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Sudan to Handover ex-President Omar al-Bashir to ICC

Sudan’s rulers agree to hand over ex-President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges

Sudan transitional government has announced it will hand over Omar al-Bashir to face the ICC.

BY TESFANEWS *

A top Sudanese transitional government official has announced on Tuesday that they have agreed with rebel groups to hand over ex-President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court.

Al-Bashir, who was overthrown by the military last year amid a public uprising, is wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide related to the Darfur conflict. Continue reading Sudan to Handover ex-President Omar al-Bashir to ICC

Criminals on the International Criminal Court

 

In 2017, African leaders passed a nonbinding resolution against the International Criminal Court for its bias on Africa. What should African states make of John Bolton’s blistering attack on the ICC?

BY THOMAS C MOUNTAIN

When US National Security Advisor John “The Walrus” Bolton threatened the International Criminal Court with US Sanctions, many of us here in Africa cheered, long having given up hope that the ICC would ever be held to even the slightest account, least of all for its crimes against our continent. Continue reading Criminals on the International Criminal Court

Russia Quits International Criminal Court (ICC)

Tribunal has not lived up to hopes of international community, Moscow says, day after ICC report on Crimea annexation.

Russia says it will withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) under a directive signed by President Vladimir Putin.

By TesfaNews,

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which prosecutes war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

The President instructed Russia’s foreign ministry to notify the United Nations of the country’s refusal to be subject to the body’s activity on Wednesday, following the same move by Gambia, South Africa and Burundi.

The statement claimed that “the International Criminal Court has not justified hopes placed upon it and did not become a truly independent and authoritative judicial body,” a statement published on Russia’s Foreign Ministry’s website said. Continue reading Russia Quits International Criminal Court (ICC)

South Africa and Burundi to Withdraw from ICC

Who will be next to withdraw from the ICC? Other nations are stepping up the rhetoric against the court which they say is biased against African states.

By TesfaNews,

Just over two weeks after Burundi confirmed its intentions to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), South Africa has formally notified the United Nations (UN) secretary general, Ban Ki-moon about its desire to quit the world body. Continue reading South Africa and Burundi to Withdraw from ICC

Human Rights as a Political Tool: Eritrea and the ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ Narrative

Investigate not Prosecute. The COIE from the very onset framed its role not as an investigator, a role which requires some objectivity and impartiality as indicated in the mandate, but as a prosecutor, with sole purpose of gathering an entirely one-sided evidence to incriminate the Government of Eritrea. Therefore, its destructive recommendations to refer Eritrea to the ICC was a forgone conclusion.

By Tanja R. Müller,

For those who follow the politics of Eritrea and the Horn of Africa, the verdict of the second report by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COIE), that Eritrea has indeed committed crimes against humanity in a widespread and systematic way, was a foregone conclusion.

The COIE, established by the Human Rights Council (HRC) in June 2014, presented its first Report in June 2015 and received a revised HRC mandate until June 2016 in order to further investigate violations of human rights in Eritrea, including where these violations may amount to crimes against humanity. Continue reading Human Rights as a Political Tool: Eritrea and the ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ Narrative

Eritrea and the Commission of Inquiry: What Happens Next?

The Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea has recommended to the Human Rights Council that Eritrea be referred to the International Criminal Court ICC. But, here is why that is unlikely to happen.

By Bronwyn Bruton,

As expected, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea (the COIE) has recommended to the Human Rights Council that Eritrea be referred to the International Criminal Court and that the human rights situation in Eritrea constitutes a “threat to international peace and security”.

The COIE is a panel of three independent human rights investigators who are not employed by the United Nations, do not represent the views of the United Nations, and whose recommendations carry no legal weight. It should be noted that the COIE’s suggestion that Eritrea constitutes a threat to international peace and security is probably also outside of the COIE’s mandate and within the mandate of the UN Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG), which in its own reporting in recent years conflicts with the COIE’s findings. Continue reading Eritrea and the Commission of Inquiry: What Happens Next?