South Africa Announces Withdrawal From International Criminal Court
The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first permanent international court with…
Source: The Court of Last Resort.
The case file against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is seen at the North Gauteng High court in Pretoria, South Africa, in June 2015 as a judge criticized the government for allowing Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, to leave the country. Now South Africa has announced it is leaving the ICC.
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Kenya is the latest Africa country to pull out of the International Criminal Court following the withdrawal announcement Friday by South Africa, considered a bastion of respect for human rights since the end of apartheid.
EXACTLY what I was thinking and here it is:
It was an inexcusable mistake for the court not to pursue other cases. It wouldn’t have been tokenism, because there are, unfortunately, plenty of non-African war criminals. Yet even if it were, the tokenism would have been justified to show that the court is more than the imperialist agent of regime change that many Africans consider it (afkinsider.com).
“Always ask yourself, ‘Who stands to benefit?’ every time a decision [by the International Criminal Court (ICC)] is taken to prosecute a particular leader or not prosecute someone else.”
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