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Registered Vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia: ICC Appeals Chamber rejects the Prosecutor’s appeal

On 2 September 2019, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa presiding, delivered its judgment and rejected the appeal of the Prosecutor against the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I on the “Application for Judicial Review by the Government of the Union of the Comoros”‘ of 15 November 2018. The Appeals Chamber’s judgment was taken by majority, with Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji and Judge Luz del Carmen Ibáñez Carranza issuing partly dissenting…

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The ugly face of tribalism in Africa

There is no other continent which is marred with inter and intra-rift like Africa. We pretend to love one another, but the truth is that in reality, we often hate one another to the inner core. We live a life of denial feigning we are a united continent, but most of the time, our actions speak louder than words. An outsider who happens to grace any Independence Day in any of the African countries may feel inspired by the…

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Registered Vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia: ICC delivers its Judgment on Prosecutor’s appeal

On 2 September 2019 at 10:30 (The Hague local time), the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa presiding, will deliver its judgment on the appeal of the Prosecutor against the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I on the “Application for Judicial Review by the Government of the Union of the Comoros”’ of 15 November 2018. The judgement will be delivered by the Appeals Chamber in open court. Background: On 14 May…

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Proverb of the week: That which eats at you is within you

Proverb: That which eats at you is within you. Swahili: Kikulacho Ki Nguoni Mwako Meaning: Often, our actions are borne out of our mistakes and flaws in our characters. Therefore, we should not always point an accusing finger at others. We should take the blame for the results of the actions we have taken. Take a look at the mess Africa is in. Start with South Sudan. Go to the Central African Republic. Follow me to the Democratic Republic of…

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Cameroon Political Crisis: Ambazonia separatists jailed for life

A military court in Yaoundé, Cameroon has sentenced a leader of Cameroon’s separatist movement, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and nine other separatists to life imprisonment. Sisiku Ayuk Tabe is the leader of the so-called Governing Council of Ambazonia. The court convicted the accused, who had been arrested in Nigeria in January 2018 and deported back to Cameroon, of rebellion and other charges. The lawyers of the convicts had accused the military judge of bias and serious irregularities in the proceedings…

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Untold democracy is taking root in Tunisia

The upcoming presidential vote in Tunisia is set to mark a great milestone in the country’s political history since it gained independence. Following the demise of President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country will head to the ballot earlier than expected as required by the law. The constitution requires presidential polls to be held within 90 days after the death of the incumbent. Before the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia’s Independent High Authority for Elections boss…

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Children, women’s safety in jeopardy over rife human trafficking in Namibia

Human trafficking is not a thing of the past as many think; it still exists in the 21st century. There are no significant changes in the modern era, despite the industrial revolution and technological development, as millions of people worldwide are still going through slavery. Unlike in the ancient times when victims of human trafficking, especially from Africa were transported oversees, nowadays the act occurs within the villages, towns or neighbouring countries. In fact, transporting the victims does not…

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Vacancy announcement for the position of Prosecutor of the ICC

The term of the current Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will expire on 15 June 2021. The Assembly of States Parties, acting pursuant to its mandate under Article 112 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (the Rome Statute), has initiated the process for the selection of the next Prosecutor. The President of the Assembly of States Parties, Mr O-Gon Kwon (Republic of Korea), welcomes the publication of the vacancy announcement for the position of the…

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Africa: When a dog is about to die, it no longer perceives the smell of poop.

There is an adage amongst the Igbo ethnic group of the South East of Nigeria, which says:  Onwu na egbu nwa nkita anaghi ekwe ya nuu isi nsi. Translated: When a dog is about to die, it no longer perceives the smell of shit. Explained further literally, often when caution is disregarded, one is exposed to irrational actions, unguarded statements which could lead to untold danger, destruction or ultimate end. This proverb throws light on one of the causes of human miseries…

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Kenya: Jubilee party just a few inches from crumbling

In Kenyan political history, no political party has survived split when it goes through hard times, most specifically, internal wrangles since Independence. Going by history, Jubilee, Kenyan ruling party has minimal chances of survival, following squabbles from within for more than a year.  The once united and popular party across the country of late has become a battleground as members tear each other in public. On September 7, 2016, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party The National Alliance (TNA), Deputy President…

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Zimbabwe’s former director arrested over graft

Zimbabwe’s newly constituted anti-corruption commission on Tuesday nabbed former Principal Director Monitoring and Evaluation in the office of the President and Cabinet Douglas Tapfuma on allegations of engaging in corruption. Tapfuma is accused of importing illegally a fleet of vehicles purported to belong to the government. According to state-owned daily the Herald, Mr Tapfuma misused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s name and letters from the President’s office to import vehicles for himself, friends and relatives without paying duties. The paper further…

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