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  1. Consequences of impunity

    Published 16th March 2017

    Impunity has long lasting and severe consequences. South Sudan, Africa’s newest independent state, is a prime example of this. South Sudan has been plagued by challenges for several years and the recently released UN Commission Report on Human Rights in South Sudan depicts a devastating and grim situation. Whilst there are many explanations for the […]

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  2. Next Steps: South Africa and the International Criminal Court- anyone’s guess…

    Published 6th March 2017

    The dubious cabinet reshuffle has stolen headlines for very valid reasons. However, the fact that South Africa must appear before the International Criminal Court on Friday 7 March, this week for its failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, should not fall off our news radars. Could it influence whether the current government decides […]

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  3. South Africa’s High Court restores order: SA and ICC withdrawal

    Published 2nd March 2017

    On 22 February, the High Court handed down an important and definitive judgment reminding the executive that the Constitution of this nation cannot be ignored or bypassed. Finding that the executive’s notice of withdrawal from the International Criminal Court was unconstitutional and invalid, the High Court restored a sense of order. The Court took matters […]

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  4. Refugees breathe a sigh of relief

    Published 16th February 2017

    Last week the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court in Nairobi Kenya, ruled that the government ordered closure of the world’s biggest refugee camp, Dadaab, was unconstitutional. In turbulent times when it comes to the global refugee crisis the affirmation of the rule of law and the promotion and protection of refugee […]

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  5. AU Commission under new leadership: what does this mean for the ICC and the AU?

    Published 2nd February 2017

    The 28th Ordinary African Union Summit has produced interesting developments. The election of a new AU Commission Chairperson and discussions pertaining to yet another International Criminal Court (ICC) withdrawal strategy are particularly intriguing. The Summit, which ran from 22 January to 31 January, saw Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat’s election after seven rounds of voting in […]

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  6. The high price of impunity

    Published 19th January 2017

    In December 2016 we celebrated the prospect of a peaceful democratic transition in Gambia as President Yahya Jammeh conceded defeat in the elections after over two decades in power. One week later, he changed his tune and refused to accept the election results. He remains defiant. Regional and international leaders are trying to persuade Jammeh […]

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  7. Gambia: Full of Surprises

    Published 8th December 2016

    Last week Gambian President Yayha Jammeh accepted defeat after losing the election to a business man by the name of Adama Barrow. Whilst this should just be a normal occurrence, it is actually cause for celebration and comes as a massive surprise as it does not happen often enough in Africa. Too often leaders who […]

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  8. ICC withdrawal justified?

    Published 24th November 2016

    It has been a busy few weeks in international criminal justice. Burundi, South Africa and Gambia are leaving the Rome Statute and Russia has symbolically unsigned. While the African states have their unique reasons for withdrawing from the Rome Statute, a commonly shared and loudly articulated perception is that the ICC is targeting Africa. While […]

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  9. The “banalisation of bigotry”

    Published 14th September 2016

    As right wing politicians with xenophobic agendas continue to gain momentum in Europe, Dutch politician and leader of Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), Geert Wilders is no exception. Wilders recently released his 2016 manifesto calling for the “de-Islamization” of the Netherlands as part of his campaign to win the general elections in March 2017.Opinion polls put […]

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  10. Libya Post-Gaddafi — The Real Question

    Published 1st September 2016

    On 1 September in 1969 young Muammar Gaddafi seized power in Libya from King Idris I and remained there for nearly 42 years. Remembered as a dictator and a despot, Gaddafi’s era was marred with numerous accounts of grave human rights violations. Fast-forward to Libya today where news headlines include reports of heavy casualties as […]

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