It is a court of last resort ready to step in if everything else fails, and over the past ten years it has gained wide recognition for its work. At the same time the Rome Statute system is lacking enforcement mechanisms in cases of a refusal to cooperate.
Soon the ICC will celebrate its 11th anniversary. It is a good time to take another look at the Rome Statute system and to focus on some aspects of it that need special focus. One of them is how states are equipped to exercise their primary jurisdiction over atrocity crimes.
Africa is just like the West and needs to be treated as such. Yes, just like us when it comes to the crimes/justice that the ICC is tasked with. Justice demands a level playing field. Justice demands this because without justice before the bar we all become shadows.
Kenya is the staunchest and most docile proxy of the two countries' regional war on terror, so it makes sense to think that they would worry about the implications of working with a president accused of crimes against humanity.
Uhuru Kenyatta's disputed election to the presidency of Kenya earlier this month raises a host of questions regarding its legality, Kenyatta's indictment at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and whether Kenya will become isolated as a result.
Israeli military law imposed in the occupied West Bank places sweeping and arbitrary restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. This makes any unauthorized peaceful protest by Palestinians a criminal offence.
Calls for change ironically resulted in a reactionary response toward women, a reversion to a diminished status. Did the Muslim Brotherhood seek to dampen the breadth and depth of the Conference's outcome, at least as it could apply to Egypt and other Arab states?
Whether one perceives the U.S. as a force for good or imperial power, the UN's agenda is inevitably shaped by its veto-wielding powers, either by action or inaction. The UN is frequently injected into issues that serve the interests of its most powerful members.
The UN needs to take tougher action on member states that deliberately disrespect their obligations. This will hopefully deter other suspects from Darfur, Sudan from visiting other member states of the UN.
Poaching has been intermittently addressed by the UN Security Council as part of the conflicts and broad human rights abuses cited. However, is poaching and the illegal trade the motivation rather than just the means?
There has been a sea change in the mindsets of ordinary Kenyans that in large part is the result of government reforms and transformation of its media. We are heartened that Kenya's next election is unlikely to provoke the extreme levels of ethnic violence that followed the last contest.
When Kofi Annan last spring assumed the role of UN and Arab League Special Envoy for Syria, the lessons he learned as head of UN Peacekeeping during the Srebrenica genocide should have provided a compass for his new mandate.
The visit of a president to a neighboring country should not be breaking news, unless the visiting president happens to be subject to an arrest warrant for heinous crimes and the host country is a state party to the Court that issued those warrants.
The stated reasons for the Pope's abdication must be part of the story, but they are the least relevant elements. More significant is the evidence linking crimes to the Vatican. In the abuse scandal, all roads do lead to Rome.
President Omar Al-Bashir will be visiting Chad this coming weekend to participate in the Summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States. The Sudanese president is subject to two arrest warrants for atrocities committed against his own people in Darfur.