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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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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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B.A. Wabala

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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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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Hissène Habré guilty: "Justice guarantees human dignity and liberty"

Souleymane Guengueng
Monday, May 30, 2016 - 14:38

Today Chad’s former dictator Hissène Habré heard the verdict that he was found guilty of crimes against humanity, murder and torture after a five-month trial that took place in Senegal’s capital Dakar. A victim's testimony.

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"I don’t think Africa is ready to leave the ICC", says Ivorian liberal politician

Mohamed Sylla is a special advisor, responsible for legal and electoral issues, for LIDER (Liberty and Democracy for the Republic)
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:41

Should the AU withdraw from the ICC? Will the trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo lead to reconciliation in Ivory Coast? Just some of the questions that Justice Hub posed to a leading member of LIDER, a liberal Ivorian political party.

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The Gbagbo case. When international justice becomes arbitrary http://www.resetdoc.org/story/00000022641

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 13:03
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ASP President on tour

Sidiki Kaba, the president of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP)
Monday, August 17, 2015 - 13:54

The president of the Assembly of States Parties, Senegalese Minister Sidiki Kaba, spent last week jetting around the African continent. After being elected last December to head the ASP, Kaba has been very vocal on issues relating to the International Criminal Court.

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A victim of the Ivorian crisis recounts his story - Part 1

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 16:30

In the run-up to the ICC trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and youth leader Charles Blé Goudé, Justice Hub's sister site, Ivoire Justice, commissioned two comic strips to illustrate the stories of two Ivorians who suffered during the post-election crisis in 2010-2011.

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The ICC and Africa (Part 2)

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 10:01

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has an ‘Africa problem’. The Court is widely perceived as a Western, neo-colonial institution that unfairly targets African states. The ICC and its champions insist this isn’t the case. The Court is simply misunderstood and is, in fact, a court for not against Africa.

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Q & A: The Habré trial

Habré trial is about to begin in Dakar
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 14:50

On Monday, the trial will begin of former Chadian president Hissein Habré in Dakar, Senegal, at the Extraordinary African Chambers.

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Bashir and the ICC, a harmless puppy

Omar el-Bashir returning home after a lightening visit to South Africa
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 16:35

The ICC is like a harmless puppy without state cooperation. That’s probably what Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir thought when he decided to visit South Africa. He left the country while a Pretoria court was about to issue an arrest warrant.

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