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Confronting Myths About The International Criminal Court And Its Work In Africa

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a tool for justice in a world where impunity (the polar opposite of justice) has been emblematic, and for that reason has a vitally important role to play in continents like Africa where massive human rights violations are perpetrated against victims. It, building on the work done by the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, is the means by which a public account of justice is now possible in respect of every crime set out in the Rome Statute. The suggestion that the ICC is a hegemonic tool of Western powers ignores the reasons why the first situations investigated by the Court are on the African continent. The myths around the Court's anti-African nature and its discriminatory singling out of African situations for investigation are an attack on an institution which deserves support.

Keywords: Africa; International Criminal Court (ICC); myths; Rome Statute; Southern African Development Community (SADC)



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