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Opening of the trial in the Al Hassan case: Practical information

The trial in the case of The Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud will open on 14 July 2020,  before Trial Chamber X of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz is accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in Timbuktu (Mali). Trial Chamber X is composed of Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua, Presiding Judge, Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Kimberly Prost. During these hearings, the Prosecution will deliver its opening…

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Unity in Diversity: Unity Without Uniformity and Diversity Without Fragmentation

For years the USA had portrayed itself as the oasis of unity in diversity. The land of migrants and opportunity, where every hardworking migrant can achieve their life aspirations. The country, where dreams become a reality – the American dream. With the discovery of seaways to South America by the European explorers, colonisation and slavery, the USA has become a multi-cultural melting point and the beacon of diversity, where migrants from all works of life – irrespective their race,…

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Africa and the Coronavirus pandemic: A blessing in disguise for some

For several months governments across the globe have been working tirelessly to contain the Coronavirus pandemic, a crisis which has brought the entire world to a standstill.  To reduce the risk of transmission, countries have been urging their citizens to embrace the directives issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). Some of the measures in place are, wearing of masks in public places, keeping social distancing, regular washing of the hands and sanitizing of the hands using alcohol-based hand…

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The COVID-19 Pandemic: Denial, Death and Destruction.

Denial does not change reality for everyone else. Only for the one denying and those who are foolish enough to believe the fantasy. Elle Casey Denial and inactivity prepare people well for the roles of victim and corpse.      John Leach The two quotes above, simply summarise the obvious reality facing the world as we battle with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has become the single most challenging health catastrophe facing the world today. From millions of infections, thousands of deaths,…

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Appeals hearing in the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case: Practical information

From 22 to 24 June 2020, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) will hold a partially virtual hearing in the case of The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé to hear the observations of Parties and Participants on the Prosecutor’s appeal against the acquittal decision in this case. The Chamber will make its judgment on this appeal at a later stage. The hearing will take place with the participation of the Prosecutor,…

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Statement of the International Criminal Court on recent measures announced by the US

The International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) expresses profound regret at the announcement of further threats and coercive actions, including financial measures, against the Court and its officials, made earlier today by the Government of the United States. The ICC stands firmly by its staff and officials and remains unwavering in its commitment to discharging, independently and impartially, the mandate bestowed upon it by the Rome Statute and the States that are party to it.  These are the latest in a series…

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ICC: Initial Appearance of Ali Kushayb scheduled for 15 June 2020

The initial appearance of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd–Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) is scheduled for Monday 15 June 2020, at 11:00 (The Hague local time) in Courtroom III of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) before the single judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. Mr Ali Kushayb was transferred to the ICC’s custody on 9 June 2020, after surrendering himself voluntarily in the Central African Republic, for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur (Sudan). During the initial appearance…

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Coronavirus Pandemic: One Man’s Meat is Another Man’s poison

Have you ever pondered over the adage one man’s meat is another man’s poison? If you did, how relevant is the proverb to the present coronavirus state of affairs? Like a hurricane,  the pugnacious pandemic descended, tormenting the world community with impunity. Deaths, sickness, alienation, uncertainties, poverty, joblessness, hopelessness become synonymous with the virus; and those social threats would soon metamorphose into a norm. But not everyone sees the pandemic as an existential threat. For some a few individuals,…

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ICC Appeals Chamber amends the conditions of release of Gbagbo and Blé Goudé

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) has on 28 May 2020, decided to dismiss the request of the Defence for Mr Gbagbo for reconsideration of its judgment granting him and Mr Blé Goudé conditional release. The Appeals Chamber, however, decided to review the conditions of release. This decision does not concern the appeal against the decision acquitting Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé. The Appeals Chamber noted that the Defence of Mr Gbagbo did…

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The Coronavirus Pandemic, WHO and USA: Give a Dog a Bad Name and Kill it

If there is something very interesting about the audacious presence of the Coronavirus and the global war against the pandemic, it is the fact that the virus has mercilessly and disrespectfully exposed the weaknesses and self-centeredness of many world leaders and how far these seemingly invincible leaders can go to safeguard their political ambition and survival. From denying the existence of the COVID-19, calling it just the common flu, the Wuhan virus, tactically mandating subordinates to coordinate the Corona-related…

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ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II rejects Mr Bemba’s claim for compensation and damages

Today, 18 May 2020, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) issued its decision on ‘Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba’s claim for compensation and damages’. Mr Bemba was arrested in May 2008 following an ICC arrest warrant and was acquitted by the ICC Appeals Chamber on 8 June 2018. The Chamber noted that Mr Bemba’s claim had two components to it: a request for compensation under article 85(3) of the Rome Statute, and a request for damages…

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The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Unreliability and Unpredictability of life

Life is the best teacher for those who wish to learn. Every day of our life is pregnant, waiting to give birth to our expectations, wishes, surprises… Or stillborn. Life is wrapped in the bud of knowns and unknowns and each day comes with a bunch of experiences. So is the Coronavirus crisis. As we mourn the innocent victims who have succumbed to the cold hands of the deadly Coronavirus, we watch in awe how our once meticulously organised…

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