• Fatou Bensouda

    South African Decision to Quit the ICC Draws Critics in Africa and Beyond

    by  • October 24, 2016 • Africa, ICC, International Justice • 

    Jacob Zuma

    South Africa’s announcement on Oct. 21 that it intends to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, which has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, has met strong opposition from civil society groups in that country and other African and international human-rights organizations. Africa has played major roles in the independent court,...

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    Palestinians Move Fast to Join the ICC as Bid for Full Statehood Fails at the UN

    by  • December 31, 2014 • ICC, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 

    Dina Kawar, Jordan's ambassador to the United Nations, meets with the press after the Dec. 30 vote on Palestinian statehood failed in the Security Council. LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO

    The Palestinians’ failed proposal to formally establish a state and end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by late 2017 through a vote in the United Nations Security Council on Dec. 30 continued to reflect the immense influence of the United States on the Palestinians’ ability to assert themselves through the world body. The...

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    New Protocols and Policies Tackle Sexual Violence in War

    by  • June 19, 2014 • Child Soldiers, Gender-Based Violence, ICC, International Justice, Women • 

    Imagery from the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held in London in June 2014.

    As Sunni Muslim extremists first seized strategic cities in Iraq last week, and a United Nations spokesman for the human-rights high commissioner, Navi Pillay, said that rapes had been part of the mayhem, leaving four female victims dead from suicide, the first global conference to end such heinous crimes took place in London. There,...

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    ICC Prosecutor Asks to Postpone Trial Against Kenyan President

    by  • December 19, 2013 • Africa, ICC, International Justice • 

    Kenyatta, president of Kenya

    Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague, has asked for a three-month postponement in the trial for the case against the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. The trial, already postponed several times, was to have started on Feb. 5, 2014. Kenyatta was accused of being an indirect...

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    Will Kony Surrender as Forces Intervene in the Central African Republic?

    by  • November 24, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 

    Central African Republic village 2013

    Joseph Kony, the notorious Ugandan warlord who has been on the run in the central African bush for years, may be hiding and ready to surrender in the Central African Republic as the United Nations is most likely to send a peacekeeping force to the country. Discussions on the grave humanitarian and political conditions...

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    The International Criminal Court Fends Off ‘Ferocious’ Attack, Prosecutor Says

    by  • September 28, 2013 • Africa, Human Rights, ICC, International Justice, Middle East, Security Council • 1 Comment

    Fatou Bensouda, ICC prosecutor

    The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor – Fatou Bensouda – was busy in New York this week, rallying support for the court on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly annual debate. The Gambia native, who succeeded Luis Moreno-Ocampo, an Argentine, to head the  prosecutor’s office, talked exclusively to PassBlue about her...

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    Notorious African Rebel Lands in International Court Hands

    by  • March 22, 2013 • Africa, Child Soldiers, ICC • 2 Comments

    Bosco Ntaganda

    Bosco Ntaganda, whom the United States calls “one of the most notorious and brutal rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” has arrived at the International Criminal Court in The Hague after being transported by court officials from Rwanda. Ntaganda is a Congolese warlord who has been operating with impunity in eastern Congo...

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    Rape in War: It’s Not a Given Any Longer

    by  • January 9, 2013 • Africa, Child Soldiers, Human Rights, ICC, International Justice, Women • 4 Comments

    Women at the Stop Rape in Conflict Now campaign in Cartagena, Colombia

    One of Fatou Bensouda‘s missions as the new chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court is to make rape during conflicts a thing of the past. Until 20 years ago, she said in a speech at the United Nations recently, sexual violence and other sexual attacks were “all but ignored and dismissed as regrettable...

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