Op-Ed: How Africa can fix the International Criminal Court

The ruling African National Congress’s demand that the South African government should pull out of the International Criminal Court is defeatist, naïve and reactionary. African states have largely themselves to blame for the fact that the continent has been singled out by the court, and rather than withdraw they should use their political muscle to ensure that prosecutions are brought against non-African leaders too. continue reading »

From the Balkans to Mali : why access to information is critical for transitional justice

22 years ago, I was a journalist covering the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Whenever I think of that period, I have memories of destruction, of prisoners from all sides who lost 20 or 30 kilos, memories of displaced people getting onto a bus and not knowing if they will ever come back to their homes, echoes of bombings and fear.

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South Sudan: how hate radio was used to incite Bentiu massacres

The spectre of ethnically-motivated killings, and the use of ethnic rivalry or hatred to mobilize and incite one community against another, hangs over the conflict in South Sudan. Coming just weeks after the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which will forever be associated with the use of radio to incite hatred and help direct genocidal killings, the UNMISS report that a rebel commander in Bentiu used the local FM radio station to incite hatred against Dinkas, Darfuris and other non-Nuer, sent a shiver down my spine.

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Kenya moves on? from ICC to Lupita Nyong’o

I went on the Daily Nation (Kenya’s biggest newspaper) website today and one of the ‘Hot Topics’ at the top of the homepage was ‘Lupita Nyong’o’ – the Kenyan winner of this year’s ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Oscar for her role as Patsy in Steve McQueen’s ‘Twelve Years A Slave’.

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South Sudan talks must make provision for Justice and Reconciliation

As representatives of Salva Kiir and Riek Machar meet in Addis Ababa to negotiate a ceasefire to the conflict that has engulfed South Sudan in past weeks, the question of what a mediated outcome might look like is at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

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Ivoirians Face an Incomplete Justice

Abidjan – “We are sad. We want our president back,” Yao Amandine told IPS from a street corner in the Ivorian economic metropolis, Abidjan, after the International Criminal Court ruled against granting former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo a conditional release on Tuesday.

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Direttore Responsabile Giuseppe Frangi