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Statement by the President of the Assembly, O-Gon Kwon, reaffirming support for the ICC

The International Criminal Court is an independent and impartial judicial institution crucial for ensuring accountability for the gravest crimes under international law. The Court is non-political and acts strictly within the legal framework of the Rome Statute, its founding treaty. The Court’s mandate is to help put an end to impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole and to bring justice to those affected by such crimes. One of the cornerstones…

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Proverb of the week: “Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat.”

Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat. ~ Akan (Ghana) Are you meant to be poor? Is your social condition “normal” and permanent? These are perhaps some of the questions you might ask yourself. With the above proverb, the Akan people of Ghana try to create that sense of consciousness amongst themselves and discourage one from accepting their negative social situation without trying hard to change it positively. To…

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That Silent Killer Called Hepatitis

Often when we talk of deadly diseases or sicknesses, our minds go to cancer, Aids, stroke, and the rest; hardly, do we think of hepatitis. Hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, which can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer, is often caused by hepatitis viruses. Other infections, auto-immune diseases, toxic substances such as alcohol and certain drugs also play a major part in causing hepatitis. What makes hepatitis deadly is the fact that…

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ICC may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh

 Today, 6 September 2018, Pre-Trial Chamber I (the “Chamber”) of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), composed of Judge Péter Kovács, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and Judge Reine Adélaïde Sophie Alapini-Gansou, decided by majority that the Court may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh. This ruling was delivered following a request submitted by the Prosecutor pursuant to article 19(3) of the Statute, who argued that, although the coercive…

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Al-Bashir case: ICC Appeals Chamber hearing submissions on legal matters raised by Jordan

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) will hold five days of hearings, from 10 to 14 September 2018, in relation to the appeal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan against the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber II on the non- compliance by Jordan with the request by the Court for the arrest and surrender of Mr Omar Al-Bashir. The Appeals Chamber will receive oral submissions on legal matters raised in this appeal from representatives of…

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The Moment of the truth

Life is everything but predictable. Your good and solid plans today may collapse tomorrow, while your present precarious situation could turn out to be stable and secure. What does that tell us? Life can be a present, wrapped in the packet of uncertainty. A good reason to utilise positively every single opportunity you have in life because you may not have the same chance again. Definitely, life comes with a moment of the truth. As a human being, you…

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Bemba et al. Case : ICC Trial Chamber VII to issue its decision on sentence on 17 September 2018

The trial Chamber VII of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) has scheduled a hearing on 17 September 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (Hague local time) to deliver its decision re-sentencing Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Mr Aimé Kilolo Musamba and Mr Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo.  Scheduling order Background: On 19 October 2016, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Aimé Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidèle Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido were found guilty of offences against the administration of justice related to intentionally corruptly influencing…

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Germany returns Namibia genocide skulls without reparations or apologies

Germany returns to Namibia the remains of nearly 30 victims killed in an uprising more than a century ago, albeit without a formal apology or reparations from Germany. The skulls and bones are mainly of the Herero and Nama peoples killed during the German genocidal campaign, which started during the uprising in 1904. An estimated 100,000 people were believed to have been mercilessly slaughtered by colonial Master Germany in what many called a genocide during the uprising. The formally…

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Who is the Captain of that sinking ship?

  There is an adage that says that you cannot have two captains on a ship. Not really, that there cannot be two captains on a ship; after all, you always have more than one in a plane. You can have two captains, but they cannot command the ship at the same time. That makes sense because having two captains commanding a ship at the same time can lead to unnecessary confusion and perhaps havoc. You may have more…

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South Africa and Land Redistribution: Justice or Victimisation?

Although the apartheid rule has officially ended in South Africa 24 years ago, following the country’s independence and the release of the former President Nelson Mandela, the global symbol of peace and moral authority from prison, white South Africans, who make up just 9% of the country’s population, still own 72% of the farmland held by individuals, according to the government’s statistics. This economic disequilibrium has given rise to calls for a fair and equitable land redistribution. While many…

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Power And Knowledge: Let God Talk To Me Directly

USENI (on the phone): Hello! Hallo!! Alooo!! Eeee even network problem reach heaven. Me, I don understand dis MTN, Airtel or Safaricom bad-bad network nonsense. VOICE FROM HEAVEN: Hello! USENI: Aloo!!  Is dat God? VOICE FROM HEAVEN: No! This is Peter! USENI: Eee! Oga Peter, how your end? Me, I wan’ speak to your Oga PETER: Who? USENI (angry): You don’ know your master again? Which kind nonsense “who” question is dat one? You servants can annoy person too…

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More Political Uncertainty in Zimbabwe as Zambia “deports MDC’s Tendai Biti to Zimbabwe”

Zambia has deported former Zimbabwean Finance minister and senior opposition politician Tendai Biti to Zimbabwe despite a court order against the move, according to his lawyer. Zambia’s government has on Wednesday, rejected Mr. Biti’s request for asylum on the ground that his reasons for the asylum were weak. Mr. Biti fled to Zambia after Zimbabwean police accused him of orchestrating violence and issued an arrest warrant for him. The opposition MDC Alliance has refused to accept Mnangagwa’s victory in…

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