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