Written by OSISA
SUPREME COURT OF APPEAL ORDERS SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE
TO INVESTIGATE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY COMMITTED IN ZIMBABWE
Johannesburg, 27 November – In a landmark decision for local and international justice, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal today ordered the South African Police Service (SAPS) to investigate high level Zimbabwean officials accused of committing crimes against humanity in Zimbabwe.
Written by REUTERS
ATLANTA - African leaders will meet in the Ethiopian capital on October 13 to take a common stance on whether to join Kenya's planned pull-out from the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the prosecution of its leaders, officials said on Thursday.
So far there does not seem to be much support for it, but heads of state from the 54-member African Union (AU) may still discuss the possibility of a pullout by the 34 African signatories to the Rome Statute that created the tribunal.
Written by VLADIMIR V. PUTIN
MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.
Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.
Written by Dr. Charles Kambanda, PhD
THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA’S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) ROME STATUTE IS PROBABLY A SLIPPERY SLOPE FOR KENYA
Following the December 2007 presidential elections, the electoral commission of Kenya officially declared the then incumbent President Mwai Kibaki the winner. In the blink of an eye, Mwai Kibaki was unceremoniously sworn in as president. The then opposition candidate Raila Odinga accused the government of electoral fraud and rejected the results. The violent protests and demonstrations that followed left more than 1300 people killed, thousands raped, property destroyed, and at least 300,000 Kenyans forced from their homes.
Written by RODNEY SIEH
MONROVIA, Liberia — IT’S not uncommon in African countries like Zimbabwe and Ethiopia for newspapers to be shut, and their editors jailed. But the newspaper I edit doesn’t operate in a dictatorship.
We are in Liberia, the West’s poster child for postwar democracy building. Our president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is a Nobel laureate who is celebrated by the likes of Bill Gates, Warren E. Buffett and Bono and has positioned herself as a champion of a free press.
Having spent the past week in jail and now under armed guard in a hospital since I contracted malaria, I’m not feeling particularly championed.