Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has weighed in on the ongoing debate about the relevance of the the International Criminal Court (ICC), after damaging withdrawals from the institution by three African countries. Annan said Africa needs the Court more than ever “because the most heinous crimes must not go unpunished”. Annan has previously argued that the ICC does not target Africa, and victims of heinous crimes, and others who cannot get justice in their domestic courts should have a provision to seek justice abroad.
You can strike Botswana off the list of countries likely to join South Africa and Burundi in quitting the international Criminal Court (ICC). Botswana today issued a statement reiterating its support for the ICC saying the Court fights for the victims of the most severe crimes. The statement stresses that Botswana sees the ICC as a force for good in the world.
US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and #ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda have a difficult few weeks ahead. Hillary has to beat a man who says he won’t accept defeat while Bensouda has to convince several African presidents that the ICC is not racially profiling them. Can Hillary and Bensouda succeed or will the “difficult men” have their way in the end?
Following the resumption of violence in South Sudan that has reportedly already claimed at least 300 lives, many are calling for a permanent solution to the troubles in Africa’s newest state. Some say this necessarily involves making an example of the country’s two top leaders, President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar, by trying them at the ICC. Is this how South Sudan will find peace or does the mantra “African solutions for African problems” compel us to look for answers closer to home?
Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general has rejected accusations that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is biased, and targets Africans. Anna said: African leaders “shouldn’t pretend that they were the first” charged at The Hague. Annan’s comments have divided opinion on social media. We ask, is the ICC biased and does the Court target Africans?
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has made a formal request to members of the country’s legislature to approve laws to pull Kenya out of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The request has divided opinion, prompting the question: Should African countries quit the ICC or rather lobby for the reformation of the court?
On 4 April, the International Criminal Court (ICC) suffered the most significant setback in its nearly 14 years of existence. In a majority decision, judges terminated the case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto and Nairobi radio executive Joshua arap Sang.
South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma says the country is considering pulling out of the International Criminal Court, saying it’s now “impossible” for the country to continue its participation in the Rome Statute. The statement was made at the recently ended African Union summit.
Evidence that was to be used against the Kenyan President in his ICC case has been released