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Kata Kata’s Exclusive Interview With the ICC Chief Prosecutor Dr. Fatou Bensouda (Part 1)

Recently, our research has shown that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is perceived negatively in many quarters. More worrisome still, almost 80% of our respondents do, in fact, not know clearly what the organization stands for or its legal boundary. It is a common belief amongst many that the ICC is not only an aggressor, but it is also equally regarded as the imperialistic tool of the West. That is not all. The International Criminal Court hinders political and…

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Cameroon stripped of hosting 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Cameroon has been stripped of hosting next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, which is due to start in June because of delays in the progress of preparation for the tournament. The decision was made by the African football’s governing body (Caf) on Friday after a marathon meeting in Accra, Ghana. Making the decision known, the Caf President Ahmad Ahmad intimated that a new country would be chosen before the end of the year to organise the tournament. The delays…

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International Gender Champions: ICC leaders join in pioneering initiative to break down gender barriers

In an important initiative to break down gender barriers at all levels, top officials of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) – President Chile Eboe-Osuji, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, and Registrar Peter Lewis – have joined the “International Gender Champions” network. This global leadership network brings together decision-makers determined to break down gender barriers and make gender equality a working reality in their spheres of influence. “The International Criminal Court needs to reflect in all its relevant policies…

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Kenya Police “shoot” to rescue detained alleged corrupt colleagues

More often than none, solidarity can be inseparable from sharing a common interest. That interest could range from human rights, democracy or even corruption, including stealing. With a common interest, even though it might sound like a scene from a movie, it is entirely not very strange to see armed robbers shooting their way like Mr. Rambo, all in an attempt to free their colleague, who might otherwise be in danger. Call it a true brothers in arms scene….

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Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Today, around the world an annual call is renewed to end the horrific reality of violence against women. It is unacceptable, not least in the 21st century that women and girls in every corner of the globe continue to face the prospect of violence. Among the chilling range of violence committed against them are sexual and gender-based crimes in the context of war and conflict. Girls taken from their homes, from their schools, raped, used as sex slaves, forced…

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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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