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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Statement on the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers

This International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers serves as a bleak reminder that around the world today, girls and boys in their tens of thousands are still being forced to fight and die as soldiers in wars. Children should have no part in armed conflict. Today, and every day, we must reinforce our collective resolve for urgent action to eradicate the practice and its horrendous consequences. In July 1998, the international community reaffirmed its commitment to put…

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Breaking News: Sudan agrees to hand over ex-president Omar al-Bashir to the ICC

In what could be seen as the turning point in the revolution that led to the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir’s brutal regime in Sudan, the country’s rulers have agreed to hand over the ex-president, to the International Criminal Court  (ICC) The decision to hand over dictator Omar al-Bashir, who was removed from power in April last year, after 30 years of brutality, genocide, oppression and excessive human rights abuses, came as a result of peace talks between Sudan’s government…

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Malawi: Cancellation of Presidential election “birth” or “death of democracy”?

Following the annulment on Monday, of the result of the last May election in Malawi, where the incumbent President Peter Mutharika was declared the winner, Mr Mutharika has labelled the verdict of the country’s Constitutional Court as the beginning of the “death of Malawi’s democracy”. The decision of the Constitutional Court was based on its findings, which made the court declare the final results of the election unreliable and corrupt. The judges of the court cited vote-tampering and the…

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Justice in Guinea: ICC welcomes construction of new Courtroom

The ICC Chief Prosecutor Bensouda reacts to the construction of a new courtroom in Conakry, Guinea. Her statement: I welcome the recent news on the official start of construction, within the premises of the Appeals Court of Conakry, of a new courtroom to host the trial of the events of 28 September 2009 at the Conakry stadium, which is the focus of my Office’s ongoing preliminary examination in the situation in Guinea. This is an important step forward in…

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International Criminal Court Marks Opening of the Judicial Year 2020

On 23 January 2020, the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) marked the opening of its judicial year with a Special Session at the seat of the Court in The Hague, Netherlands, featuring keynote speaker Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Hon. Patricia Scotland QC. The event gathered senior judges representing national jurisdictions as well as regional or international courts, and members of the diplomatic corps, civil society and international organisations.  In her keynote address, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Hon….

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Palestine: ICC rules on Prosecutor’s request for an extension of the page limit

Today, 21 January 2020, the Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) rendered a decision on the Prosecutor’s ‘Application for extension of pages for request under article 19(3) of the Rome Statute’ in the Situation in the State of Palestine. The Chamber found that exceptional circumstances existed justifying an extension of the page limit, and therefore granted the Request for an extension of the page limit. However, Pre-Trial Chamber I found that it was inappropriate…

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Africa: Risky insurance coverage against prosecution

Looking at the African society and its social-political gridlock, some have classified the continent as arguably very unique and interesting. Yes, unique and interesting, in the sense that either most African leaders are too nimble-witted that they can easily indoctrinate, brainwash or proselytize an average African or the leaders’ voracious greed effectively blocks their thinking faculty. Whatever the case may be, the one undeniable fact is that the last item that seems to occupy the priority list of most…

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Omar al-Bashir : “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred in their bones”

  If there is one thing about history, it is the fact that often the evil acts of human beings are more easily remembered than their good deeds. Secondly, human beings have repeatedly failed to learn from history or use it as a mirror of correction, despite this obvious reality that human’s bad deeds are often judged harshly by history. How true is this in Mark Antony’s speech in William Shakespeare Julius Caesar? A lot. Even though William Shakespeare…

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Conclusion of preliminary examination of the situation in Palestine in English, French, Arabic, Hebrew

Statement: 20 December 2019 Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Palestine, and seeking a ruling on the scope of the Court’s territorial jurisdiction Audio and video ·      You Tube (for viewing) ·      Vidéo (MPEG-4) for download ·      Audio (MPEG-3) for download Today, I announce that following a thorough, independent and objective assessment of all reliable information available to my Office, the preliminary examination into the Situation in Palestine…

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Right or Wrong: Searching for the truth

Meaning is individual. What is right or wrong depends on the speaker and the opinion itself is influenced by the world-view, background, education, group membership, belief, ideologies and other “makeups” of the speaker. Hum. Getting complicated, some would say. So how would one know what is right or wrong? Perhaps, that complexity or multiplicity of meaning explains the war or words going on between the US ambassador to Zambia and President Edgar Lungu of Zambia.  Well, at the end…

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Yekatom and Ngaïssona case: ICC confirms part of the charges, commits suspects to trial

Today, 11 December 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) issued a unanimous decision partially confirming the charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity brought by the Prosecutor against Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona and committed them to trial before a Trial Chamber. In view of ensuring protection of victims and witnesses, the decision is confidential and a redacted version of it will be published in due course. Pre-Trial Chamber II, composed of…

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Proverb of the week: Cows are born with ears; later they grow horns.

Ngora inlingino nanine; ndobagi nalobehe ngoba. (Nuba-Tira, Sudan) Cows are born with ears; later they grow horns. (English) Generally, Children are expected to be taken care of when they are young, while they are, on the other hand, required to listen to their parents and elders from whom the children learn their life experience. Life is a mysterious journey, full of uncharted and fortuitous dangers. The Nuba-Tira group in Sudan uses this proverb to encourage children not to scorn…

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