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Africa: Euphemism or Problem of Semantics?

One of the greatest challenges I face in Africa is the ability to understand clearly the difference between the use of euphemism and identifying a semantics problem. Yes, semantics problem; or if you like, the problem of meaning or definition. For the sake of clarity, I will start by defining both terms. Put is a simpler way, semantics is the study of meaning in language, programming languages, semiotic and formal logics, while euphemism is a soft, mild, indirect, or…

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Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé verdict: Statement of the ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

In a decision this morning, two of the three Judges of Trial Chamber I of the Court in the case against Messrs Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, decided to acquit them of crimes against humanity we allege they committed based on the evidence my Office collected through its independent and objective investigations. The Judges have made their decision. The Prosecution has the right to appeal this decision. This situation involved allegations of serious crimes under the Rome Statute…

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ICC acquits Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé from all charges

Today, 15 January 2019, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), by majority, Judge Herrera Carbuccia dissenting, acquitted Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. A fully reasoned decision will be issued in writing in due course. The Prosecutor may appeal the decision after the full decision is filed. As a consequence, the Chamber ordered the release of…

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Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case: ICC gives verdict on requests for provisional release and No Case to Answer motions

The Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) has scheduled a hearing in open court on Tuesday 15 January 2019 at 11:00 (The Hague local time) to deliver its decision on the ‘Requête de la Défense de Laurent Gbagbo afin qu’un jugement d’acquittement portant sur toutes les charges soit prononcé en faveur de Laurent Gbagbo et que sa mise en liberté immédiate soit ordonnée’, on the ‘Blé Goudé Defence No Case to Answer Motion’ as…

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Indiscipline: When Indecisiveness Destroys Your Future

When Indecisiveness on Indiscipline Destroys Your Future Laws are made and meant to be obeyed. The purpose of making laws is to bring some degree of sanity and coherence in our rather incoherent, chaotic environment. But that is not enough, sanity and coherency go beyond the environmental improvement; they equally affect every part of your life – and your future.  You don’t have to crack your brain further thinking how this is the case. I’ll help explain. Without sentiments,…

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Will You Live Up To Your Dreams and Responsibilities In the Year 2019?

2018 has come to an end. It is time to count your gains and losses. Time for a sober reflection. More than anything else, the end of the year means the end of a chapter in your life. While New Year comes with new life, it equally, brings one a step to their ultimate end. It means, logically speaking, that one does not have the luxury of time in this world. That calls for an economy of your time….

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Statement by the ICC Chief Prosecutor on the recent pre-election violence in the DRC

The Congolese people will be going to the polls to partake in the presidential, legislative and provincial elections. As they do, I am concerned by the growing tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) and the risk of escalating violence that could lead to the commission of grave crimes under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (the “ICC” or the “Court”). The DRC is a State Party to the ICC. This Court was created to prosecute…

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CAR: Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, following Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona’s arrest

On Wednesday, 12 December, I welcomed the arrest of the second suspect resulting from our investigation in the Central African Republic (“CAR”) since August 2012. Mr Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona’s arrest follows Mr Alfred Yekatom’s arrest and surrender to the International Criminal Court (the “Court” or “ICC”) in November of this year.  I welcomed these arrests as important steps towards the fulfillment of my prosecutorial mandate to hold accountable those responsible for the gravest crimes in CAR no matter what side…

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Between Tradition and Gender Rights

While our present social advancement has yielded democratic dividends, amongst them,  freedom, human rights, including gender rights, ironically, the same positive social development has put a strong challenge to the culture. Instead of taking the cultural realities as a binding force, which creates some degree of coherency in the society, literacy has questioned the relevance of certain cultural entities. Yet, some have stubbornly and jealously held and looked up to the culture as an important shining light that can…

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Religion: The Need to Look at the Religion Urgently From Another Perspective

Have you ever asked yourself why you are willing and ready to insult, fight, die or kill others for the sake of religion, while you have no problems to worship or praise criminals who have stolen – and still steal –  your billions of dollars from the government with a  gun or a pen and effectively put your life and indeed that of your children and future generation in a miserable, dangerous, hopeless and precarious position? Why would you…

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Kata Kata’s Exclusive Interview With the ICC Chief Prosecutor Dr. Fatou Bensouda ( Part 3 )

Discusses amongst other issues:The President  Omar al-Bashir of Sudan case, refusal of South Africa to hand over President  Omar al-Bashir,  steps the Security Council must take in cases where the ICC member states fail to abide by its own resolutions, the alleged use of so-called “enhanced investigation tactics” or torture by the USA military in Afghanistan, prosecution of individuals from big and powerful countries like the USA, China, and Russia. Etc  Kata Kata: Some years ago, President  Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, a…

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Kata Kata’s Exclusive Interview With the ICC Chief Prosecutor Dr. Fatou Bensouda ( Part 2 )

Discusses amongst other issues, the President Uhuru Kenyatta saga, ICC alleged minimal accomplishments, intentional frustrations of the ICC’s investigations, protection of the ICC potential witnesses, ICC as a partner/victimizer, Is fear of the ICC indictment discouraging dictators from leaving power? Etc …….. Kata Kata: The withdrawal of the case against President Kenyatta of Kenya, must have been a big setback for you and your organsation as a whole. How do you feel about this setback? Bensouda: On 5 December 2014, I withdrew charges…

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