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Addressing Impunity: a Challenge to the International Criminal Justice System with a Specific Reference to Africa and the African Human Rights

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Impunity manifested itself in many African regimes, through countless civil wars, and disregard of democratic governance. This allowed for the growth of the culture of human rights abuses by military regimes, one party states, and non-state actors, such as militias who owe allegiances to the ethnic, military and non-democratic regimes. The analysis of some of the provisions of the Rome Statute clearly indicates that criminal legislation, procedures and mechanisms for the administration of justice in African states require revamping and updating in order to implement the obligations assumed under the Rome Statute, if the exercise of national jurisdiction is to be realised. This will be achieved through training judges, judicial officers, lawyers and personnel involved in the administration of justice in understanding the provisions of the Rome Statute and the emerging international criminal justice system.

Keywords: African Human Rights System; democratic governance; international criminal justice system; Rome Statute



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