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: 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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Al-Bashir: what the law says about South Africa’s duties

John Paul Ongeso, Strathmore University The South African government displayed an indefensible derogation of its international and domestic legal obligations when it failed to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during the African Union summit in Johannesburg and ignored a High Court order prohibiting his departure. The move has rightly sparked an outcry. The International Criminal …

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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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