South Africa’s withdrawal is not death-knell for ICC

Matt Killingsworth, University of Tasmania The South African government has announced its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The announcement comes just over a week after Burundi said it would also start the process of withdrawing from the court. The establishment of the court in 2002 was greeted enthusiastically by many African …

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Exiting the ICC: South Africa betrays world, its own history

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria Once upon a time there was a country the majority of whose people were oppressed and systematically discriminated against by a minority regime. The violation of human rights was a structural feature of its system, euphemistically called “separate development”. The execution of power claimed to be based on the rule …

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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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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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Why Africa needs Buhari and Zuma to forge a strong alliance

Gilbert M. Khadiagala, University of the Witwatersrand Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration as Nigeria’s president presents new opportunities for reinvigorating relations between Nigeria and South Africa, the continent’s biggest economies. Since the 1990s, the collective leadership of Nigeria and South Africa has been vital in providing the foundations for African renewal, the creation of institutions on the …

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