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ICC judges agree on reforms in response to Independent Expert Review at annual retreat

ICC President Judge Piotr Hofmański during the 2021 ICC judicial retreat ©ICC-CPI On 19 and 20 November 2021, the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) held their judicial retreat at the Court’s headquarters in The Hague. Due to the ongoing situation caused by COVID-19, the retreat was held using an online platform. At the retreat, the judges agreed to amend the Chambers Practice Manual and to propose amendment to the Regulations of the Court, in order to enhance…

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Africa: Medicine and Praises after Death

Recently the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, expressed his sadness at the deaths of an army general and soldiers killed by Islamic terrorists and paid tribute to them. Such a reaction paints a typical reprehensive picture of misplaced priority common in many African countries, where praises and lamentations take over common sense and urgency in tackling everyday problems. Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three other soldiers were killed in an ambush by the West African branch of the…

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ICC Press Release: ICC Prosecutor, Mr Karim A.A. Khan QC, opens an investigation into the Situation in Venezuela

Version française à suivre | La versión en español está a continuación ICC-OTP-20211105-PR1625 Press Release: 05.11.2021 ICC Prosecutor, Mr Karim A.A. Khan QC, opens an investigation into  the Situation in Venezuela and concludes Memorandum of Understanding with the Government ICC Prosecutor, Mr Karim A.A. Khan QC and his delegation held a number of meetings with the authorities and other stakeholders in Venezuela. I have just returned to The Hague from a productive mission to Caracas, in the Bolivarian Republic…

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Even mules bite: Rattled Eswatini king seeks dialogue as riots intensify.

Generally, mules tend to be obedient and easy to control and keep. Even though they eat less grain than a horse, mules are so strong that they can carry more weight than a horse. Their ability to endure and tolerate difficult conditions, including stress and heat, makes mules a preferred choice to a horse amongst lords and animals owners. However, despite their obedience, strength, tolerance and submissiveness, mules can bite when they face danger or provocation. How does the…

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Rewarding Honesty and Integrity: The best way to go in Africa

Last week, Liberia’s President George Weah honoured an 18-year-old motorcycle taxi rider Emmanuel Tuloe, who found and returned $50,000 (£36,000) to the owner, a businesswoman. President Weah took an exceptional, exemplary and encouraging step by offering the honest lad reward incentives of $10,000, two new motorcycles and a fully-funded scholarship up to the university level. The President equally promised to recognise and award Emmanuel Tuloe with one of Liberia’s highest honours – the order of distinction – for his…

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Female Genital Mutilation: A Small Cut That Defines And Alters Her Life.

Call it a small cut, but it is a manifestation of violence against women, as it powerfully supports the culture of suppression of women’s sexuality and the definition of them as unequal partners to men. Where is the love? Please read the latest Kata Kata Magazine for an illustrated story on the issue: https://katakata.org/magazines/

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Misplaced Priority: Nigeria to bar unvaccinated government workers from offices

The Nigerian government has said it will ban civil servants who have not received vaccination against Covid-19 from office. The plan which will effectively make the COVID-19 jabs compulsory for government workers will take effect from December. Revealing the decision, which had been under consideration for several months, the Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 Boss Mustapha added that the government would allow employees to offices if they can prove a negative result of a Covid test…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s statement on seeking authorisation to resume investigations in the Situation in Afghanistan

Today, I filed an application for an expedited order before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) seeking authorisation for my Office to resume its investigation in the Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (“Afghanistan”). On 5 March 2020, the ICC’s Appeals Chamber authorised my Office to investigate alleged atrocity crimes committed within the context of the Afghanistan situation since 1 July 2002. On 26 March 2020, the Government of Afghanistan requested, pursuant …

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Africa’s new democratic road as Sudanese government thwarts alleged Bashir regime supporters’ coup attempt.

On Tuesday, Sudanese officials have thwarted a military coup d’etat attempt by alleged supporters of former Sudan’s president Omar Bashir.  According to three senior government and military sources. A senior government source revealed that about 40 officers close to the former president had been arrested while attempting to control the military general command and the state broadcaster’s television buildings. The government of Sudan has deployed a heavy military presence across the capital Khartoum to deter any form of insecurity…

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ICC Prosecutor Mr Karim A.A. Khan appoints Seventeen Special Advisers

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), Mr Karim A.A. Khan QC is pleased to announce the appointment of 17 eminent experts to serve as his Special Advisers pursuant to article 42.9 of the Rome Statute. The appointments, drawn from different regions of the world with cultural, linguistic and gender diversity, bring on-board rich expertise and experiences from different legal systems and specialisations. These appointments form part of Prosecutor Khan’s vision, early in his mandate,…

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The Philippines: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I authorises the opening of an investigation

Today, on 15 September 2021, the Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) granted the Prosecutor’s request to commence an investigation in relation to crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court allegedly committed on the territory of the Philippines between 1 November 2011 and 16 March 2019 in the context of the so-called ‘war on drugs campaign. On 14 June 2021, the Prosecutor filed a public redacted version of the request to open an investigation,…

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