Saturday, November 19

ICC International or African Criminal Court?

Situation in the Central African Republic

Jean-Pierre Bemba GomboICC-01/05 -01/08 Case The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

Situation in Uganda

Joseph Kony, Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen ICC-02/04-01/05 Case The Prosecutor v. Joseph Kony, Vincent Otti, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen

Situation in Darfur, Sudan

Ahmad Muhammad Harun Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-RahmanICC-02/05-01/07 Case The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Muhammad Harun ("Ahmad Harun") and Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman ("Ali Kushayb")

©UN Photo / Stuart PriceICC-02/05-01/09 The Prosecutor v. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir
ICC-02/05-02/09 The Prosecutor v. Bahar Idriss Abu Garda
ICC-02/05-03/09 The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus
It is amazing that the few cases of the International Criminal Justice are against African men. These are the cases of those who are being prosecuted by ICC in Congo, Uganda and Darfur: Situation in Democratic Republic of the Congo:

Case The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo;
Case The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga and
Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui; Decision on the Joinder of the Cases against Germain KATANGA and Mathieu NGUDJOLO CHUI;
Case The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda;
Case The Prosecutor v. Callixte Mbarushimana

Now the ICC is craving to have Qaddafi's son Seif al-Islam, that was arrested today, under trial which would explain the proposal of a growth of €14.12 million on the approved Budget for 2011 setting out a request of €117.73 million. One of the reasons

"In particular, additional resources are essential to conduct an effective investigation into crimes committed in Libya and to fund a significant increase in judicial activities (including legal aid). In fact, as set out in section 3 below, the Team is concerned that the Court continues to underfund its activities in a number of areas." (emphasis added)

US is still an observer which reinforces a participation that promotes their interests with the convenience of being above the law since U.S. didn't even sign the Rome statute.
It would be realistic to change from International Criminal Court to African Criminal Court.

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