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Human trafficking in Africa: the Multi-Billion Dollar Business Venture

“Maybe slavery has been with us for centuries because of the inclination to maintain economic systems geared more toward commodifying human existence than developing its spiritual, creative, or scientific potentials. Such commodification instantly erases any recognition of humanity as a priceless value unto itself and reduces individuals as well as entire races, or a specific gender, to a bargain-priced ‘other.” ― Aberjhani, Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah The United Nations Trafficking Protocol 2003 defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation,…

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Bride Price in Africa: He Who Pays The Piper Calls The Tune

Dowry, a payment made by the family of the groom in the form of money, presents, or a mixture of both, to their future in-laws at the start of their marriage, to enable the groom to marry the bride, has endured the strong wave of westernization in the Africa continent. The long-standing customary practice is shared across the societies from Egypt to South Africa, down to Ghana and Rwanda. On the other hand, in the Hindu culture, the bride’s…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Statement on the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria

Today, I announce the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria. As I stated last year at the annual Assembly of States Parties, before I end my term as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), I intend to reach determinations on all files that have been under preliminary examination under my tenure, as far as I am able. In that statement, I also indicated the high likelihood that several preliminary examinations would…

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ICC: Conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Iraq/United Kingdom

Version française ci-dessous | النسخة العربية أسفل النص الفرنسي Press Release: 9.12.2020 Today, I announce the conclusion of the preliminary examination into the situation in Iraq/United Kingdom (UK) following a thorough process. I have decided, as set out in my Office’s detailed report to close the preliminary examination and not to open an investigation. In 2014, my Office re-opened the preliminary examination into the situation in Iraq/UK on the bases of new information received. Since then, my Office has…

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Talking About Violence Against Women

Being seen (and treated) as inferior, weak, less intelligent than male, a sex object and, in fact, as everything opposite the male, the discriminatory perception and maltreatment of women can itself be a bitter traumatic experience for the female gender. Justifying such perception with the violent treatment of women, and in some cases, being killed for not living up to that patriarchal sex-role stereotype and expectations, can indeed be a nightmare for a woman and a huge stumbling block…

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ICC Prosecutor’s Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On the occasion of this year’s Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I join the calls for a world free of violence against women and children. Women and girls around the world continue to be the victims of unspeakable crimes, from sexual and gender-based violence to harassment, human trafficking, child marriages, and being forced to serve as child soldiers. Despite progress made in the fight against impunity for such crimes, they remain prevalent. These are crimes that…

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Gender inequality and Gender-based Violence

While we fight against gender inequality and gender-based violence, many around the world have decided to leave no stone unturned in creating a gender-balanced society. Kata Kata Village is not an exception. A glimpse at the conversations amongst some members of the village tells you how important the subject has become. Hear them: PICCOLO: You mean shouting on your wife frequently till she breaks down emotionally is not a kind of violence against her? MAN: Why is it dat…

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Sierra Leone ex-leader Koroma risks arrest over anti-graft body summons snub

The former president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma faces an arrest after he failed to honour summons from the country’s anti-corruption commission. The anti-graft body in Sierra Leone says it is considering issuing an arrest warrant against Mr Koroma to force him to appear before the commission and answer corruption-related charges against him. However, Ernest Bai Koroma’s lawyers have argued the former president could not travel from his home in the north to the capital Freetown due to…

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Say No To Gender-Based Violence!

Discrimination against women and girls is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing. Just like elsewhere in the world, women and girls in Africa had gone through thick and thin due to gender inequality on the continent. And the menace is hardly far from being eradicated in modern African society. Gender inequality, which is a by-product of the sexist ideology, which maintains that the female is inferior to the male, persists through the enaction and (re)enforcement of…

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Kata Kata Village Fights Against Gender-Based Violence.

Gender-based violence, which is violence directed against a person as a result of their gender is a serious, yet often neglected human right violation. We cannot talk about gender-based violence without first going back to gender inequality, because gender violence is deeply rooted in gender inequality, which offers the “reality” behind the violence. This kind of violence can be perpetuated physically, psychologically, sexually or economically on the victims through threats, coercion, liberty deprivation whether in public or within the…

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ICC Prosecutor’s Statement on the voluntary surrender of Paul Gicheru to the Court

I welcome the news of Mr Paul Gicheru’s voluntary surrender and transfer to the custody of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”). On the 9th of February 2015, my Office requested the judges of the Court’s Pre-Trial Chamber II to issue a warrant of arrest for Mr Gicheru, on charges of interfering with ICC witnesses in the Kenya Situation, contrary to the Rome Statute. On the 10th of March 2015, the judges issued a warrant of arrest…

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Situation in Kenya: Paul Gicheru Arrives at ICC Detention Centre

Today, 3 November 2020, Paul Gicheru was surrendered to the custody of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) by the Dutch authorities and arrived at the Court’s detention centre in The Netherlands.  Mr Gicheru, a lawyer formerly based in Kenya, is suspected of offences against the administration of justice consisting in corruptly influencing witnesses of the Court. Mr Gicheru surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands on 2 November 2020, pursuant an ICC arrest warrant issued in 2015. He…

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