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ICC and Al Hassan case: Charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity confirmed and suspect committed to trial

Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC), unanimously, issued a confidential decision on 30 September 2019, confirming the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity brought by the Prosecutor against Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud (« Al Hassan ») and committed him to trial before a Trial Chamber. A redacted version of this decision will be published later. Pre-Trial Chamber I, composed of Judge Péter Kovács, Presiding Judge, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and…

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Searching for the justice: The ICC and war-crime indictment

It is hardly a secret that in many African countries today, the name, ICC (International Criminal Court) is received with some degree of scepticism. One of the reasons for the negative perception amongst Africans is not unconnected with the fact that Africans top the list of individuals indicted by the ICC. The list is endless….Omar al-Bashir, Uhuru Kenyatta, Charles Taylor, Jean-Pierre Bemba, William Ruto, Charles Blé Goudé, Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Laurent Gbagbo, Simone Gbagbo, Joseph Kony, Dominic Ongwen,…

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Registered Vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia: ICC delivers its Judgment on Prosecutor’s appeal

On 2 September 2019 at 10:30 (The Hague local time), the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa presiding, will deliver its judgment on the appeal of the Prosecutor against the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I on the “Application for Judicial Review by the Government of the Union of the Comoros”’ of 15 November 2018. The judgement will be delivered by the Appeals Chamber in open court. Background: On 14 May…

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Untold democracy is taking root in Tunisia

The upcoming presidential vote in Tunisia is set to mark a great milestone in the country’s political history since it gained independence. Following the demise of President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country will head to the ballot earlier than expected as required by the law. The constitution requires presidential polls to be held within 90 days after the death of the incumbent. Before the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Elections boss…

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Africa: When a dog is about to die, it no longer perceives the smell of poop.

There is an adage amongst the Igbo ethnic group of the South East of Nigeria, which says:  Onwu na egbu nwa nkita anaghi ekwe ya nuu isi nsi. Translated: When a dog is about to die, it no longer perceives the smell of shit. Explained further literally, often when caution is disregarded, one is exposed to irrational actions, unguarded statements which could lead to untold danger, destruction or ultimate end. This proverb throws light on one of the causes of human miseries…

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Sports in Africa: Monkey de work baboon de chop

The recent arrest of Aimable Habimana, the vice-president of the Burundian football association, FFB following the missing of players bonus, vividly reminds one of a typical saying in Africa. Have you heard of the African expression  “monkey de work baboon de chop,” which means “while the monkey is working, the baboon is eating?” Well, if the saying is foreign to you, you probably are indeed not conversant with African social, political and economic realities – and the sports domain…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s statement at opening of the confirmation of Charges hearing in the case against Al Hassan

ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, with her Prosecution team during opening statement at the Confirmation of Charges hearing of the case against Al Hassan Monsieur le Président, Monsieur le Juge, Madame la Juge, Tombouctou a vécu la longueur du temps et le temps de l’histoire. Pendant quasiment un an, d’avril 2012 à janvier 2013, Tombouctou a enduré l’occupation violente des groupes armés Ansar Dine et Al Qaeda au Maghreb Islamique. Tombouctou, la perle du désert, la ville aux 333 Saints,…

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Opening of the confirmation of charges hearing in Al Hassan case

Mr Al Hassan during the opening of the confirmation of charges hearing at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands) on 8 July 2019 ©ICC-CPI Today, 8 July 2019, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud opened before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Péter Kovács, Presiding Judge, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou. The hearing is…

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African Traditional Wedding Attire

The marriage between a man and a woman is a special celebration of the natural continuity of life in every part of Africa. African weddings are unique and joyful; a huge family affair, and an undertaking everyone participates in. It also brings families together as well as enables people to reconnect with friends. Having said that, African wedding attires are magnificent outfits that make a wedding ceremony standout. The outfits are made of fabrics that are usually unique to…

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Child Marriage: culture, morality and future of society

When a nation turns a child into a bride, it turns its future into a hell. Irrespective of the differences in culture, language, ethnicity, religion and geographical position, child marriage has become a global problem, which is practised in different parts of the world. From Niger, Bangladesh to Iraq, child marriage is a common practice in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and even in Europe. While some might argue that child marriage is an integral part of…

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Child Marriage: Urgent need to act decisively

Just imagine a bit your childhood years. Do you remember those your childhood dreams, hopes, and aspirations? As a young innocent girl, you had the dreams of having a fulfilled life. You aspired to go to school, become well educated, have a wonderful profession; a rewarding job. You strived to build a beautiful, healthy family with someone you loved….. Suddenly – just unceremoniously – your dream is shattered. Your life aspirations are completely disoriented and forcefully altered in an…

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Mikel wants to lead Super Eagles in Egypt

Absentee Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has confirmed he is available to return to the team for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The former Chelsea star last played for Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and was not involved in the qualifying matches for Egypt 2019. “Mikel has met with coach (Gernot) Rohr in England and he has confirmed he will feature at the Nations Cup in Egypt,” said a top team official of…

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