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Alfred Yekatom makes first appearance before the ICC

Alfred Yekatom appeared before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), at the seat of the ICC in The Hague (The Netherlands). Pre-Trial Chamber II is composed of Judge Antoine Kesia‐Mbe Mindua, Presiding, Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. The hearing was held in the presence of the Prosecutor and the Defence. Mr. Yekatom was represented by the Office of Public Counsel for the Defence. The Chamber verified the identity of the suspect,…

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Religion: (Mis)Interpretations and Reformations

  Last year (2017) marked exactly 500 ago since the Reformation took place in Germany, which gave birth to the Protestant Church. The Reformation in the church started after German Monk, Martin Luther tried to challenge certain things in the Catholic Church, which he believed were contrary to the doctrine and original message of Christianity. It all began after Luther criticised what he considered the misinterpretation of the Church doctrine and what he perceived as the corruption within the…

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Initial court appearance of Alfred Yekatom scheduled for 23 November 2018

The initial appearance of Alfred Yekatom before the single judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), Judge Tomoko Akane, is scheduled for Friday, 23 November 2018, at 11:00 (The Hague local time) in Courtroom I. Mr. Yekatom was surrendered to the ICC on 17 November 2018 following a warrant of arrest issued on 11 November 2018 for his alleged criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in western CAR between…

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Alfred Yekatom: Statement of the Chief Prosecutor on the transfer of suspect

The people of the Central African Republic have suffered and endured atrocious crimes in one of this century’s violent conflicts. I welcome today’s transfer of Mr. Alfred Yekatom to the International Criminal Court to face justice for his alleged crimes. Our independent and impartial investigation has produced evidence on the basis of which we allege Mr. Yekatom is criminally responsible for several counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic between 5 December…

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Central African Republic: Alfred Yekatom surrendered to the ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes

Today, 17 November 2018, Mr Alfred Yekatom (“Mr Yekatom”) was surrendered to the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) by the authorities of the Central African Republic (“CAR”). Pre‑Trial Chamber II of the ICC had issued a warrant of arrest against Mr Yekatom on 11 November 2018 for his alleged criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in western CAR between December 2013 and August 2014. Pre-Trial Chamber II – composed of Judge Antoine Kesia‐Mbe Mindua, Presiding, Judge Tomoko Akane…

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Crime of aggression Jurisdiction: ICC Judges amend the Regulations of the Court

On 12 November 2018, the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) adopted amendments to the Regulations of the Court during their fortieth plenary session. The amendments address a number of procedural issues arising in connection to the activation of the jurisdiction of the Court over the crime of aggression as of 17 July 2018 by the Assembly of States Parties at its sixteenth session on 14 December 2017. Pursuant to article 52(3) of the Rome Statute, the judges…

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Dialogue at the Kata Kata Village Square over Breastfeeding

(At the kata kata village square. Agama’s wife has reported the husband to the village assembly for sexual harassment. The village wants to settle the quarrel. Coincidentally, Piccolo, the Kata Kata Village’s representative at the WHO’s organised breastfeeding course has just returned to brief the village on the course  ). CHIEF: My people, you know our Kata Kata village is village of peace. So therefore, we wan’ help Agama and family live in peace.  Madam Agama, why you report…

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Leadership and the Principle of Destructo-creativity

“Effective leaders sacrifice much that is good in order to dedicate themselves to what is best.” John C. Maxwell   For a seed to grow, it must first die before it germinates and springs into life. Life is all about making sacrifices aimed at achieving something worthy. It is said that a ship without a captain is destined for destruction. From managerial competence, integrity, decisiveness, empowerment, sincere enthusiasm, great communication skills, loyalty etc, leaders are not born, but rather…

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Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic explains his refusal to wear poppy

Manchester United’s midfielder Nemanja Matic explained why he did not wear a poppy on Saturday during their 2-1 victory over Bournemouth. Matic said the poppy reminds him of the bombing of his village in 1999 when he was 12 years old. The 1999 bombing was part of a NATO-led military campaign aimed at driving out Serbian forces from Kosovo and eventually led to the independence of Kosovo. Nemanja Matic was the only Manchester United player, who did not wear…

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Time waits for no one

The one thing I really like about the clock, is that it keeps on going forward – not backward. Forward ever, backward never. If the clock stops going forward, it is in most cases, due to mechanical or battery problems. Otherwise, it is all about forward ever. Hum. Interesting indeed, isn’t it? How does this reflect human life? Life goes on. Does it apply to the African situation? The time factor does indeed explain certain issues in human life….

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ICC President concludes mission to the seat of the United Nations

The President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, has concluded an official mission to the seat of the United Nations (UN) in New York. During his visit, which lasted from Monday, 29 October until Thursday 1 November 2018, President Eboe-Osuji addressed the UN General Assembly to present the Court’s annual report to the United Nations. He also held a number of meetings with representatives of States and officials of the United Nations, and gave a lecture at…

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Political Metamorphosis Continues in Ethiopia as Woman elected head of Country’s top court

Meaza Ashenafi a prominent Ethiopian human rights lawyer has been unanimously elected as the first woman to head the country’s federal supreme court. Her appointment is one of the many positive political earthquakes taking place in Ethiopia ever since the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, took office in March 2018 and started ushering in a series of reforms in Ethiopia, a typically patriarchal country. Meaza Ashenafi’s appointed followed that of Sahle-Work Zewde, who was elected Ethiopia’s first female President by…

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