Al-Bashir: South Africa’s moment of glory and shame

David E Kiwuwa, Princeton University Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s decision to leave South Africa speedily to avoid arrest on an International Criminal Court (ICC) indictment while attending the 25th African Union summit was a dramatic diplomatic development. The warrant, issued in March 2009, was for various crimes against humanity including pillage, murder, extermination, torture, and …

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Africa News Headlines for 16 June 2015

Amama Mbabazi, who opposed anti-gay laws, to run for Ugandan president Source: Pink News MSDF anti-piracy mission off Somalia to be extended by another year Source: The Japan Times Nigeria’s Lousy Schools Helped Spawn Boko Haram Source: The Daily Beast Why are there so many military bases in Djibouti? Source: BBC News Reform Africa’s policies …

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Al-Bashir’s escape: why the African Union defies the ICC

Luke Moffett, Queen’s University Belfast After days of wrangling to try and have him arrested the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, has left South Africa before a court there could decide whether to arrest him. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been trying for years to have al-Bashir apprehended since charging him with the commission of …

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Africa News Headlines for 15 June 2015

Tiny Gambia has a big export: Migrants desperate to reach Europe Source: The Washington Post AGOA renewal offers great opportunities for Africa Source: Just-Style Nigeria raises alert on threat of MERS Source: StarAfrica ‘Many dead’ in Chad suicide attacks Source: iAfrica.com/AFP Best and worst airlines in South Africa Source: BusinessTech Eritrean man treks 4 000km …

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Why a great deal hangs on al-Bashir’s fate in South Africa

Gilbert M. Khadiagala, University of the Witwatersrand Nobody anticipated that the June 2015 African Union (AU) summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, would be gripped by the drama of threats to arrest Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir. In 2008, the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted al-Bashir for war crimes committed in the conflict in Darfur. The war led …

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