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The Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues

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Title

The Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues

Subject

United States -- Dept. of State.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring David Scheffer, former Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-09-08

Contributor

Scheffer, David

Relation

G36-00066
Tape number: 4058A

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

United States.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Prior, Cecily

Interviewee

Scheffer, David

Location

U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.

Transcription

Well, my job is global in character. It can best be described as being the top U.S. official to ride herd, shall we speak, on atrocities as they occur around the world. It is not, strictly speaking, a human rights job; that’s someone else’s job in this department. I deal with the worst of the worst, the mega-crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, and significant war crimes. And my responsibility is not only to address these issues, but to deal with issues of accountability for the commission of these mega-crimes, as well as efforts to try and prevent them in the future and how we can set up mechanisms to try and prevent them. This job was created by Secretary Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in early 1997, confirmed by the Senate, obviously appointed by the president. And it’s part of their commitment to get a better grip on our response to atrocities as they occur in the world. And hopefully, it can serve as a deterrent in the future, knowing that there is a position of this character, that we watching, that we are reacting, that we’re prepared to take steps to address these incidents of such horrific magnitude. It’s a small step, globally; but hopefully it’s one that, over the years, is going to resonate with respect to the importance that other governments also place on this very important aspect overall of human rights enforcement.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:21

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed August 21, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/681.

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