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ISS: Pretoria once again on the horns of an ICC dilemma

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Just as South Africa was done rescinding its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the saga of former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir’s...

South Africa remains ICC participant, government says in turnaround

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The Presidency has moved to clarify that South Africa remains a signatory to the Rome Statute and a participant in the International Criminal Court...

Maxime Mokom: the man from the Central African Republic on trial...

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The Central African Republic (CAR) descended into conflict in 2013 when Seleka rebels deposed then President François Bozizé. Seleka rebels claimed to stand for the...

ICC case against Kenyan lawyer Gicheru: it matters, but not for...

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The trial of Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru began in mid February 2022 at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The charges against him relate to...

Gbagbo “free to return” to Ivory Coast following acquittal, president says

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Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and one of his close allies have permission to return home following their acquittal on charges of crimes...

ICC judges uphold ex-Congolese militia leader’s war crimes conviction

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Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court upheld on Tuesday the conviction of former Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda for war crimes and crimes...

Sudanese militia leader Musa Hilal freed after pardon

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A Sudanese militia leader accused by rights groups of atrocities in Darfur was released from a Khartoum prison on Wednesday following a pardon by...

Central African Republic suspect to fight war crimes allegations at ICC-lawyer

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A former Central African Republic “Seleka” faction commander suspected of war crimes intends to contest allegations brought at the International Criminal Court, his lawyer...

ICC has arrested Central African Republic war crimes suspect Said: statement

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The International Criminal Court on Sunday said it had taken into custody a former Central African Republic commander of the “Seleka” faction suspected of...

Uganda’s Bobi Wine asks ICC to investigate rights abuses

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Uganda’s main opposition leader asked the obi  on Thursday to investigate President Yoweri Museveni and senior officials for sanctioning human rights abuses in the...

Lawyer surrenders, accused of bribing witnesses in ICC case against Kenya...

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A lawyer turned himself in to Dutch authorities on Monday to face accusations at the International Criminal Court of bribing witnesses in a trial...

Sudan’s premier backs demands for justice as ICC prosecutor visits

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ha said on Sunday his government was committed to achieving justice as an International Criminal Court (ICC) delegation visited for the first time since...

Sudan ready to cooperate with ICC over Darfur, says PM

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Sudan’s prime minister said on Saturday the country was ready to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) so those accused of war crimes...

Sudan finds mass grave believed to have bodies of officers executed...

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Sudan has found a mass grave that most likely contains remains of 28 army officers executed in 1990 for plotting an attempted coup against...

Malian accused of Timbuktu war crimes refuses to enter plea

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A Malian Islamist rebel accused of being central to the “persecution” of residents of Timbuktu and the destruction of the city’s holy grounds refused...

International Criminal Court members defend it in face of US sanctions

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Over half the member states of the International Criminal Court defended the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal on Tuesday in a diplomatic response...

ICC prosecutors cite grave errors in Gbagbo acquittal at start of...

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Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) said “grave errors” were made in acquittal last year of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, as...

International Criminal Court describes US sanctions as threats, coercion

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The International Criminal Court said on Thursday US President Donald Trump's authorization of economic and travel sanctions against ICC employees amounted to threats and...

ISS: The ICC is as strong as the support it gets...

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The creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) 20 years ago today marked the beginning of the end of an era of...

ISS: South Africa’s squandered chance to show real leadership

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Last year South Africa announced its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). But the country's efforts were stalled when...

ISS: Will other African countries follow Burundi out of the ICC?

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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been authorised to begin investigations into alleged crimes against humanity in Burundi between...

ISS: The real problem behind South Africa’s refusal to arrest al-Bashir

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Last week the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that South Africa erred in its decision not to arrest Sudanese...

War crimes court to rule on South Africa’s failure to arrest...

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Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will rule on Thursday on whether South Africa violated ICC rules by failing to arrest...

ISS: Clutching at straws – SA’s reasons for not arresting al-Bashir

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In the first public hearing of its kind, the South African government explained to the International Criminal Court (ICC) why it failed...

