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ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II rejects Mr Bemba’s claim for compensation and damages

Today, 18 May 2020, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) issued its decision on ‘Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba’s claim for compensation and damages’. Mr Bemba was arrested in May 2008 following an ICC arrest warrant and was acquitted by the ICC Appeals Chamber on 8 June 2018. The Chamber noted that Mr Bemba’s claim had two components to it: a request for compensation under article 85(3) of the Rome Statute, and a request for damages…

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The Coronavirus god and its Laws

Asked their subjects, most would tell you the gods can be invisible, yet omnipresent. One feels their presence and anger – especially, whenever one disobeys the gods’ laws or the duties the deities expect from mankind. According to various definitions, the law is more or less, the system of rules created or set aside by a country, community, which regulates the actions of its members, and can be enforced through the imposition of penalties. From the religious point of…

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The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Unreliability and Unpredictability of life

Life is the best teacher for those who wish to learn. Every day of our life is pregnant, waiting to give birth to our expectations, wishes, surprises… Or stillborn. Life is wrapped in the bud of knowns and unknowns and each day comes with a bunch of experiences. So is the Coronavirus crisis. As we mourn the innocent victims who have succumbed to the cold hands of the deadly Coronavirus, we watch in awe how our once meticulously organised…

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Côte d’Ivoire and the Soro Saga: Ignoring History and the Consequences.

The world-acclaimed Nigerian prolific author Chinua Achebe wrote in his memoir There was a country that “a man who does not know where the rain began to beat him cannot say where he dried his body.” This simple, yet powerful proverb carefully summarizes the problem facing many African countries, in particular, Côte d’Ivoire (also called Ivory Coast), as the country’s court on Tuesday sentenced exiled former prime minister Guillaume Soro to 20 years in jail on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. Interestingly, the 47-…

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The Coronavirus Blues

Interestingly, the coronavirus pandemic is full of irony. On the one hand, the easiest way to be infected with the virus is through closeness with an infected person; that includes physical contact with the infected persons and surfaces. Yet the lockdown which forces one to stay home – and to be close to the family members – helps to curtail the spread of the infectious virus. If there is something positive about the coronavirus lockdown, it is the fact…

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown or Lock-up?

You could say that the coronavirus pandemic came unannounced. Followed by preventive measures to tame the seemingly indomitable aggressive deadly virus. First, came the lockdown, initiated by various governments around the world. It was meant to last for a period of two weeks or a little more. Fair enough, to most citizens, the duration was manageable a sacrifice to make to enable their leaders to bring the spread of the volatile viral virus to a halt. Soon, that period…

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The Other Side of the Coronavirus Pandemic

It came like a flash of angry light and brimstone, followed by an audacious thunderous tempest. Bold and seemingly uncontrollable, leaving both the ill-prepared captain and crew members in a higgledy-piggledy state, struggling – somehow clueless – to damper the stubborn tidal tempest. Lockdown and quarantine seem the most suitable precaution for the surprised, vulnerable passengers against being snatched away by the angry tempest or from the jabbing jaw of the hungry shark. Welcome the unwelcome, unbidden coronavirus. It…

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RESPONSE BY SUDAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT TO UN SECRETARY GENERAL AND UNAMID ON COVID-19 CRISIS AND SECURITY CONDITIONS IN DARFUR

The leadership of the mainstream Sudan Liberation Movement and Sudan Liberation Army (SLM/A-AW) welcomes the global call by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a cessation of all armed conflict across the planet in order to bring about more effective collective countermeasures and rational cooperation between state and non-state actors to defeat the lethal scourge of the Corona Virus pestilence ravaging all of humanity. In his humanist sentiments for the common good, we cannot fault the Secretary-General. There is nonetheless…

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Coronavirus: The deadly pandemic holding the world hostage

The name coronavirus originated from the Latin word corona, meaning crown or halo. The new virus has wreaked havoc and caused fear in the entire globe sweeping both poor and rich countries, irrespective of race, gender, religion, social status or geographical location. What is coronavirus? The World Health Organization (WHO) defines coronavirus as a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle…

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ICC: Statement concerning recent threats made against staff and their families

The International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) has taken note of recent statements alluding to possible sanctions against Court officials and staff and their families. The Court stands firmly by all its officials and staff, who perform, with integrity and dedication, essential duties for the ICC’s mandate on behalf of its 123 States Parties, which hail from all regions of the world. As an independent and impartial judicial institution, the ICC and its organs act strictly within the mandate bestowed upon them…

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Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi: ICC Appeals Chamber confirms case’s admissibility

Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, the presiding judge on the appeal regarding the admissibility of the case against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, on 9 March 2020 at the International Criminal Court in The Hague (Netherlands) © ICC-CPI Today, 9 March 2020, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) unanimously confirmed the admissibility of the case against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi before the Court and rejected his appeal against the Pre-Trial Chamber I’s decision dismissing his challenge to the admissibility…

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Watford halt Liverpool’s unbeaten league run

Liverpool’s attempt to end the season without losing a match was dealt a devastating blow on Saturday after a 3-0 defeat by Watford. After going 27 league matches undefeated – 26 wins and just one draw – the reigning European Champions could not fulfil their dream of setting the new record for most consecutive premier league wins. Sadly Liverpool were just one match shy of setting the record, but Watford, 17th in the Premier league table with just 27…

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