International criminal justice and the fight against impunity concerns all countries. African countries make up the largest number of signatories to the Rome Statute and have assumed a number of obligations in relation to the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of international crimes. This group discusses all issues relating to the law of international criminal justice in Africa.
The Supreme Court of Appeal has granted the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) leave to appeal the Zimbabwe Torture Case in which the North Gauteng High Court ordered the NPA and SAPS to investigate crimes against humanity committed in Zimbabwe.
According to United Nations statistics South Africa accounted for one fifth of the world’s asylum applications, registering a staggering 180 600 applications in 2010 alone, making South Africa the most sought after destination for asylum seekers in the world. Not every one of those persons would have been successful; in fact, if South Africa’s immigration authorities did their job properly, some would have been turned away, the deserving would be allowed to stay and some would have been found to be ineligible.
Report: Implications of the AU Decision to Give the African Court Jurisdiction Over International Crimes
Today the North Gauteng High Court dismissed an application for leave to appeal against the judgment delivered in Southern African Litigation Centre and Another v National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) South African police (SAPS).
In a previous post written soon after Ms Fatou Bensouda's election as the ICC's new prosecutor, I noted that she assumes office with a heavy burden on her shoulders.
SALC and the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum are thrilled to announce that the North Gauteng High Court ruled in SALC’s favour in the Zimbabwe Torture Case.
At the end of March the North Gauteng High Court reserved judgment in SALC’s landmark torture case in which SALC and the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum asked the High Court to set aside a decision
Louis Moreno-Ocampo, the outgoing Prosecutor of the ICC, has apparently sent a letter to Guillaume Soro congratulating him for his election as the Speaker of the National Assembly in Cote d'Ivoire. Mr Soro is the immediate former Prime Minister, an ally of President Ouattara, and (former) leader of Forces Nouvelles (FN), an armed group that once controlled the North of the Country. FN were part of the coalition of armed forces that removed Laurent Gbagbo from power.
A few days ago, Courtenay Griffiths, Charles Taylor's defence lawyer at the Special Court for Sierra Leone sitting in the Hague injected a-not-so-new but previously unspoken claim against the ICC, and international criminal justice in general:that the ICC is racist. this adds a new strand to the the accurate, yet not universally accepted criticism of international justice as selective justice.
Mr Griffiths, is reported to have stated as follows: