Emily C. Doll

Emily C. DollClass of 2015
Staff Member, Volume 39

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Attack on Kenya's Westgate Mall Sparks African Union's Battle with the International Criminal Court

Amidst growing 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.

The 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.

The 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 . . .

No Comments | Posted by Emily C. Doll on Thu. November 7, 2013 8:00 AM
Categories: African Union, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Kenya
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