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A year after the overthrow of Omar Al-Bashir, demands for justice remain strong in Sudan. But government initiatives and activists’ hopes are coming up against political realities of the military and civilian coalition leading the transition. The fate of former dictator Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court, should be understood in this context.

In September 2019, a Sudanese protestor holds up a placard calling for "Butcher Bash...

2020-3-31

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Two prisoners made famous by the International Criminal Court have both been freed from Makala prison in Kinshasa in the hope of bringing peace to one of the country’s most unstable regions -- Ituri, where the two men were once warlords and enemies.

For the Congolese government, it seems this was the price to pay to restore peace in the eastern Ituri region. Overnight, Kinshasa released the first two ex-warlords to be convicted by the Internatio...

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1.         La situation en Libye avait été déférée à la CPI par le Conseil de sécurité par sa résolution 1970 du 26 février 2011. Le 27 juin 2011, la Chambre préliminaire I avait délivré des mandats d’arrêt à l’encontre de Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, Abdullah Al-Senussi et Muammar Gaddafi. Les poursuites contre Muammar Gaddafi ont été clôturées à la suite de son décès( le 20...

Le 5 mars 2020, la Chambre d’appel de la Cour pénale internationale ( CPI) a décidé à l’unanimité d’autoriser le Procureur d’ouvrir une enquête pour des crimes présumés relevant de la compétence de la CPI en lien avec la situation en Afghanistan.

La Chambre d’appel a, dans son arrêt, amendé la décision « controversée » de la Chambre préliminaire II de la CPI du 12 avril 2019 qui avait rejeté la demande du Procureur et avait conclu que l’ouverture d’une enquête « ne servirait pas les intérêts de la...

2020-2-24

This post was first published at Justice in Conflict blog

The world watched with interest when it was announced that Sudanese authorities were planning to “hand over” Omar Al Bashir, the ousted president, to the International Criminal Court.

It has been more than 10 years since the ICC issued the first of two warrants for Al Bashir. Despite outstanding obligations on states to co-operate with the Court and surrender Al Bashir to The Hague, he travelled widely, including to member-states of the ICC....

2019-12-01

The Gambia’s suit against the Republic of the Union of Myanmar at the ICJ continues to attract legal commentary on issues that may arise in the litigation. The latest take by Balingene Kahombo looks at options for individual criminal accountability if, hypothetically, the ICJ were to find Myanmar responsible under the Genocide Convention. Read the full post here.

On 11 November 2019, the Republic of The Gambia (Gambia) filed a complaint against the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Myanmar) in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). It is alleged that Myanmar’s government has adopted, taken and condoned criminal acts against members of the Rohingya group, acts aiming at the total or partial destruction of the Rohingya as a distinct ethnic, racial and religious group and thus constituting the crime of genocide. The acts complained of were committed in the...

2019-11-25

We introduced a depository of legal documents on this site sometime ago which contains documents that may be useful for researchers and practitioners interested in international criminal law and transitional justice in Africa. We have included national, regional and international documents that are available for download. If you have suggestions of documents we should add to the depository, please get in touch here. 

2019-11-20

Impassible lors du prononcé de sa peine par les juges de la Cour pénale internationale, Bosco Ntaganda, ancien chef d’état-major de l’Union des patriotes congolais (UPC) dirigé par Thomas Lubanga, a écopé d’une peine de 30 ans de prison, la plus lourde jamais prononcée jusque-là par la CPI. 

En effet, le système de détermination des peines de la Cour semblait beaucoup plus clément par rapport à celui des tribunaux pénaux ad hocet même de certains États parties comme la RDC[1].  

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