Africa US World 

US lifts sanctions against Gambia’s Fatou Bensouda

In a statement Mr Blinken said Washington continued to “disagree strongly with the ICC’s actions relating to the Afghanistan and Palestinian situations”, and that it objected to the ICC’s “efforts to assert jurisdiction over personnel of non-States Parties such as the United States and Israel”. – – “We believe, however, that our concerns about these cases would be better addressed through engagement with all stakeholders in the ICC process rather than through the imposition of sanctions,” he said. Fatou Bensouda was elected ICC’s chief prosecutor in 2011, replacing the Argentine…

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Africa Gambia World 

ICC elects Britain’s Karim Khan as next chief prosecutor

– – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has elected a British Barrister Karim Khan as its new chief prosecutor. Karim Khan was elected by the court’s 131 member states at the UN in New York. He will replace Fatou Bensouda from the Gambia when her tenure expires in June this year. Mr. Khan was one of only four candidates that contested the election after five other candidates, including a Nigerian and Uganda judge dropped out of the process. Karim Khan was the lawyer who represented Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto…

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Human Rights Sudan 

ICC Statement on Sudan: “There is an urgent need for justice in Sudan”

The victims in Darfur have waited far too long to have justice, Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, at a media briefing in Khartoum, Sudan: “There is an urgent need for justice in Sudan; sustainable peace and reconciliation are built on the stabilizing pillar of justice” THE HAGUE, Netherlands, October 21, 2020/ — Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for being here today at this media briefing. I am grateful for this opportunity to reach out, through you, to the people of Sudan. My name is…

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Africa West Africa World 

Guinea: ICC prosecutor warns of trials over clashes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has warned the government and the opposition in Guinea that they could face possible trials over ongoing protests and deadly clashes. At least 16 civilians have been killed since last month during demonstrations sparked by believes that President Alpha Condé intends running for office again. The protesters led by the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of politicians and activists are opposing a possible constitutional change that could let Conde seek a third term. But the ICC‘s Chief Prosecutor, Fatou…

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Africa Featured Ivory Coast West Africa World 

ICC prosecutor appeals Laurent Gbagbo’s release

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda on Monday appealed the acquittal of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo’s freedom was granted by judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) early this year. He now stays in Belgium following his acquittal by the Court. That acquittal at the time was to be appealed by the prosecutors at the ICC. The judges at the ICC however agreed to release Mr. Gbagbo from detention under certain conditions. Mr. Gbagbo’s release was to be implemented provided he is accepted…

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