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ICC President at the opening of UN General Assembly holds high-level meetings with States

The President of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji held an official visit to the United Nations in New York from 23 to 25 September 2018 to participate/attend the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit which took place on 24 September 2018, as well as the opening of the High-Level general debate of the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2018. At the Summit world leaders unanimously adopted a declaration committing to redouble efforts to…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor on the referral by a group of six States Parties regarding the situation in Venezuela

On 27 September 2018, I received a referral from a group of States Parties to the Rome Statute (the “Statute”), namely the Republic of Argentina, Canada, the Republic of Colombia, the Republic of Chile, the Republic of Paraguay and the Republic of Peru (the “referring States”), regarding the situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (“Venezuela”) since 12 February 2014. Pursuant to article 14 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), the referring States…

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Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for Sexual assault

Bill Cosby, popularly known as the “America’s Dad” was on Tuesday sentenced to three to ten years in state prison by a Pennsylvania judge for sexual assault. The world-acclaimed comedian and the major character in the famous the Cosby Show was described by the Judge as a “sexually violent predator.” Following accusations from 60 women against Mr. Cosby, some of the accusations dated back 50 years ago, the judge sentenced the 80-year-old comedian to 3 to 10 years in…

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Is the Wind of Change Blowing Towards Angola and Liberia?

When the former Defence Minister of Angola Joao Lourenco became the country’s President last year and vowed to eradicate nepotism and corruption in his country, very few people believed his seriousness. Not that Joao Lourenco is considered a liar. Not necessarily so. The fact is that many Africans have grown used to and indeed tired and fed up of sweet-mouthed African leaders, who promise paradise to their subjects only to give them hell on earth. That is the typical…

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South Sudan doctor wins UN award For Humanitarian Work

The mere mentioning of South Sudan invokes the images of war, pandemonium, refugee crisis, hunger and starvation, and a near-failed State. However, sometimes, hopes can spring out of hopelessness. Happily, this is a typical case, as South Sudanese surgeon Dr. Evan Atar was named as the winner of the Nansen Refugee Award by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The award, which is bestowed on an individual who goes beyond the call of duty to help save lives, is a…

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International Criminal Court Prosecutor on Gabon:  “The legal criteria for this Court to investigate have not been met”

On 29 September 2016, I announced the opening of a preliminary examination into the situation in Gabon, based on a referral received from the Government of Gabon with respect to crimes allegedly committed in its territory since May 2016 and potentially falling within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”). My Office also received several article 15 communications alleging crimes in the context of the 2016 presidential election. Following a thorough factual and legal analysis of…

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Tanzania: Many drown as ferry capsized on Lake Victoria

As many as, at least, 40 people have been reported dead after a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania. A source had, however, insisted that the number of death could be more than 200. While about 100 people were rescued; 32 of them are thought to be in a serious condition. According to the report, the ferry MV Nyerere, which was overloaded with more than 400 passengers capsized near the shore between the islands of Ukora and Bugolora. As…

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KATA KATA MAGAZINE HITS THE STREET OF MALAWI

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Rwanda: 2,000 prisoners freed including opposition figure Victoire Ingabire

President Paul Kagame has yesterday ordered the release of 2000 prisoners, including the main opposition party leader Victoire Ingabire. Victoire Ingabire leader of the FDU-Inkingi party, who has been imprisoned for 15-years, for being a threat to the country’s security and “belittling” the 1994 genocide has been a leading critic of President Paul Kagame. Leaving the Nyarugenge Prison, Mageragere, dressed in the colours of her party with a green jacket, Nyarugenge Prison, Mageragere, Ms. Ingabire, who had earlier called…

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US and ICC: Fighting for Justice and the Rule of Law

  Yesterday, the US had threatened to impose sanctions against the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it prosecutes Americans. The threats were made by the US National Security Adviser John Bolton as he vowed: “to protect our citizens” by all means from what he called an “illegitimate” court. Mr. Bolton’s statement was a reaction to the court’s recent consideration to prosecute US servicemen and women over alleged human rights abuses in Afghanistan, including detainee abuse. What is the ICC?…

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Statement by the President of the Assembly, O-Gon Kwon, reaffirming support for the ICC

The International Criminal Court is an independent and impartial judicial institution crucial for ensuring accountability for the gravest crimes under international law. The Court is non-political and acts strictly within the legal framework of the Rome Statute, its founding treaty. The Court’s mandate is to help put an end to impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole and to bring justice to those affected by such crimes. One of the cornerstones…

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Proverb of the week: “Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat.”

Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat. ~ Akan (Ghana) Are you meant to be poor? Is your social condition “normal” and permanent? These are perhaps some of the questions you might ask yourself. With the above proverb, the Akan people of Ghana try to create that sense of consciousness amongst themselves and discourage one from accepting their negative social situation without trying hard to change it positively. To…

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