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Time for Africa’s voice to be heard in international arbitration

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 11:40

It’s time for a shake up in international arbitration. For too long, Africa and other regions of the world have punched below their weight on matters of continental and international arbitration. People like Senegalese Professor Makane Moïse Mbengue of the University of Geneva think it’s time things changed.

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Tunisia’s declaration for direct access to the African Court is an important step for dual African Union and Arab League nations

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 09:04

Tunisia’s declaration marks an important step forward for a group of states which, although benefiting from membership of both the African Union and Arab League, have provided very limited access for individuals and NGOs to either the African human rights system or Arab human rights system. Even with their dual status as members of both the union and league, the benefits of membership of both human rights systems for Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, the Union of the Comoros and Djibouti have been left largely unavailable and unrealised.

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Habré's victims worry that they won't see a penny of the reparations funds

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 04:46

After the long battle to bring former Chadian strongman Hissène Habré to justice, Clément Abaifouta, the head of the Chadian victims’ association is worried that reparations “funds will never reach the pockets of those for whom they are intended”. He argues that is bad news for more than just the victims of the excesses of the Habré regime.

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WEEK 18 2017 ICL MEDIA REVIEW

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 23:00

In this week's review, news about Cambodia Tribunal Case 002/02 closing statements, a war crimes appeal in Serbia, the upcoming start to the IIIM Syria crimes investigation, the French court’s rejection of Serbia’s Haradinaj extradition request, Uganda and the African Court, and more.

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WEEK 15 2017 ICL MEDIA REVIEW

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 00:00

In this week's review, news about Gotovina charges, timing for ICC Contempt appeal, African Court direct access, South Sudan genocide claims, and more

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Non-compliance: Why South Africa’s penance should be brief and painless

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 17:19

Last week at The Hague, South Africa finally got a chance to explain its failure to arrest wanted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir back in 2015. The timing could have been better. A combination of unexpected political and economic developments conspired to present South Africa before the International Criminal Court (ICC) when the “Rainbow nation” wasn’t feeling particularly good about itself.

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On South Africa’s big day at The Hague: Time for the ICC to try a little tenderness

Presidents Sudan and South Africa meeting
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 14:27

Burundi is now the only African country still making a beeline for the ICC exit door. In reverse order of how they notified the UN Secretary-General of their desire to leave The Hague Court, Gambia and South Africa have returned to the fold. The good news is an opportunity exists for the ICC to smooth things out with South Africa.

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AU strategy for collective withdrawal from the ICC a non-starter

African Union Conference
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 16:26

As part of the continuing debate on Africa and the ICC and the potential for cooperation of withdrawal, we republish here a piece by three heads of African offices for the International Center for Transitional Justice.

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New African Union strategy on ICC plays politics with justice

African Union
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 09:50

For the past eight years, we have been bracing for the first possible withdrawals by African states from the International Criminal Court. They began late last year, when three African State Parties decided to submit notices of withdrawal to the UN treaty office. Human rights organizations and victims’ rights groups advocated that this move would betray victims’ rights to justice, and that the court needs to be strengthened, not abandoned.

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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 05:15
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Five Thoughts on South Africa, Burundi, and ICC Withdrawals

President Omar al-Bashir and President Jacob Zuma
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 15:45

Contrary to the suggestion of some, the dust on South Africa’s and Burundi’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) has not settled. It won't for some time. These two withdrawals have sparked an intense debate on the future of the ICC. Many observers have already provided cogent commentary since South Africa deposited its notice of withdrawal to the United Nations Secretary General. In this post, I want to offer and add a few thoughts on what South Africa’s and Burundi’s decisions mean.

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While it's right for Africa to push for reform in the World's Court tht seems to be stuck in the post world war 2 , it's important also to view the consequences of the withdrawal to the African people, whose rights have been violated and yet to be gravely violated. It's undoubtedly true that Both the ICC prosecution's office as well as The Security Council are biased, precisely failing to act on Syria situation. It's clear to everyone that there are bullies. The untouchable... but then let us evaluate the situation here at home. There are serious problems. We cannot deny that and the existence of a problem elsewhere doesn't mean we have none here at home. The reasons that made African countries sign for the Rome Statute haven't changed. It's only that African leaders want to prepare a platform to perpetrate illegality with impunity. After all that's what is reigning supreme in Africa. Sudan, Ivory Cost, South Sudan you name it... For the sake of the victims. And from there perspective eyes... let's not move out.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:21
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Lury Nkouessom

I am not a fan of the ICC and international justice in general. The double standard is so obvious in those. The concept of international justice in itself is laudavke but in practuce it's selectiveness defeats its promise. Powrful countries such as the US and India are not members of the ICC, yet we have seen the US calling on people to be prosecuted by the Court. The court has been unable to bring western countries to book for their international crimes. That is in and of itself a stain on its legacy thus far. Some people argue that the ICC does not specifically target African countries but instead those African countries are the ones inviting the court's investigatikn and prosecution. While this is true in principle, in practice though, those african countries inviting the court do so more often to gain political clout over their opponents. It is the justice of the victors. This us what happened in the Ivory Coast for example. None of president Ouattara political allies were targetted by the ICC although clearly atrocities were committed on both sides. African countries who remain in the ICC only do so because eventually they will need the ICC as a political tool to pressure and witch-hunt their political opponents. I think it is about time all African countries withdraw from that court until some serious reforms are carried out.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 10:19
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