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Kenya: Paul Gicheru surrenders for allegedly corruptly influencing ICC witnesses

Today, 2 November 2020, Mr Paul Gicheru surrendered to the authorities of The Netherlands pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”). 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. The Court, through the Registry services, submitted a cooperation request to the Dutch authorities for the arrest and surrender of Mr Gicheru to the…

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Sudan Liberation Movement Sends Solidarity Message to France in the Wake of Nice Terror Attack

The leadership of the Sudan Liberation Movement unequivocally condemns the latest terrorist outrage by a Salafist extremist that claimed the lives of three peaceful French citizens in the brutal knife attack in the Notre-Dame Basilica in the Southern French city of Nice.That it follows so soon after the ghastly terrorist murder of Samuel Paty, is a terrible blow to the French people and its democracy. We share in the sense of indignation and horror all decent and humane French citizens,…

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Nigeria and SARS: Beat a Child, Forbid it from Crying

It is said in Igbo proverb (South East of Nigeria) that “Ebulu Ozu onye Ozo, odika ebu ukwu Nku.” Translated: “when another person’s corpse is carried, it seems as if it is a bunch of firewood.” The proverb seems to summarise the above reaction of the Nigerian government amid social unrest from Nigerians. They are demanding an end to police brutality and other social ills, amongst them, unemployment, poor education and housing, decayed health system, miserable infrastructures, endemic corruption,…

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Fighting Gender Inequality in Africa: The Botswana Model

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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Donald Trump and Wife test Positive for COVID-19

The President of the USA Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus. President Trump, who has always dismissed the deadly virus as the common flu, which would soon go like the wind, has confirmed that he and the 50-year old First Lady tested positive and are now in quarantine. The positive test comes after one of Mr Trump’s closest advisers Hope Hicks tested positive for coronavirus. The 31-year old Ms Hicks accompanied President Donald…

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ICC Assembly President welcomes the final report of Independent Experts

Today the Group of Independent Experts issued its final Report in accordance with the 30 September 2020 timeline set out in Assembly resolution ICC-ASP/18/Res.7. On 6 December 2019, the Assembly appointed nine Experts to carry out an Independent Expert Review of the International Criminal Court and the Rome Statute System. The Experts were mandated to make recommendations to the Assembly of States Parties and the Court on specific complex technical issues under the clusters Governance, Judiciary, and Investigations and…

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Kenya’s Police Reform: Police officers ‘told to buy their own uniforms’

The cat must not steal a piece of fish, but the owner of the cat must not put the fish near the cat.  How does the above proverb explain the dilemma facing Kenya as it confronts the shortage of police officers’ uniforms amid the country’s police reform? In a lot of ways. It has been reported that some police officers in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, have been forced to be buying their uniforms from civilian tailors, following an alleged instruction…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Statement on the referral by Bolivia

Version française ci-dessous|La versión en español está a continuación Statement: 09.09.2020 On 4 September 2020, I received a referral from the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia (“Bolivia”) 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…

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COVID-19: Victims Of Conspiracy Theories, Myths or Paranoid Delusions?

Is it the ambiguous belief that certain powerful persons, institutions, government or even evil forces are secretly behind the presence of the COVID-19? How about an alleged undisclosed plot by groups to use the Coronavirus to manipulate the political process or target people for political or financial reasons? I believe you are not unaware of the claims that the Coronavirus was artificially manufactured in the laboratory to depopulate the world. Is the fallacy, that the spread of the COVID-19…

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Towards Gender Equality as Brazil Approves Equal Pay for Women’s and Men’s National Football Team Players

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) has announced on Wednesday that the country’s women’s soccer team will receive the same pay as their men’s counterparts. According to the CBF boss Rogério Caboclo, every football players representing Brazil, irrespective of the gender, will receive the same prize money, daily rates and bonuses when on international duty. The equal payment took effect from March 2020. The decision of the CBF is historic, having in mind that many female footballers and activists have…

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International Criminal Court US economic sanctions

Version française ci-dessous ICC-CPI-20200902-PR1535 Press Release: 02.09.2020 The International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) condemns the economic sanctions imposed by the US earlier today on the Court’s Prosecutor and a member of her Office. The new measures, announced pursuant to the US Executive Order 13928 dated 11 June 2020, are another attempt to interfere with the Court’s judicial and prosecutorial independence and crucial work to address grave crimes of concern to the international community as mandated under the ICC…

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ASP President, O-Gon Kwon, rejects US measures against ICC

Press release: The Hague, 2 September 2020 ICC-ASP-20200902-PR1534 Today the Government of the United States announced concrete measures against the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and a senior staff member in her office. I strongly reject such unprecedented and unacceptable measures against a treaty-based international organization. They only serve to weaken our common endeavor to fight impunity for mass atrocities. The Court is an independent and impartial judicial institution. It operates in strict adherence to the provisions of…

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