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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.