Magazine article New African

Justice in Africa: ... the Great Debate Continues

Magazine article New African

Justice in Africa: ... the Great Debate Continues

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To COINCIDE WITH AN AFRICAN UNION (AU) meeting on the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC), we publish the first responses to our debate on the Court and why human rights NGOs often appear to pick on African personalities and causes that are disliked by Western governments. In other words, why don't we see human rights NGOs campaigning for the prosecution of Africans seen as the "darlings of the West" even if they commit the same human rights violations as the Africans disliked by the West? A typical example are the leaders of Rwanda and Uganda whose military adventures in DRCongo from 1996 to 2003 and their disastrous aftermath has led to the death of an estimated five million people in Congo.

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In contributing to the debate, everyone should be mindful of the fact we reported in the May issue: that, "by October 2007, the ICC had received 2,889 communications about alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in at least 139 countries, and yet by March 2009, the prosecutor had opened investigations into just four cases: Uganda, DRCongo, Central African Republic and Sudan/Darfur--all in Africa. …

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