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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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AN URGENT HUMANITARIAN APPEAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO TAKE CONCERTED PREVENTIVE COVID-19 ACTION FOR REFUGEES AND IDP’S IN DARFUR

It is with the gravest concern possible that the leadership of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM/A-AW) calls on the UN Security Council, the World Health Organization and UNAMID to take swift action to contain the potential spread of COVID-19 in the refugee and IDP camps throughout Darfur. Recognizing that the lethal virus has not revealed itself in large numbers throughout the continent of Africa, nor Sudan in particular thus far, is no cause for complacency, where instead the slow…

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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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BREAKING NEWS: ICC Appeals Chamber authorises the opening of an investigation in Afghanistan.

Today, 5 March 2020, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’ or ‘Court’) decided unanimously to authorise the Prosecutor to commence an investigation into alleged crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court in relation to the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The Appeals Chamber’s judgment amended the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber II of 12 April 2019, which had rejected the Prosecutor’s request for authorisation of an investigation of 20 November 2017 and had found that…

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Why the USA and Nigeria speak the same language and understand each other.

Who could argue that the USA and Nigeria, the “giant of Africa” speak the same language? Hardly, anyone. Right? After all, they both speak English. Yes, the American and Nigerian English. So arguably, no one doubts whether Nigeria actually understood her US counterpart, when the world super-power recently imposed visa restrictions on Nigeria and five other countries, namely, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania. The USA cited the failure of the affected countries to meet US security and information-sharing…

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The ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Statement on the Venezuela situation

On 13 February 2020, I received a referral from the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (“Venezuela”) regarding the situation in its own territory, in accordance with its prerogatives as a State Party to the Rome Statute (the “Statute”). Pursuant to article 14(1) of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), the referring State requests the Prosecutor to initiate an investigation into crimes against humanity allegedly committed on the territory of Venezuela, with the…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Statement on the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers

This International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers serves as a bleak reminder that around the world today, girls and boys in their tens of thousands are still being forced to fight and die as soldiers in wars. Children should have no part in armed conflict. Today, and every day, we must reinforce our collective resolve for urgent action to eradicate the practice and its horrendous consequences. In July 1998, the international community reaffirmed its commitment to put…

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Breaking News: Sudan agrees to hand over ex-president Omar al-Bashir to the ICC

In what could be seen as the turning point in the revolution that led to the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir’s brutal regime in Sudan, the country’s rulers have agreed to hand over the ex-president, to the International Criminal Court  (ICC) The decision to hand over dictator Omar al-Bashir, who was removed from power in April last year, after 30 years of brutality, genocide, oppression and excessive human rights abuses, came as a result of peace talks between Sudan’s government…

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Malawi: Cancellation of Presidential election “birth” or “death of democracy”?

Following the annulment on Monday, of the result of the last May election in Malawi, where the incumbent President Peter Mutharika was declared the winner, Mr Mutharika has labelled the verdict of the country’s Constitutional Court as the beginning of the “death of Malawi’s democracy”. The decision of the Constitutional Court was based on its findings, which made the court declare the final results of the election unreliable and corrupt. The judges of the court cited vote-tampering and the…

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Justice in Guinea: ICC welcomes construction of new Courtroom

The ICC Chief Prosecutor Bensouda reacts to the construction of a new courtroom in Conakry, Guinea. Her statement: I welcome the recent news on the official start of construction, within the premises of the Appeals Court of Conakry, of a new courtroom to host the trial of the events of 28 September 2009 at the Conakry stadium, which is the focus of my Office’s ongoing preliminary examination in the situation in Guinea. This is an important step forward in…

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