David Miliband Says We’re Living in an “Age of Impunity”

David Miliband, the president of the International Rescue Committee, wants to hold governments accountable for crimes against humanity.

David Miliband Says We’re Living in an “Age of Impunity”

David Wright Miliband is chief executive of the International Rescue Committee and public policy analyst. A former British Labour Party policymaker, who was the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2007 to 2010 and the Member of Parliament for South Shields from 2001 to 2013, he and his brother, Ed Miliband, were the first siblings to sit in the Cabinet simultaneously since Edward, Lord Stanley, and Oliver Stanley in 1938.

He started his career at the Institute for Public Policy Research. At age 29 he became Tony Blair's Head of Policy while the Labour Party was in resistance, and he was a contributor to Labour's platform for the 1997 election, which carried the party to power. Blair consequently made him head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit from 1997 to 2001, at which point Miliband was elected to Parliament for the seat of South Shields. Miliband spent the next few years in various junior ministerial posts, including at the Department for Education and Skills, before joining the Cabinet in 2006 as Environment Secretary. His duration in this post saw climate change united as a priority for policymakers. On the succession of Gordon Brown as Prime Minister in 2007, Miliband was promoted to become Foreign Secretary.

“So, I run an international humanitarian aid agency, and we work in war zones with refugees, with displaced people around the world. And what we see is what I call an age of impunity. It's a core responsibility of all of us as citizens of countries which should be and are democratic, where there is a voice where we can exercise our opinion that we influence our political leaders to say that it does matter, because if laws are considered to be for suckers internationally, then it's a short route to say that domestic laws are for suckers too. And that's a very dangerous road to go down.” For David Miliband those who commit human rights violations must be held accountable.


06/01/2019 6:02 PM


  • Funbook -.
    01/02/2022 18:50

    Rescue is a good organization to save the world, except a puzzling fact that its CEO is making a non-sense Salary close to 1M annual compensation. This could stalls people from donations. Could you please help people understand this iniquity that can't be justifiable by any standard? "David Miliband, President, CEO $967,236 (0.12% of Total Expenses) "

  • Lakew B.
    07/01/2019 00:48

    Yes! Government should be held accountable for crimes committed against their own people !!!

  • Rick R.
    06/26/2019 15:45

    A very sad narrative. Money rules.

  • Jorge R.
    06/26/2019 15:14

    That's the reality of fact with this trump Republican GOP fascist regime evil policy against humanity.

  • Fredd B.
    06/26/2019 00:20

    And who is going to enforce your views not only with $$$$ but with the lives of their children We tried to bring peace to Somalia do you remember what happened if not watch the movie Black Hawk Down People have to take responsibility for what happens in their countries 1st A teacher once told us " every country (people) deserves its government

  • Billy D.
    06/21/2019 15:00

    Crocodile tears! Abortions kill more innocent, helpless humans than all your wars!!

  • Taunia R.
    06/20/2019 01:35

    where do I sign?

  • Anthony S.
    06/17/2019 21:49

    He can start with the UN

  • David W.
    06/12/2019 02:23

    Nice concept Hard to convince people with no concience.

  • Alice L.
    06/05/2019 23:54

    thank you, sir

  • Brut
    06/03/2019 16:13

    Here's a look at the United States' role in Yemen's civil war:

  • Maher M.
    06/02/2019 13:58


  • Thomas D.
    06/02/2019 13:15

    The precedents for these attitudes toward international human rights laws were set in the first part of the last century where abuses by the winners of those wars have gone unpunished and history has been rewritten to create the illusion that the losers of those wars had no rational reasons for their part in them.

  • Patrick M.
    06/02/2019 09:37

    Good luck, unfortunately we all know how this goes, never forget Assange. I hope you actually do something. Doubt it.

  • Nigel H.
    06/01/2019 18:35

    Don't be tempted to return to politics. You are doing great work!

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