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Statement of the International Criminal Court on recent measures announced by the US

The International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) expresses profound regret at the announcement of further threats and coercive actions, including financial measures, against the Court and its officials, made earlier today by the Government of the United States. The ICC stands firmly by its staff and officials and remains unwavering in its commitment to discharging, independently and impartially, the mandate bestowed upon it by the Rome Statute and the States that are party to it.  These are the latest in a series…

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ICC: Initial Appearance of Ali Kushayb scheduled for 15 June 2020

The initial appearance of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd–Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) is scheduled for Monday 15 June 2020, at 11:00 (The Hague local time) in Courtroom III of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) before the single judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. Mr Ali Kushayb was transferred to the ICC’s custody on 9 June 2020, after surrendering himself voluntarily in the Central African Republic, for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur (Sudan). During the initial appearance…

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Burundi: President Pierre Nkurunziza dies of ‘cardiac arrest.’

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, has died of  “cardiac arrest,” according to the government source. He was 55 years old. Mr Nkurunziza who had been in power since 15 years was admitted in the hospital on Saturday after feeling unwell. His condition was said to have improved, but before his release, he had a cardiac arrest on Monday, and all efforts by the medical team to save his life proved abortive, the government says. President Pierre Nkurunziza was due to…

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ICC: Statement of the Prosecutor on the surrender and transfer of alleged militia leader, Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, alias Ali Kushayb

Today, a milestone has been reached in the Darfur, Sudan situation with the surrender and transfer of Mr Ali Kushayb, an alleged leader of the “Janjaweed” militia, to the custody of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”).  I am grateful for the cooperation of all those states, organisations and individuals who contributed to this pivotal development, in particular, the Governments of the Central African Republic, the Republic of Chad, the French Republic and the Host State, The…

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Coronavirus Pandemic: One Man’s Meat is Another Man’s poison

Have you ever pondered over the adage one man’s meat is another man’s poison? If you did, how relevant is the proverb to the present coronavirus state of affairs? Like a hurricane,  the pugnacious pandemic descended, tormenting the world community with impunity. Deaths, sickness, alienation, uncertainties, poverty, joblessness, hopelessness become synonymous with the virus; and those social threats would soon metamorphose into a norm. But not everyone sees the pandemic as an existential threat. For some a few individuals,…

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ICC Appeals Chamber amends the conditions of release of Gbagbo and Blé Goudé

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) has on 28 May 2020, decided to dismiss the request of the Defence for Mr Gbagbo for reconsideration of its judgment granting him and Mr Blé Goudé conditional release. The Appeals Chamber, however, decided to review the conditions of release. This decision does not concern the appeal against the decision acquitting Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé. The Appeals Chamber noted that the Defence of Mr Gbagbo did…

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Dry skin: Causes And Ways to Prevent it

For some individuals, having smooth skin is one of the criteria used to differentiate those who are deemed beautiful from others who are not. Generally, human beings try to make their skin glowing to ensure their splendour is not fading away. Odds are against women because, in our various cultures, women’s skin plays a significant part in appreciation of their beauty. A lady whose skin is extremely smooth is likely to attract members of the opposite gender in comparison…

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The Coronavirus Pandemic, WHO and USA: Give a Dog a Bad Name and Kill it

If there is something very interesting about the audacious presence of the Coronavirus and the global war against the pandemic, it is the fact that the virus has mercilessly and disrespectfully exposed the weaknesses and self-centeredness of many world leaders and how far these seemingly invincible leaders can go to safeguard their political ambition and survival. From denying the existence of the COVID-19, calling it just the common flu, the Wuhan virus, tactically mandating subordinates to coordinate the Corona-related…

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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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