Latest News:

Democratic National Convention: What to watch for at Biden’s nomination party -

Monday, August 17, 2020

Republicans dismiss Trump proposal to delay election -

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Obama calls filibuster ‘Jim Crow relic,’ backs new Voting Rights Act bill -

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Donald Trump suggests delay to 2020 US presidential election -

Thursday, July 30, 2020

US teenager wins $3m playing computer game Fortnite -

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Dozens of mourners ‘killed by Boko Haram’ at a funeral in north Nigeria -

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Dan Coats, Trump’s top intel official, to depart White House -

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Donald Trump’s power dynamic with Nancy Pelosi will be on full display at the State of the Union -

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Pennsylvania poll: Clinton up by 9 points – QuestCinq.com -

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Your Ports!! – QuestCinq.com -

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

In shadow of Brexit, NATO considers Russian deterrence – QuestCinq.com -

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Italy vs Spain,England vs Iceland; Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays – QuestCinq.com -

Monday, June 27, 2016

Foreign diplomats voicing alarm to U.S. officials about Trump – QuestCinq.com -

Monday, March 7, 2016

Trump grants press credentials to ‘pro-white’ radio show host – QuestCinq.com -

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Supreme Court rejects Arizona sheriff’s appeal on immigration – QuestCinq.com -

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal ‘own goal’ – QuestCinq.com -

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

ObamaCare supporters see wall of resistance cracking in South – QuestCinq.com -

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Attaque revendiquée par l’EI au Bangladesh: un mort et 80 blessés -

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Russia says wants Syria elections, ready to help Free Syrian Army -

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Hillary Clinton calls Republican’s impeachment vow ‘pathetic’ -

Saturday, October 24, 2015

African Union urges ICC to drop cases against leaders

QuestCinq.com/News

–The current presidents of Kenya and Sudan both face ICC trials, and African leaders have long complained that the court unfairly targets them.

The AU meeting in Ethiopia had discussed withdrawing from the ICC, but the idea failed to gain support.

Senior figures including Kofi Annan have criticised plans to quit the ICC.

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists: “Sitting heads of state and government should not be prosecuted while in office.

ICC in brief

Fatou Bensouda

  • Set up in 2002 in The Hague
  • Deals with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes
  • Court statute ratified by 122 countries, including 34 in Africa
  • Chief Prosecutor is Gambian Fatou Bensouda (pictured)
  • DR Congo militia leader Thomas Lubanga is the only person to be convicted so far
  • Investigating cases in Uganda, DR Congo, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Kenya, Libya, Mali and Ivory Coast

Source: ICC website

Continue reading the main story

“We have resolved to speak with one voice to make sure that our concerns are heard loud and clear.”

The AU summit in Addis Ababa is expected to formally adopt the request later.

The Ethiopian foreign minister said the AU would ask for the trials of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir to be deferred.

He also said the AU would ask for a deferral of the trial of Mr Kenyatta’s deputy, William Ruto.

Both Kenyan leaders deny charges of organising violence after the 2007 election.

The ICC issued a warrant in 2009 for Mr Bashir over alleged war crimes in the Darfur region, but he has not yet been arrested.

The ICC relies on the authorities of national governments to hand over suspects, but Mr Bashir has avoided arrest despite travelling to countries that have signed up to the ICC statute.

Mr Tedros, who is the current chairman of the AU’s Executive Council, said the ICC was “condescending” towards the continent.

“The court has transformed itself into a political instrument targeting Africa and Africans. This unfair and unjust treatment is totally unacceptable,” he said.

He said that the ICC had failed to respond to the African Union’s previous complaints and said the issue should be referred to the UN Security Council.

Thirty-four of the AU’s 54 members have signed up to the ICC.

Kenya’s parliament has already passed a motion for the country to withdraw.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that withdrawing from the court would be a “badge of shame”.

Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has also voiced his support for the ICC.

“Those leaders seeking to skirt the court are effectively looking for a license to kill, maim and oppress their own people without consequence,” he wrote in an article carried by several newspapers.

“They simply vilify the institution as racist and unjust, as Hermann Goering and his fellow Nazi defendants vilified the Nuremberg tribunals following World War II.”

All eight of the cases currently open at the ICC are in Africa but it is also investigating possible cases elsewhere

Source:BBC

Comments are closed.

Yahoo! Status Checker by Techya