“For Africa, the reform of the United Nations Security Council is especially long overdue. The anachronistic and unrepresentative character of the Security Council must be redressed. For how long should Africa continue to be denied the right to play a pivotal role in the United Nations Security Council as it decides measures on conflicts within its own borders?” said President Mugabe while Addressing the 68th UN General Assembly.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been accused by many for primarily targeting people from Africa, saying it is being abused by the West to pursue its foreign policy goals in Africa.
The selective application of the law when it comes to prosecuting African leaders as compared to their Western counterparts is the order of the day in the ICC ruling and is a major cause for concern.
But honestly, does Africa really need the ICC, ‘Just asking’? If yes, then why was the African Court on Human and People’s Rights (AfCHPR) created.
I thought the AfCHPR was a regional court that was created by Africans to make judgements on African Union states’ compliance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
As if crimes against humanity have been committed by Africans only, to date, all the ICC’s cases have been from African countries, ignoring even more grave human rights abuses committed by the likes of Tony Blair and George Bush.
Since its inception 11 years ago, the ICC has launched investigations into just seven countries, all of them African – Uganda, DRC, Central African Republic, Sudan, Kenya, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, and Libya – and has indicted 27 people, again all of them Africans despite receiving over 8 137 communications from more than 130 countries as of 2009.
Zimbabwe`s Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa said it was no secret that Africa was being mistreated and humiliated by the ICC, adding that the disparities in how Africans and Westerners were treated should make leaders on the continent stand up and stamp their authority.
“The ICC is bent on humiliating the smaller countries; any little incident in Africa – they will drag the leaders to court,” said
Mnangagwa added: “Britain’s Tony Blair and George W Bush of the United States lied about Saddam Hussein possessing weapons of mass destruction and committed serious crimes in Iraq, but were never summoned to the ICC.”
Even though the AU member states cannot take action against the ICC, President Mugabe, has recommended that the 34 countries that signed and ratified the Rome statute must withdraw in their own capacities.
“34 African countries are signatories to the Rome statute that created the ICC, but the double standards exhibited by the tribunal over the last years have become a cause for concern,” said President Mugabe.
The ICC has been targeting African leaders while ignoring atrocities committed elsewhere but some Western-sponsored organisations and individuals, among them Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, have been desperately lobbying against withdrawal from the ICC.
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