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Fighting Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Through the resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the United Nations General Assembly declared 26 June the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The aim is to create awareness of the danger of drug abuse and illicit trafficking and put action and cooperation in place to achieve a drug-free society. Simply put, drug abuse means using illegal drugs or prescription or over-the-counter medicines in excessive amount or for other purposes than they are intended to be used….

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South Africa Riots: Reminiscent of the USA Insurrection?

Observers of the political situation in South Africa have reacted with shock at the recent violence that has engulfed the country, sparked by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma. As of Thursday, more than 212 people have lost their lives, and at least 800 retail shops looted in KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Zuma’s home province, with an estimated $1bn (£720m) worth of stock stolen, according to the official report. Facing food shortages after days of widespread riots and looting, the…

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Paul Gicheru case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber confirms charges and commits suspect to trial

Pre-Trial Chamber A (Article 70) of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) has on 15 July 2021, confirmed the charges of offences against the administration of justice against Paul Gicheru and committed him to trial. Pre-Trial Chamber A, composed of Judge Reine Adélaïde Sophie Alapini-Gansou, based its decision on the evidence and submissions presented by the Prosecutor and the Defence.   The Chamber found that there are substantial grounds to believe that Mr Gicheru committed, as a co-perpetrator,…

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Abd-Al-Rahman case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II confirms charges and commits suspect to trial

Today, 9 July 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) unanimously, issued a decision confirming all the charges brought by the Prosecutor against Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) and committed him to trial before a Trial Chamber.  Pre-Trial Chamber II, composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Presiding judge), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane, found that there are substantial grounds to believe that Mr Abd-Al-Rahman is responsible for 31 counts of…

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Al Hassan case: Appeals Chamber confirms the decision on possible re-characterisation of alleged facts

Today, 1 July 2021, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) delivered its judgment unanimously confirming the decision of Trial Chamber X of 17 December 2020 entitled “Decision on application for notice of possibility of variation of legal characterisation pursuant to Regulation 55(2) of the Regulations of the Court” in the case the Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud. Presiding Judge in this appeal, Judge Luz del Carmen Ibáñez…

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Breaking News: ex-President Jacob Zuma sentenced to 15 months in prison

South Africa’s Court has sentenced the country’s former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison.   The Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country, found him guilty of contempt of court, following the refusal of the former president to appear before it to answer charges related to corruption allegations against him during his presidency.  Mr Zuma’s time as president, which ended in 2018, was eclipsed by corruption allegations and scandals, including rape accusations and allegedly conniving with politicians…

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Kids’ Corner: Common foods that can choke children

Arguably, it is the joy of every parent to see their child happy and healthy. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), a baby needs to be fed on the mother’s breast milk a minimum of 6 months before the child can start feeding on solid food.  How can you know that your baby is ready for solid food? Child experts mentioned sure signs such as when the child starts holding the head in a steady and upright…

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Erectile Dysfunction: A condition that frustrates men

Some would call it men’s ego, and others name it machoism or male chauvinism; regardless, one of the most embarrassing moments for many men is when they cannot perform in the bedroom with a lady. Poor sex performance on the part of men can be demoralizing, resulting in low-esteem and embarrassment, unworthiness, and sometimes unattractiveness. On the other hand, most women hardly take it kindly if a man cannot satisfy them sexually. Available research has shown that in the…

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Mozambique: Female Inmates Turned into Prostitutes by Prison Officials

Call it a correctional centre or reformatory institute. You would think that the purpose of sending one to a penitentiary is to inculcate attitudinal and behavioural change aimed towards making them become a better person. But not always in Mozambique. Not necessarily so presently. Yes, a better person, ideally. Or something worse, perhaps, if you end up in a Mozambique prison.  Recent horrifying reports from Mozambique reveal that staff at a women’s prison in the country have been forcing…

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Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC sworn in as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

Today, 16 June 2021, Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC gave his solemn undertaking and formally took office as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) during a ceremony held at the Seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. Mr Khan, a national of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was elected as ICC Prosecutor on 12 February 2021, for a nine-year term, at the second resumed the nineteenth session…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Statement on her request to open an investigation of the Situation in the Philippines

Today, I announce that the preliminary examination into the situation in the Republic of the Philippines (“the Philippines”) has concluded and that I have requested judicial authorisation to proceed with an investigation. As I stated in December 2019, at the annual session of the Assembly of States Parties, before I end my term as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), I intend to reach determinations on all situations that have been under preliminary examination during…

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