South Africa defends decision to ignore ICC’s Bashir arrest warrant

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South Africa told the International Criminal Court on Friday that it believed it was under no obligation to arrest Sudanese President Omar...

South Africa asked to appear at ICC in April over Sudan’s...

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South African authorities have been asked to appear at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 7 over the failure to arrest...

Under fire, ICC prosecutor says to uphold fight against atrocities

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The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said her investigations into alleged war crimes would not be impacted by the plans of three African...

Africa’s ICC concerns are ignored at everyone’s peril – ISS

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The concerns of African states with the International Criminal Court (ICC) are well publicised, but often badly understood and all too easily...

ISS: Sticking with the ICC is Africa’s best shot at reform

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Today, 16 November, the 15th Session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court...

ISS: Where does the ICC go from here?

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It's been a long, hard couple of weeks for the International Criminal Court (ICC). The trouble began with the announcement that Burundi...

Stay and fix the ICC, AU hopeful urges peers

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African states unhappy with the International Criminal Court (ICC) should work to reform it from within rather than pulling out, Botswanan foreign...

Gambia announces withdrawal from International Criminal Court

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The government of Gambia said on Tuesday it was withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, accusing the world body of ignoring the...

South Africa to quit ICC

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South Africa is pulling out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because its obligations are inconsistent with laws giving sitting leaders diplomatic...

ISS: How can Africa keep witnesses safer?

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‘I just couldn't bring myself to look at his body again; it was so badly mutilated... I couldn't recognise him at first,'...

ICC prosecutor vows to investigate both sides in Ivory Coast

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The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said on Friday she would investigate crimes committed on both sides of Ivory Coast's civil war...

ISS: Beyond the ICC – how international criminal justice can thrive...

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The international criminal justice system has been developing at an exponential rate; and Africa remains a wellspring of such developments. At the...

ICC to probe Burundi clashes: prosecutor

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The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said on Monday she was opening a preliminary probe into the violence that has wracked Burundi, killing...

ISS: Think again – In adversity there is opportunity for the...

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On 4 April, the International Criminal Court (ICC) suffered the most significant setback in its nearly 14 years of existence. In a...

Kenya’s Ruto says ICC case collapsed because he’s innocent

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Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto said on Friday that the International Criminal Court's case against him and broadcaster Joshua Sang collapsed this...

International Criminal Court throws out charges against Kenyan deputy president

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Judges at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday threw out post-election violence charges against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, giving him a...

ISS: Bemba – condemned for commanding a rebellion

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On Monday 21 March, the International Criminal Court (ICC) found former Congolese vice-president and former rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of war...

ICC convicts Congolese politician on Central African war crimes

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Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba became the highest-ranking political leader to face a verdict from the International Criminal Court on Monday, found guilty...

South African government loses appeal over failure to arrest Bashir

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South Africa's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by the government against a ruling that the state had made an error...

ISS: Can Gbagbo’s ICC trial quench Côte d’Ivoire’s thirst for justice?

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On Monday, 7 March, the trial of Laurent Gbagbo resumed at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The former Ivorian president and his...

UN gathers Libya war crimes evidence, calls for ICC action

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All sides in Libya have committed war crimes and other human rights abuses in the past two years and those responsible should...

ISS: Think Again – a glimmer of good news for the...

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2015 was a difficult year for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Africa. It began with the dropping of charges against Kenyan...

Ivorian ex-president’s war crimes trial opens, supporters protest

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Hundreds of supporters of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo gathered outside the International Criminal Court on Thursday as he went on...

ICC promises to probe all sides in 2010 Ivory Coast war

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The International Criminal Court's prosecutor vowed on Wednesday to "leave no stone unturned" in investigating alleged crimes committed by all sides in...

ICC says ‘intensified’ probe into Ivory Coast’s president’s supporters

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The International Criminal Court's prosecutors have intensified their investigations into supporters of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said...

Ivory Coast ex-president’s trial to begin, in test for Hague court

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Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo goes on trial at the International Criminal Court on Thursday, the most senior politician to do...