International Criminal Court

African Union accuses International Criminal Court of racial bias

Hailemariam Desalegn

The African Union has accused the International Criminal Court of targeting Africans on the basis of race, and is demanding that it end proceedings against Kenya's president, who is facing charges of crimes against humanity.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 2:43am

Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in as Kenya president

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta takes the oath of office. Photo: Reuters

Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as Kenya’s fourth president on Tuesday to thunderous cheers from tens of thousands of supporters, despite facing trial on charges of crimes against humanity.

“I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Kenya,” said Kenyatta, the son of the country’s first president, clutching a bible as he took the oath of office.

9 Apr 2013 - 8:51pm

Talking points

South African President Jacob Zuma

South Africa hosts the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban. It is the African nation's first time hosting the meeting of representatives of its fellow BRICS members, Brazil, Russia, India and China. 

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am

ICC drops case against Kenya's Muthaura

Uhuru Kenyatta (second left) and Francis Muthaura (second right) attend a hearing at the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2011. Photo: AFP

The International Criminal Court on Monday dropped all charges against Kenyan civil servant Francis Muthaura, who was accused alongside president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta of crimes against humanity during 2007-2008 post-election violence.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:52am 1 comment

Rigging claims throw Kenya presidential vote into chaos

Children of the Kibera slum hold balloons with peace messages written on them to promote peaceful elections in Nairobi. Photo: EPA

Kenya’s presidential election was plunged into further disarray on Thursday after the party of one of the leading candidates alleged vote-rigging and demanded that the count be halted.

8 Mar 2013 - 12:05am

Kenya votes in tight elections after police gunned down

A woman casts her ballot inside a polling station in Kenya's town of Gatundu. Photo: Reuters

Lines of Kenyans queued from way before dawn to vote on Monday in the first election since the violence-wracked polls five years ago, with a deadly police ambush hours before polling started marring the key ballot.

5 Mar 2013 - 1:12am

Kenyan elections on Monday stir fears of ethnic violence

Supporters of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga travel home after a rally in Kisumu town. Photo: AFP

Down in the valley there's a clue why. Sunshine gleams off the metal roofs of housing built for families displaced by ethnic violence that followed Kenya's general election five years ago. More than 1,100 people were killed and 600,000 fled their homes. On Monday, the nation goes to the polls again in possibly the most important vote in its 50-year history. Many fear a repeat.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:49am

Chaos still reigns in Libya, a year after Gaddafi's death

Army forces in Tripoli prepare to deploy to Bani Walid. Photo: AFP

"Nobody knows where Gaddafi is buried," said Abubaker Ali, 29, a volunteer with the forces massed at the Sufageen forward base in the Libyan desert.

Looking towards the horizon, where black smoke rose from the town of Bani Walid, he said: "He's buried in the desert. But nine-tenths of Libya is desert."

21 Oct 2012 - 3:16am

Wanted Gaddafi spy chief extradited to Libya

Former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi arrives in Tripoli on Wednesday, in this video grab. Photo: AFP

Abdullah al-Senussi, dead Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s former spy chief wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, was extradited to his home country on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong as a centre for international justice

Something happened recently which, 20 years ago, would have been in the realm of fantasy. A powerful central African politician and warlord, Jean-Pierre Bemba, was arrested under a warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and taken into custody for trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

2 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Sacrificing justice is too high a price for peace

The International Criminal Court - the world's answer to war crimes - is used to being attacked by conservative opinion. In the US, President George W. Bush cancelled Bill Clinton's decision to sign up. Yet now, ironically, we have the Bush administration giving the ICC support from behind the scenes while liberal voices in Europe are raising doubts about its counterproductiveness.

18 May 2007 - 12:00am

Why UN court can have bite once teething troubles end

THOSE QUESTIONING the worth of the newly established International Criminal Court might be surprised to know that human rights advocates do not share their pessimism. Rather than seeing the court as yet another toothless world body, experts from groups like Amnesty International believe it may be the answer to resolving conflicts like that between Israelis and the Palestinians.

31 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

A court for the world

President Bill Clinton's decision to sign the treaty which will lead to the setting up of an International Criminal Court has proved predictably contentious within his own country. Globally, however, it will set the seal on his second term of office by reinforcing the strong moral leadership the United States prides itself on giving to the rest of the world.

2 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Justice for the world

In the end, Khmer Rouge butcher Pol Pot went off to be judged by a higher power before anyone on Earth could put him in the dock.

11 Jun 1998 - 12:00am