President Kiir and the International Criminal Court at the African Union Summit
Organization: The Sudd Institute
Type: Weekly Reviews
The question of whether the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been unjust to African leaders, singularly going after them, and probably driven by racism, has been an ongoing debate for about a decade now. These accusations against the ICC have never been based on a claim that the indicted African leaders, from Sudan’s Bashir to Chad’s Hissène Habrè, Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast, Uganda’s Joseph Kony, Liberia’s Charles Taylor and many more, are innocent. The allegations that the ICC is racist are mainly based on the claim that the ICC has not been evenhanded across the globe. The suspicion by some African leaders has been premised on why the court has only indicted African leaders ever since it was created, when other world leaders like George W. Bush and Tony Blair, whose orders have allegedly resulted in war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, have not been equally indicted.