July 15, 2014

Has Kenya Destroyed the ICC?

Michela Wrong, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

When the supporters of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto began systematically attacking the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a neo-colonialist institution biased against Africans in the run-up to Kenya's 2013 election, their prime concern was domestic: to ensure their champions escaped prosecution at The Hague. A publicity campaign that made clever use of social media was transformed into government policy once the two men were inaugurated president and deputy president, respectively. It then acquired diplomatic wings, with envoys from Nairobi crisscrossing the continent to drum up support, culminating with an extraordinary African Union summit last October at which it was agreed that African heads of state would no longer face ICC prosecution during terms in office.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Kenya, Africa, International Criminal Court, South Sudan, Colonialism

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

July 2, 2014
The World's Youngest State Faces Failure
Bartholomaus Grill, Der Spiegel
It was only three years ago that South Sudan celebrated its newfound independence from Sudan. Now, a civil war is tearing the young state apart amid reports of war crimes and ethnic cleansing. At the heart of the conflict is oil... more ››
July 14, 2014
Inside Ethiopia's Abortion Clinics
Miriam Berger, BuzzFeed
Nearly a decade after abortion became legal in Ethiopia, women often still have trouble finding safe and affordable access. more ››
July 14, 2014
Social Media Can't Defeat Islamist Terror
Daily Telegraph
Robust military and political methods -- not social media activism -- will be needed to defeat the global menace of Islamist terror. more ››
July 13, 2014
Africa's Big Men Betray It Still
Gerald Caplan, Globe and Mail
Are today’s leaders so clean they can grant themselves immunity from prosecution? Al-Bashir, the genocidalist Sudanese president, who still reigns after 25 years. Mugabe, still a menace to Zimbabweans after 34.... more ››
July 12, 2014
When Wall Street Went to Africa
Christiane Badgley, Foreign Policy
A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit. more ››