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ICC Presidency assigns the Situation in Bangladesh/ Myanmar to Pre-Trial Chamber III

The Presidency of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) has constituted Pre-Trial Chamber III, composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia and Judge Geoffrey Henderson and assigned to it the Situation in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh/Republic of the Union of Myanmar. This decision follows a notice by the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, informing the Presidency of her intention to submit a request for an authorisation to open an investigation into this Situation.  The Prosecutor…

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AFCON 2019: Nigeria camp rumble as players protest

Super Eagles players boycotted Tuesday’s pre-match conference and were also looking to boycott Tuesday evening’s training. The row could add distraction to Nigeria’s preparation for Wednesday’s match against Guinea.  The protest is over allowances. Only coach Gernot Rohr attended the statutory Tuesday’s pre-match media conference organised by the confederation of African Football. When journalists queried the players absence Rohr said: “The players had to stay back for an important meeting.” Ahmed Musa was billed to attend with Rohr but…

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Ethiopia Amhara Unrest: ‘coup ringleader killed’

Latest reports from Ethiopia said the suspected ringleader of Saturday’s failed coup attempt in the country’s Amhara region, which claimed the life of Ethiopia’s army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen has been killed by police. The suspected coup leader Brig-Gen Asaminew Tsige was shot dead on the outskirts of Bahir Dar, Amhara’s capital, according to the latest reports. Many other coup plotters have been arrested. Both Ethiopia’s army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen and Mr Ambachew Mekonnen, the governor of the…

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Ntaganda case: Trial Chamber VI to deliver judgment on 8 July 2019

Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver its Judgment in the case of The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda during a public hearing on 8 July 2019, at 10:00 (The Hague local time) at the seat of the Court in The Hague (The Netherlands). At the hearing, the Trial Chamber will announce whether it finds the accused innocent or guilty of the charges, beyond reasonable doubt. Trial Chamber VI is composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Presiding…

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Unrest in Ethiopia: Chief of army shot by “mercenaries”

Ethiopia’s Army Chief of Staff General Seare Mekonnen has been shot following the unrest in the Amhara region of the country. Revealing the news on TV, dressed in military fatigues, the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the defence chief of staff has been attacked by “mercenaries” in the northern regional capital Bahir Dar, but the Prime Minister did not give any further details. However, the government in Addis Abebe had earlier said there had been an “attempted coup” in…

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Statement to the United Nations Security Council on the Situation in Darfur, pursuant to UNSCR 1593 (2005)

19 June 2019 Mr President, Allow me to begin by offering my congratulations to Kuwait for holding the Presidency of this Council for the month of June, and presiding over this briefing on the situation in Darfur, Sudan pursuant to Resolution 1593. Mr President, Your Excellencies, As we are all aware, following months of anti-government protests, and the removal from power of Mr Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir on the 11th of April, the Republic of the Sudan is…

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African Traditional Wedding Attire

The marriage between a man and a woman is a special celebration of the natural continuity of life in every part of Africa. African weddings are unique and joyful; a huge family affair, and an undertaking everyone participates in. It also brings families together as well as enables people to reconnect with friends. Having said that, African wedding attires are magnificent outfits that make a wedding ceremony standout. The outfits are made of fabrics that are usually unique to…

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King of Lesotho visits International Criminal Court

Left to right: ICC Registrar Peter Lewis, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, His Majesty Letsie III King of Lesotho, ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, ICC Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart, ICC First Vice President Judge Robert Fremr, and ICC Second Vice President Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut ©ICC-CPI On 17 June 2019, His Majesty Letsie III, King of Lesotho, visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) to meet with high-level officials. The King was decorated with the title of ‘Distinguished Honorary Fellow…

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Child Marriage: culture, morality and future of society

When a nation turns a child into a bride, it turns its future into a hell. Irrespective of the differences in culture, language, ethnicity, religion and geographical position, child marriage has become a global problem, which is practised in different parts of the world. From Niger, Bangladesh to Iraq, child marriage is a common practice in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and even in Europe. While some might argue that child marriage is an integral part of…

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Transfer: De Ligt set to complete €75 million move to PSG worth €12 million per year

The Dutch new Dean of defence Matthijs de Ligt is about to complete his mouth-watering transfer to the French football powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain. According to the latest report, the 19-year old Ajax player, who has become a hot cake for many European top clubs, will be signing a five-year contract with PSG, which could earn him a salary of as much as €12million gross annually. It is believed that Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax are close to reaching an agreement…

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Women’s World Cup: Super Falcons beat Korea, ready for France

African champions Nigeria did what they needed to do by throwing all they had into the game to defeat Korea Republic 2-0 on Wednesday and earn their first three points of the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the event, the Falcons set the stage for a fierce encounter with host nation France on Monday next week, as they look to reach the knockout rounds for the first time in 20 years. Having lost 3-0 to Norway in their…

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ICC holds Retreat with African States Parties in Addis Ababa

Participants of the ICC Retreat with African States Parties to the Rome Statute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 12 June 2019  On 12 June 2019, the International Criminal Court (ICC) convened a Retreat with African States Parties to the Rome Statute in Addis Ababa with the participation of the Office of Legal Counsel of the African Union and the ICC Trust Fund for Victims (TFV). The purpose of the Retreat was to continue promoting open and frank dialogue and…

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