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Title:Africa and the International Criminal Court
Authors:Ogunfolu, Adedokun
Assim, MariaISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:International Criminal Court
offences against human rights
international law
Abstract:Since the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002, its work has generated a lot of debate, criticism and controversy. This is largely due to the perception that the ICC seems to be functioning most actively against human rights atrocities in African states, while situations in other regions of the world receive much less attention. Nevertheless, the ICC has made major contributions to the development of International Law generally and International Humanitarian Law in particular, especially in the context of genocide and crimes against humanity such as systemic rape. A number of cases before the ICC has emanated from Africa, including cases from Libya (Gadaffi), Sudan (Al Bashir), the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda (the Lord's Resistance Army), Côte d'Ivoire (Gbagbo), and Kenya. Some of the non-African cases that are being investigated include Afghanistan, Colombia, Georgia, Honduras, and Korea. The governments of the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda referred situations in their countries to the ICC. Until violent conflicts are eliminated in Africa, the ICC will continue to pursue more cases as they fall within its mandate. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]