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Statement of ICC Prosecutor to the United Nations Security Council on the Situation in Libya, pursuant to UNSCR 1970 (2011)

17 May 2021 Mr President, Your Excellencies, 1.         It is a pleasure to once again engage with the Council, albeit virtually, due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing is my last before this Council on the Libya situation before the end of my mandate on the 15th of June. I would have preferred to be with you in person but the pandemic has forced us all to adapt and to find new ways of continuing our work. In…

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Ivory Coast: The office of Prime Minister and the abysmal omen

Ordinarily, the prime minister’s office in many countries is powerful; it is a position everyone would dream of and do everything to occupy. Sure, the second in command, after the President. Ask Kamala Harris and the likes; they would wholeheartedly tell you it is a political position some would rather die for to reach. Die for, or perhaps die in, if you are familiar with the political climate of Ivory Coast. Hum!  For sure, it is a desirable influential…

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Kenya: The Other Side of the High Court’s Verdict

It came perhaps unexpectedly to President Uhuru Kenyatta and many Kenyans – positively or otherwise. Call it an explosive verdict. An audacious slap on the face of the President, you may say, but wait for a second; that may be a speculative conclusion to make. Yes, Kenya’s High Court had boldly dismissed the government-sponsored constitutional amendment bill, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which would have expanded the executive and Parliament, and labelled it illegal and unconstitutional.  That is not…

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Road Accidents and Preventable Deaths

Road accidents are a significant problem facing the world for decades, and their consequences are heart-wrenching. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) figures, even though road accidents have affected numerous people worldwide, the survival chances are higher in high-income countries than in low and middle-income countries. That is a good reason for concern. The WHO 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety noted that the proportion of patients who die before reaching a hospital in emerging countries is…

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Dominic Ongwen sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment

Dominic Ongwen during the delivery of the sentence before the International Criminal Court on 6 May 2021 ©ICC-CPI Today, 6 May 2021, Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) sentenced Dominic Ongwen to 25 years of imprisonment following the Trial Judgment in which the Chamber found him guilty for a total of 61 crimes comprising crimes against humanity and war crimes, committed in Northern Uganda between 1 July 2002 and 31 December 2005. The period…

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Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage

The Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have divorced after 27 years of marriage. In a Twitter message, the couple announced they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple.” “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they added. The billionaire couple jointly runs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent billions in philanthropy.  How it all…

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ICC Principals adopt High-Level Statement on Gender Equality.

On 30 April 2021, Judge Piotr Hofmański, President of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda and ICC Registrar, Peter Lewis adopted a High-Level Statement on Gender Equality at the ICC. “We firmly believe that in order to uphold women’s rights and to reap the benefits of women’s important contributions, the perspectives of women in all of their diversity must be integrated in all spheres of the work of the Court,” the Principals affirmed….

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Proverb of the week: “Hot water does not burn down the house.” (English)

Hot water does not burn down the house (English) Maji ya moto hayachomi nyumba (Swahili / Eastern and Central Africa) This African proverb is very common amongst the Sukuma and Ngoreme tribes of Tanzania and the Kuria people in Kenya and Tanzania. Primarily, they use the saying to encourage a husband and wife that peaceful co-existence between them is vital to the success of their marriage – irrespective of arguments and challenges they encounter in their relationship. The couple must work…

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Thomas Tuchel: That Little god at Stamford Bridge with Miraculous Formula

It takes more than proven managerial experience and expertise to succeed and stay long as a manager at Chelsea. With the club’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich’s expectations, high demands and ruthless pursuit for success, which has led to unexpected hammer on the head of many iconic managers, experienced and proven managerial expertise seem not enough to guarantee a manager’s extended stay at Chelsea. You sure need guts and ambition-drive as well to survive Roman Abramovich’s un-ceremonial dismissal in his quest…

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George Floyd: Former Police Officer Derek Chauvin Found guilty.

The jury in the George Floyd murder case found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all three charges. The 12 jurors in the Hennepin County court found Mr Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. George Floyd died brutally in May 2020 after the former police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for close to 9 minutes during an arrest. His death caused outrage in the USA and led to strong protests…

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Kata Kata Ambassador Liam Katabira to Encourage literacy in Primary Schools in Uganda

In an attempt by kata kata cartoon magazine to encourage reading and writing amongst learners in primary schools in Uganda, the organisation is in talks with leading Primary Schools in the country, among them, Sir Apollo Kagwa Primary School Kisaasi, a member of a wider group under Sir Apollo Kagwa Schools. Under this program, Kata Kata youth ambassador Liam Katabira, an Old Boy (O.B) of one of the Sir Apollo Kagwa Schools, will be visiting schools to achieve Literacy…

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Ivory Coast: The Right Time To Do the Right Thing

Personally, the thought of the West African country Ivory Coast invokes conflicting images of nostalgia, quintessence, lawlessness, precariousness and uncertainty. There was once a country. Peaceful, self-reliant and economic giant a nation its citizens dreamt about. Not anymore. Greed, power drunkenness, nepotism, disregard for the rule of law, insensitive to the citizens’ plights have turned the once restful Ivory Coast into a land of instability, chaos and political uncertainty and systematically rekindled the social cognition of an average Ivorian…

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