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Kenya on the spotlight at The Hague

21 November 2013, 10:10

The Hague - The contentious trial of Kenyan leaders is set to take centre stage at the12th annual meeting of the 122 States Parties to the Rome Statute, that established of the International Criminal Court.

The meeting scheduled for this week will discuss the status of Heads of States, victims’ rights, cooperation and issues related to the governance of the ICC.

This session will take place in the midst of serious threats to the core mandate of the ICC, led by the Kenyan government.

This campaign has gathered the support of some countries within the African Union.

Ahead of the event, the African Union and Kenya have requested a special segment of the General Debate under the title: “Indictment of sitting Heads of State and Government and its consequences on peace, stability and reconciliation.”

This discussion was scheduled to take place on Thursday.

International Federation of Human Rights insisted that, under international law, immunities for international crimes are not to be recognised at an international criminal tribunal.

In this environment, States Parties must remain committed to fight impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and to support justice for victims of atrocities, officials said.

“States should avoid double standards in guaranteeing justice for victims of atrocities that, as the Rome Statute recalls, shake the conscience of humankind,” said Paulina Vega, FIDH Vice President.

She said any amendments to the legal framework should seek only to improve ICC proceedings, the international system of justice and the rule of law.

“States should not be tempted to change international norms as a rushed short-term solution to a specific political issue,” she said.

FIDH will on Saturday organise an event titled “Kenya and the ICC: Ensuring Redress for Victims and Upholding the Rule of Law.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, are facing charges of crimes against humanity following the inconclusive 2007/08 elections.

– CAJ News


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