I had called it Our First Test, because it was happening just after the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, in Paris. It was the end of January 2015 and Raif Badawi, young Saudi blogger, had already been in jail for 2 years. His freedom had been crushed, and he was to get the first 50 of the 1000 lashes that are part of the crazy punishment he received for supposedly having insulted his religion on his blog.
Now, one year from then, Badawi is still in jail. So I’m reposting that long form cartoon – it was also the first I had ever drew. I’m doing that because we failed our first test: after our big and thunderous demonstrations in the streets of Paris, to reaffirm the value of freedom, we are not protecting all those people whose freedom of speech is endangered on a daily basis.
My fifth long-form cartoon on the ICC trials has been published on Justicehub.org!!!
The ICC is the International Criminal Court, an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague, in the Netherlands.
Understanding what’s going on in the international justice field might be tough sometimes, especially for who’s not well-read on the topic. So, I thought it useful to work on some graphic articles to provide readers the basic infos on the situations on which the ICC is working.
So let me tell you who’s Geert Wilders and why he’s the protagonist of my bi-weekly cartoon for “Quasi-Serious” at 31mag.nl.
Geert Wilders is the leader of the PVV, the Partij voor de Vrijheid, that is, Party for Freedom, a right-wing Dutch political party. As many other xenophobic parties, the PVV is gaining a large consensus, profiting from the EU’s difficulties in coping with the migrants fluxes. It is also, as many other xenophobic parties, spreading around overly conservative, extremist and anti-democratic ideas (and I’m being really polite here). So much for a party for freedom, mh?
Click on the image to see other cartoons from my bi-weekly column!
While at the ICC the trial against William Ruto and Joshua arap Sang was seeing its first session of the year, I took my time to walk around the new building the ICC moved in. Here are some insights on how it looks like! This drawings have been published on justicehub.org as well, together with an article written by the English journalist Janet Anderson. … A day at the new ICC headquarters