International Criminal Justice in Africa

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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.

South African Supreme Court of Appeal will Hear Zimbabwe Torture Case

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.

Refugee Law: Complementing Accountability for International Crimes

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.

South Africa investigating 'crimes against humanity' in Madagascar

by Christopher Gevers
 

Report: Implications of the AU Decision to Give the African Court Jurisdiction Over International Crimes

Max du Plessis has written a recent paper (ISS Paper 235) on 'Implications of the AU Decision to Give the African Court Jurisdiction Over International Crimes'.  It is available here.

Investigations Must go Ahead – SA High Court Dismisses Appeal Application in Zim Torture Case

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).

AU v ICC: ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda Fires First Salvo

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 ZEF SECURE VICTORY IN ZIMBABWE TORTURE CASE

ImageSALC 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.

Chris Gevers’ analysis of SALC’s Zimbabwe Torture Case – Universal Jurisdiction in Action

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

Is Ocampo Taking Sides in Cote d'Ivoire?

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.

The Zimbabwe Torture Docket and SA’s ICC Act: Q & A about the Case

1.       What is this case about?

 

Background to Monday’s Landmark Case on Crimes Against Humanity in Zimbabwe and SA’s Responsibilities

SALC’s case relating to widespread and systematic torture in Zimbabwe — crimes against humanity — which has been five years in the making finally goes to court on Monday. Here’s some background to the case:

 

Why now?

Closing the Impunity Gap – Southern Africa’s Role in Securing Justice for the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre and REDRESS are pleased to share the Report, Closing the Impunity Gap – Southern Africa’s Role in Securing Justice for the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.

Is the ICC and International Justice Racist?

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: