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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Statement on the Mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo “‹

  For a number of weeks now, I have been deeply concerned by the critical situation and recent incidents of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC“), particularly the events and certain alleged acts that took place in Kinshasa in September 2016, which could constitute crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“Court“ or “ICC“). Further to my public statement of 23 September 2016 on the recent violence in Kinshasa, I have deployed a delegation…

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Rwanda Introduces Drones for Medical Supplies in the Countryside

While many countries are busy using drones to fight opponents, including terrorists, Rwanda has gone further by rather effectively using drones to send much needed medical supplies to the countryside. The introduction of remotely piloted aircraft to deliver medical supplies to remote districts does not only ensure efficiency and timeliness, it equally saves many lives and increases productivity. The drone, which will be officially launched today in Rwanda, will fly food to Muhanga, located in the southern district of…

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Nigeria`s President Buhari: My Wife Belongs in Kitchen and Room

      On his visit to Germany, Nigeria`s President Muhammadu Buhari triggered a hot debate with his controversial remark that his wife belongs in his kitchen and room. While responding to a rare criticism from his wife Aisha Buhari, who said she might not support her husband at the next election unless he took control of his government, President Buhari said: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my…

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The Power of the Powerless Fans: Chris Brown Smashes Fan`s Phone in Kenya

To many, being a celebrity is not only synonymous with being above the law, celebrities are just independent of their fans because the fans are, to a large extent, not responsible for their success, many believe. Sadly, more often than not, many celebrities either through their actions or words tend to reaffirm these watery and indeed myopic misconceptions. But the reality is that fans are the backbone of every luminary; they make celebrities what they are, as well as…

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Zimbabwe Police Acquire U.S.$1 Million Vehicles: A Misplaced Priority?

 Ask some individuals of recent what they think about the situation in Zimbabwe, some tell you that the government is just like a busy man trying to pursue a rat in the house while the rest of the house is being burnt down. Is this really a true picture of the Zimbabwean situation? Well, looking at what is happening in the beautiful country of recent, one might not be entirely wrong to believe so. Recently, while many hardworking and…

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Gabonese Republic Refers Case to the International Criminal Court

Many have argued that there might perhaps be some elements of truth in the long-held perception that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is witch-hunting or selectively prosecuting only Africans and those from the third world. However, it is equally crucial to understand the modus operandi of the court. In many cases, the ICC starts an investigation / prosecution only after it has been invited by the affected country, which in most cases, must be a member of the ICC….

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The Democratic Republic of Congo: The Choice Between legacy and Annihilation

When Abraham Lincoln made the statement “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth“ to honour the soldiers that sacrificed their lives for their country, he effectively set a precedent for the democratic standard and the good governance around the world. However, one would be excused to ask where exactly the Democratic Republic of Congo belongs in relation to the statement. Not that the Democratic Republic of Congo is too…

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ICC Trial Chamber Refers non-Cooperation of the Kenyan Government to the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute

Press Release: 19.09.2016 Situation: Republic of Kenya Case: The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta   Today, 19 September 2016, Trial Chamber V(B) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a decision finding that the Republic of Kenya had failed to comply with its obligations to cooperate with the ICC and referred the matter to the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute (ASP) which, according to the Trial Chamber, “would be best placed to address the lack of…

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USENI COMMUNICATES WITH GOD (Part 2)

Interpretation of a (religious) text is very difficult. One thing for sure, like every text, religious text does not have a single interpretation. For example, what does a (religious) message like “You must not kill“ mean? Does “killing“ here mean just taking one`s life with gun, knife or sword; or does it include blackmailing or saying false and negative things behind / about one, hence destroying one`s character? Worse still, with a lot of fastidious ““ and often fake…

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Useni Communicates With God (Part 1)

Interpretation of a (religious) text is very difficult. One thing for sure, like every text, religious text does not have a single interpretation. For example, what does a (religious) message like “You must not kill” mean? Does “killing” here mean just taking one’s life with gun, knife or sword; or does it include blackmailing or saying false and negative things behind / about one, hence destroying one’s character? Worse still, with a lot of fastidious – and often fake…

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Gbagbo and Blé Goudé Case : Audio-visual programme, 31 August ““ 8 September 2016

Situation: Côte d`Ivoire Case: The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé The trial in the case of The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé before the International Criminal Court (ICC) continued from 31 August to 8 September with the testimony of the fourteenth Prosecution witness, Mr Obeniere Marthelemy Ouattara. Background: Laurent Gbagbo, former President of Côte d’Ivoire, was surrendered to the ICC on 30 November 2011 and he first appeared before the Pre-Trial Chamber on…

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ICC: Bensouda Publishes Comprehensive Policy Paper on Case Selection and Prioritisation

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC“ or the “Court“), Fatou Bensouda, today, published a detailed policy document which provides guidance on how the Office of the Prosecutor exercises its discretion in the selection and prioritisation of cases. This paper complements the earlier policy document of the Office on Preliminary Examinations, which details the process for the opening of investigations into situations as a whole. The Case Selection and Prioritisation Policy Paper was developed on the basis of…

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