14 Marzo 2017 18:10
'Justice is what the victims want... but justice will forever be out of reach if we allow the evidence to disappear: if mass graves are not protected, if medical evidence is lost, if witnesses can no longer be traced.'
That's how stirringly human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney expressed herself while urging the United Nations not to let ISIS 'get away with genocide' in a speech in New York.
Clooney represents victims who have suffered rape and kidnapping at the hands of the terrorist organisation. In her speech she said that it wasn't just the brutality of the group that was shocking, but the world's passive response and lack of action in investigating the crimes and bringing perpetrators to justice.
Clooney expressed frustration that nothing had changed since she went to the UN six months ago seeking justice for the victims. 'If we do not change course, history will judge us, and there will be no excuse for our failure to act. We cannot say that ISIS' crimes were not serious enough; we cannot say that the interests of powerful states stood in the way; or that these crimes are too hard to prove. That's why I'm asking you today: to stand up for justice.'
She called on the countries of the world to show the 'moral leadership to make it happen', to ensure that ISIS is held accountable for its crimes. Amal's speech contained much that was worthy of thoughtful discussion and lively debate, and yet, in a depressingly sexist display, many in the media opted to report on her choice of maternity wear instead.
The Daily Mail headline was obnoxious, even by their standards: 'Wearing four-and-a-half-inch heels at six months pregnant... is that wise, Amal?'
The Mirror went with the slightly less offensive, if equally vacuous, 'Amal's little bump in the Big Apple'.
While The Sun gushed over her 'stylish' pencil skirt and matching blazer. Profound as always.