Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Rights groups lash ICC over trial excusal

28 November 2013, 19:16

Nairobi - Local and international human rights group lambasted the move by the Assembly of State Parties (ASP) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to allow an "excusal from presence at trial" for high-ranking officials charged with international crimes.

On Thursday, ASP closed its 12th annual session and agreed to allow the leaders' participation in the trial through video technology.

"Such political decisions endanger the independence of the Court and may put the Judiciary in a difficult position, where it might not be able to apply a rule that is inconsistent with the Rome Statute," said Paulina
Vega, FIDH Vice-President, who led FIDH delegation to the ASP.

"It is regrettable to witness how States Parties have favoured political compromise over the interests and rights of victims, that they said to support a few days before, during the ASP plenary special session dedicated to victims," she added.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) also expressed concern over the changes to the ICC Rules of Procedure and Evidence adopted by States Parties.

"In a nutshell, the Assembly of States Parties has thrown the rule of law out of the window and replaced it with the rule of politics. It is sad to note that the interests of the victims, who do not have the same diplomatic and political gravitas as do Kenya's President and Deputy President and whose voices were only strenuously articulated by the civil society in this Assembly, have been severely compromised at the altar of political expediency," said George Morara, Senior Programme Officer at KHRC.

The Rome Statute requires the accused to be present during trial and does not recognise special treatment for any accused person.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto, are facing charges of crimes against humanity following the post-election violence that left more than 1 200 people dead in 200/08.

- CAJ News


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Mudavadi given permission to join...

Musalia Mudavadi has been ghranted permission by his party to join the CORD Coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
EACC officers raid Deputy Governo...

EACC officers raided the home of a Deputy Governor as theft case continues in court. Read more...