Why is the Ivory Coast situation at the International Criminal Court?

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:44

By Emanuele del Rosso

For the first time in ten years, Ivory Coast organised presidential elections on 31 October 2010. The second round was a tight race between opposition leader Alassane Ouattara and the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo. Ouattara was first declared winner by the Independent Electoral Commission, but the Constitutional Council soon proclaimed Gbagbo president.

The international community considered Ouattara the winner. The UN recognised his victory. Both candidates were sworn in on the same day.  Soon, violence broke out. More than 3,000 people were reportedly killed in clashes opposing Ouattara and Gbagbo supporters. On 11 April 2011, Laurent Gbagbo and his wife were captured. 
 

The referral

In June 2011, ICC judges authorised the Office of the Prosecutor to start an investigation into crimes allegedly committed since 28 November 2010.
 
Warrants of arrest were sealed for:
  • Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of Ivory Coast, accused of four counts of crimes against humanity: murder, rape, other inhumane acts, attempted murder and persecution.
  • Simone Gbagbo, Laurent Gbagbo’s wife, allegedly responsible as indirect co-perpetrator for four counts of crimes against humanity: murder, rape and other sexual violence, persecution and other inhumane acts.
  • Charles Blé Goudé, politician, youth leader, former minister, allegedly responsible as indirect co-perpetrator for four counts of crimes against humanity: murder, rape, other inhumane acts, attempted murder and persecution.
 
Laurent Gbagbo and Blé Goudé are being detained by the Court. The trial against Gbagbo and Blé Goudé started on 28 January 2016.
 
Simone Gbabgo was sentenced to 20 years by an Ivorian court  for crimes against the security of the state. She is still wanted by the ICC. 
 
Why is the Ivory Coast situation at the ICC?
 
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Anonymous
Baba sadeeq

African leathers a very greedy leaders. Imagine gbagbo served for more than ten years and still don't want to leave despite loosing election organized by himself and turned down by his own people.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 12:03
Anonymous
shaban ali

its ssimple,let the issue of africa be left to africans

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 01:12
Anonymous
Moses musa

Is African blood more of value than that of Arabs? Until the stakeholders into the murderous acts in Iraq,Afghanistan,Libya,and now Syria,come up with credible reasons and actual figures of the innocently killed pple,,,,and stop perpetuating seeds of hatred in Africa,,,,your so called statutes may be irrelevant. Does justice and human rights apply only in Africa.By the way,why was Martin Luther,Thomas Sankara,Lumumba,etc killed if JUSTICE & HUMAN RIGHTS carry any purpose and meaning??? Least to say there were no courts of law...Hmmm. Where are those reports???? Dictators..........who is a dictator than the top dignitaries of the Rome statute?? What did Africa do to you guys? Isn't what you plundered out of it enough for you,or it is symptomatic that generations must rule African?? The Horror of slavery and subsequent misery are still fresh....Where is ICC for that?? Why are you proud of formations like USA,EU,NATO,etc and think that AU,EAC,ECOWAS,SADAC,IGGAD can't do anything serious for Africa??? Mickey mouse independence ooohhh noo.. Let's respect each other before we meet our creator. "O_FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY.

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 08:26
Anonymous
Osanuife Collin...

The quest to acquire power by all means have made many Africans to get what they want at the detriment of others. This conundrum was as a result of the differences of motley group of individuals,who were fighting for their personal aggrandizement. Even the law makers do not abide by the law,there is little or no supremacy of the constitution. It's time Africans should come off from such doldrum and design a better environment for political stability. This,and other likely factors,should be corrected to make Africa a peaceful continent

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 08:05
Anonymous
Innocent Muramuzi

What happens to those who have already committed serious crimes against humanity when they are signatories of the Rome Statute but want/ pull out of the treaty? Does the ICC still follow them up or what?

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 20:20
Anonymous
Richard Nyombi ...

It's a very similar case here in Uganda but the only difference is that dictator Museveni using the Uganda Electoral Commission, hijacked the election results of the people''s President KIZZA BESIGYE. But we managed to swear in Dr BESIGYE a day before the looser and the election fraudster dictator Museveni was sworn in at the presence of his fellow famous dictators, our President Besigye got arrested thereafter and he's languishing in Prison right now. So, just wish the International community helps us and recognise Dr Besigye's victory the way they did with the Ivorians.

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 13:16
Anonymous
Derrick

Victor, who is a dictator?? Before they go to disorganise nations... It hurts what you do. Instead of ammunition, why not send in bibles, they work on the inner man but the guns and bombs destroy and yield revenge & rage in hearts.. Finance preachers to fly to Africa than the guns where you even spend more money or it's the money you care about more.? 'foolishly' try it. Tired of innocent bloodshed, blasting up people yet you only want one person (a president you think he's a dictator). Is it world order or world disorder??

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 06:17
Anonymous
Victor Emmanuel

ICC help Uganda,Zimbabwe,Khartoum,Rwanda,DR.Congo,Mali,Senegal,please help these dictators are athreat to international security.They pretend to be fighting terrorism but only supporting them indirectly so that they keep them selves in power

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 22:48
Anonymous
Victor Emmanuel

Let Icc move on to all African dictators,

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 22:40
Anonymous
Robert Fungaroo

Are you saying that Outarra supporters never killed the ones in support of Gbagbo? And as far as your concerned, isn't there an eligible way of having one sworn in as a president of any given country? And when are you going to start chronicling how lives in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan came to be lost in such numbers? Who are the perpetrators and when are going to face the ICC. Libya and Iraq might have had dictators but at no one time did Iraq or Libya lose 300.000 or so of their people because of Saddam or Qaddafi being in power.

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 23:11
Anonymous