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ICC Presidency assigns the Situation in Bangladesh/ Myanmar to Pre-Trial Chamber III

The Presidency of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) has constituted Pre-Trial Chamber III, composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Judge Geoffrey Henderson and assigned to it the Situation in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh/Republic of the Union of Myanmar. This decision follows a notice by the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, informing the Presidency of her intention to submit a request for an authorisation to open an investigation into this Situation.  The Prosecutor…

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Ethiopia Amhara Unrest: ‘coup ringleader killed’

Latest reports from Ethiopia said the suspected ringleader of Saturday’s failed coup attempt in the country’s Amhara region, which claimed the life of Ethiopia’s army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen has been killed by police. The suspected coup leader Brig-Gen Asaminew Tsige was shot dead on the outskirts of Bahir Dar, Amhara’s capital, according to the latest reports. Many other coup plotters have been arrested. Both Ethiopia’s army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen and Mr Ambachew Mekonnen, the governor of the…

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Ntaganda case: Trial Chamber VI to deliver judgment on 8 July 2019

Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver its Judgment in the case of The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda during a public hearing on 8 July 2019, at 10:00 (The Hague local time) at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands). At the hearing, the Trial Chamber will announce whether it finds the accused innocent or guilty of the charges, beyond reasonable doubt. Trial Chamber VI is composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Presiding…

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Unrest in Ethiopia: Chief of army shot by “mercenaries”

Ethiopia’s Army Chief of Staff General Seare Mekonnen has been shot following the unrest in the Amhara region of the country. Revealing the news on TV, dressed in military fatigues, the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the defence chief of staff has been attacked by “mercenaries” in the northern regional capital Bahir Dar, but the Prime Minister did not give any further details. However, the government in Addis Abebe had earlier said there had been an “attempted coup” in…

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Statement to the United Nations Security Council on the Situation in Darfur, pursuant to UNSCR 1593 (2005)

19 June 2019 Mr President, Allow me to begin by offering my congratulations to Kuwait for holding the Presidency of this Council for the month of June, and presiding over this briefing on the situation in Darfur, Sudan pursuant to Resolution 1593. Mr President, Your Excellencies, As we are all aware, following months of anti-government protests, and the removal from power of Mr Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir on the 11th of April, the Republic of the Sudan is…

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King of Lesotho visits International Criminal Court

Left to right: ICC Registrar Peter Lewis, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, His Majesty Letsie III King of Lesotho, ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, ICC Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart, ICC First Vice President Judge Robert Fremr, and ICC Second Vice President Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut ©ICC-CPI On 17 June 2019, His Majesty Letsie III, King of Lesotho, visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) to meet with high-level officials. The King was decorated with the title of ‘Distinguished Honorary Fellow…

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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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ICC holds Retreat with African States Parties in Addis Ababa

Participants of the ICC Retreat with African States Parties to the Rome Statute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 12 June 2019  On 12 June 2019, the International Criminal Court (ICC) convened a Retreat with African States Parties to the Rome Statute in Addis Ababa with the participation of the Office of Legal Counsel of the African Union and the ICC Trust Fund for Victims (TFV). The purpose of the Retreat was to continue promoting open and frank dialogue and…

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Africa and Perseverance: 21-year-old Ethiopian takes exam 30 minutes after giving birth

Failures are a success – if we could learn from failures and transcend them into a guiding step towards success. You can, therefore, confidently, say that perseverance is the mother of success. What does this say about the many problems facing Africa today? A lot. However, before we discuss this further, let us look at an interesting story from Ethiopia, which is making a headline around the world. Yesterday, a 21-year-old Ethiopian woman sat for her secondary school leaving…

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South Africans wait for salvation, as Ramaphosa appoints gender-balanced cabinet

Following the 8 May election victory of the African National Congress party  (ANC), President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a new gender-balanced cabinet, with half of the members, women. This is the first time in the history that South Africa has a gender-balanced cabinet. In another surprise move, the President appointed a woman from the opposition party for a ministerial post. Patricia de Lille, the opposition politician, former Cape Town Mayor has been appointed the minister of infrastructure development. Ms…

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Proverb of the Week: A small house will hold a hundred friends ((Duruma, Kenya)

Chumba chidide chinaidima kuphenya atu mirongo kumi. (Duruma) Chumba kidogo huweza kuwa na marafiki mia moja. (Swahili) Une seule maison peut avoir cent amis. (French) A small house will hold a hundred friends. (English) Although this proverb of the Duruma, the Mijikenda ethnic groups of the Kenyan coastal region along the Nairobi-Mombasa, might sound a bit confusing and contradictory or even ironic, it is definitely true if you think about it deeply. Traditionally, a typical Duruma homestead is not…

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Burundi’s 2020 Election: You are either with us or against us

As Burundi gears towards the presidential polls in 2020, the commissioner in charge of electoral operations in the East African country had told a group of journalists and civil society groups in Bujurumba on Wednesday that the country would “block the way for those media who do not want to follow the path taken by the government.” Jean Anastase Hicuburund a senior official from the Burundi National Independent Electoral Commission made the threat and accused independent media and local…

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