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ICC set to issue major ruling in legal and political dispute with South Africa

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:05

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) rule on Thursday whether South Africa had the obligation to arrest the president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, during an official visit. What are the legal and political issues at stake?

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ICJ Media Review: Ntaganda testifies at The Hague

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 00:00

In this week's review, news about Ntaganda’s testimony, Bemba’s leave to appeal on reparation experts, the beginning of the Stanisic and Simatovic retrial, the ICC Prosecutor on Darfur and more

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David beats Goliath in the Bashir case, but will the international community care?

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 14:40

The campaign against Omar al-Bashir racked up an impressive win this week. In the latest development in an ongoing legal tug-of-war, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the government of South Africa had acted unlawfully when it refused to detain and surrender Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) during a visit to the country last June.

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Perhaps the ICC should reflect a little deeper on the criticism it receives regarding its almost sole attention on crimes committed in Africa. Global apathy, or "hibernation", might have risen due to the frustration some States and international human rights advocates feel towards the ICC's apathy towards "alleged" crimes (documented evidence present) committed by Israel (Gaza flotilla raid, to say the least, and Netanyahu's coalition partners calling for ethnic cleansing and genocide in 2014). There is deep resentment towards the ICC not initiating an investigation towards the "alleged" war crimes committed by Tony Blair in the Iraq war.

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced yesterday that Daesh (so-called ISIS), is perpetrating genocide in Syria, and there is a possibility that the Security Council refers the situation to the ICC (ICC has jurisdiction on nationals of State Parties which many of the alleged perpetrators are from, but ICC Prosecutor has said that responsibility first rests with national authorities for investigation and prosecution, under the Rome Statute. Another possibility is if Syria ratifies the treaty or accepts jurisdiction of the court through a declaration - two highly unlikely events).

Chief Prosecutor's response to the situation in Syria is sobering and important. Yet any whisper of US soldiers perpetrating crimes in Afghanistan (State Party to the ICC) was immediately hushed when the ICC Prosecutor sent a letter to US officials in 2013, stating that U.S. personnel had abused more than two dozen detainees held in that country, mostly between 2003 and 2006 (we now have evidence that the numbers are far higher and involving children, women and elderly as well). Torture falls under crimes against humanity in the ICC's statute Article 7.1.f. There is countless evidence of torture and more abuses due to the US policy on detainees: government documents, ex US military interviews, released detainees' evidence of torture (videos, pictures, interviews), former chief prosecutor of Guantanamo, Morris Davis' resignation based on the torture and law-free zone of US policy on detainees, etc. Human rights groups such as HRW and Amnesty International have called for the accountability of the detainee abusers in the "war on terror". The US prisons in Bagram and Kandahar (both in Afghanistan) are notorious with documented evidence of detainee abuse; yet the US officials remain uninvestigated, unprosecuted, or unpunished. Moreover, to add salt on the wound, the ICC prosecutor wrote in her November 2013 report that her office continues to pursue "information to determine whether there is any reasonable basis to believe any such alleged acts, which could amount to torture or humiliating and degrading treatment, may have been committed as part of a policy."

This week's "landmark ruling" by the Supreme Court of Africa, parallel with the community of actors' general apathy, deserves a stronger reflection and consideration on why, perhaps, the international community has become disenchanted by the international criminal court which promised the end of impunity and deliver justice to the victims of international crimes, regardless of the political power of perpetrators.

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 11:27
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Why is the Darfur situation at the ICC?

Why is the Darfur situation at the ICC?
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 13:55

Darfur is a region in western Sudan. Roughly the size of Spain, In 2003, two rebel groups - the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) - began attacking the government of Sudan which is oppressing Darfur’s non-Arab population.

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What can we do to draw the attention of the world to these turrabl crimes which is still going on in Darfur,forenstance, Nitirtity crime by Omer AL Bashier solgers on 1st Jan, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 16:35
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On Darfur, the ICC prosecutor lays it down

Courtside Justice with Mark Kersten
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 09:16

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has always had something of a phobia of politics. The Court has a deep-seated fear of appearing to be political. The Rome Statute and only the Rome Statute, its prosecutors insist, informs its decision-making. Politics simply cannot and does not affect or impinge on any decisions the Court makes.

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Abdalla Ishag H...

Arrest criminals process necessary response moral consideration victims in darfur they are wetting along time in international criminal court (icc )

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 23:01
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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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The highlights of 2014: al-Bashir

Omar al-Bashir speaking at a press conference in Khartoum
Friday, January 2, 2015 - 10:58

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir will not be put on trial at the International Criminal Court.

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Wanted at the ICC, Bashir seeks re-election

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir seeks re-election in 2015Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:25

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will stand for re-election in 2015, despite being wanted by the International Criminal Court.

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Sudan's Al-Bashir still traveling despite the ICC

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Friday, October 3, 2014 - 09:03

Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir has been welcomed in Saudi Arabia. He is under an arrest warrant from the ICC - now five years old - on charges including genocide. But that hasn't stopped him from paying regular visits abroad.

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