October 11, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- A top African Union official said the International Criminal Court was a "political instrument" with a condescending approach to Africa, as African leaders gathered in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss the court. The extraordinary meeting to talk about the court's relationship with Africa comes with Kenya's president and vice president facing trial for crimes against humanity at the ICC in the Hague. Some East African officials are reportedly pressing for a mass withdrawal from the ICC. Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda have been deeply critical of the ICC, accusing it of bias.
October 4, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - When the International Criminal Court was born 11 years ago, it may have seemed such an idealistic, noble idea that it could have leapt from the pages of a superhero comic book. It would be a place where the world's worst evildoers, no matter how powerful, would have nowhere to hide from justice. In the real world, though, it was never going to be easy to prosecute powerful governing leaders. From the start, critics called the court, based in The Hague, a neocolonial tool of the West and accused it of anti-African bias.
August 1, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, on Thursady appeared headed for a replay of the 2008 disputed election result. As a senior member of Mugabe's ZANU-PF party anonymously claimed victory in a telephone interview with Reuters news agency, Tsvangirai called a press conference in Harare declaring Wednesday's election "null and void" and "a huge farce. " Tsvangirai's main task now is to convince African Union and southern African election observers that the poll was fraudulent on the basis of a problematic voter roll that included many dead people and duplicate names.
July 16, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- One day, President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir of Sudan was walking down the red carpet in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, flanked by the presidential guard, on an official visit to attend an African Union summit on AIDS. The next day, after a flurry of legal threats and calls for his arrest, he was gone. Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court, has become perhaps Africa's most embarrassing guest. In many African countries, the protests against Bashir begin even before he arrives.
July 5, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The African Union suspended Egypt's membership in the organization Friday in response to the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi by the Egyptian military. The group's Peace and Security Council announced the move following a meeting Friday in the organization's headquarters in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to discuss the Wednesday coup that oust Egypt's first democratically elected president. " The African Union suspended Egypt from all its activities after the Egyptian military overthrew the elected President Mohamed Morsi following intense protests," a statement on the African Union's website said.
May 20, 2013 |
Architect of exiting autocracy invited to the White House Monday, May 20 -- Myanmar President Thein Sein's visit to Washington symbolically celebrates his nation's embrace of democracy and the rule of law after half a century of dictatorship. While Sein has overseen impressive progress on reform since his April 2011 election, he is likely to receive a challenging still-to-do list from his U.S. hosts. Myanmar, also known as Burma, remains mired in ethnic and religious strife and beset by persistent tensions over the pace and scope of reform.