unhappiness with the International Criminal Court, the African Union now
demands the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta be postponed following the
Westgate Mall shooting in Nairobi, Kenya. President Kenyatta and his deputy,
William Ruto, are both charged with crimes against humanity. The two are accused of being involved in
violence that followed the disputed presidential elections of 2007 leaving over
1,100 people dead and more than 600,000 displaced.
International Criminal Court was established in 2002 when its founding treaty,
the Rome Statute, entered into force. The ICC was created to prosecute claims
of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes that were not being
properly investigated in the countries where they took place. Today, 122 countries have ratified the
Rome Statute and submitted themselves to the ICC’s jurisdiction. Of the African Union’s 54 members, 34
are parties to the ICC.
members of the African Union believe that no sitting head of state should be prosecuted by an international
tribunal, and that the trial of President Kenyatta should be postponed as a
result. Pressure has been building . . .