of #IHL violations; ignoring of #sexual violence; #hate narratives - commander in chief Min Aung Hlaing #Facebook page quoted; discriminatory policies including #citizenship law & NVC process; govt tolerance of hate; failure to investigate prosecute
This last one was the only point disputed by Myanmar - “what state is she talking about?” - military justice system must investigate & prosecute - difficulties admitted by ASSK; how can the #Tatmadaw hold itself accountable when top 6 commanders recommend for prosecution?
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Day 2 #Gambia v #Myanmar #ICJ begins, w/#ASSK up first. She declares #genocide is a crime, applied by #ICTR to #Rwanda but not to #Kosovo or #Croatia by #ICTY or #ICJ, because of a lack of dolus specialis.
Gambia has put fwd 'Incomplete & misleading factual picture'. Situation in #Rahkine is 'complex & not easy to fathom'. (same rhetoric as we have heard for years)
Complexities go back for yrs. Claims conflict btwn Arakan Army w/5000 fighters & the #Myanmar Army, w/Arakan Army seeking independence. The conflict has led to displacement & security measures such as curfew & checkpoints, applied to all regardless of background.
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Ok folks - Day 2 of the #ICJ #Gambia v #Myanmar provisional measures hearings going to start - important as no submissions yet by Myanmar so, first formal indication of their legal strategy. [I’ll be away on an interview for a bit so hoping we have other “live tweeters”?? :)]
Agent of Myanmar: #ASSK takes the floor as minister for foreign affairs (is this the first time an agent doesn’t have a legal background); #genocide convention “wholeheartedly” signed by Myanmar; not applied to Kosovo or exodus of Serb population from Croatia. No Specific intent
Incorrect factual situation presented to court; though suffering of innocent people. #Rakhine state background - internal armed conflict; Arakan army seeks independence; displacement & conflict, affecting civilians
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1. Thread: Stellar pieces by my small-but-mighty
@JxnFreePress reporting team from last week: First, State reporter @ashtonpittman does the kind of indepth campaign reporting you don’t find elsewhere in Mississippi. Read current cover story. #MSelex #MSgov
@JxnFreePress @ashtonpittman 2. City reporter @SeymaBayram0 brought us the second installment in her #smartjustice series on Hinds County (and state) criminal-justice system, this one on weak indigent defense in our state. I'm learning so much I've never seen reported in her series. jacksonfreepress.com/news/2019/oct/…
@JxnFreePress @ashtonpittman 3. Investigative fellow @nickjudin did his first magazine piece for us on what the Glenn Boyce/#IHL controversy says about academic freedom at the University of Mississippi. Wonderful writing, interviews and deep reporting. He has quite the source base. jacksonfreepress.com/news/2019/oct/…
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Coming up:

@CHarlandICRC (Deputy Permanent Observer & Legal Adviser, @ICRC_NYC) will deliver a statement to #UNGA 6th Committee on "Measures to eliminate international #terrorism"

Watch live: webtv.un.org/live-now/watch…
@CHarlandICRC #Terrorism negates the fundamental principle of humanity. It is contrary to many underlying principles & core objectives of int'l humanitarian law (#IHL).

The @ICRC condemns acts of terrorism & is deeply distressed by the devastating impact of these acts
-@CHarlandICRC
@CHarlandICRC @ICRC Member States must be clear and firm about the need for counter-terrorism activities to be conducted with full respect for the protections afforded to all individuals by international law, in particular #IHL and #HumanRights law

-@CHarlandICRC
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Alors les amis, The French Ministry of Armed Forces #AI task force has released a new report covering #AI in #defence & a roadmap toward more military adoption. You can read it en français here: defense.gouv.fr/salle-de-press…

Or read on for a few findings & preliminary thoughts.
FR wants its very own JAIC-like cell, the CCIAD, embedded within their Defence Innovation Agency (IAD). (Shout out: FR speakers should follow @KrajeckiMichael). The Coordination Cell for AI in Defence will facilitate efforts on coordination & strategy. p21 for this buried lede
Nice to see that France does not see AI as an end unto itself. Intro is pragmatic & focusses on the weaknesses of second-wave AI systems (although without using the #DARPA-esque vocab), including by noting that #AI does not change the nature of war.
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Happy birthday to the 1949 #GenevaConventions! 69 years ago, after the horrific experiences of World War II, States gathered and adopted 4 Conventions at the Diplomatic Conference in #Geneva. Thread 👇🏼
One year before (in 1948), drafts of the Geneva Conventions were discussed at the 17th International conference of the Red Cross in Stockholm. #GenevaConventions
Sadly, Count Folke Bernadotte - the president of the Swedish Red Cross and president of the International Conference - was killed in Jerusalem a month after the conference.
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