How can we reach sustainable peace after violent conflict? We need to convince the conflict parties to halt the violence and bring the conflict to an end. We need to convince the belligerents, particularly the government, to address the structural violence in society that always exists in violent conflict. We need to achieve peace and justice to reach a stable and democratic society. Continue reading “The rocky relations between peace and justice”
A week ago, the International Criminal Court prosecutor called in a statement for a delay in the Kenyan president’s trial, saying there is no longer sufficient evidence to charge Uhuru Kenyatta with crimes against humanity. The trial against him was scheduled to start on 5 February 2014. The case has suffered major setbacks in recent months, and now a key witness is not willing to testify while another one confessed to giving false evidence on a critical event in the case, according to Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. The Kenyan case at The Hague remains a farce and justice for the victims of the 2007-2008 post-election violence seems to be so further away than ever. However, the fate of more than 1,000 Kenyans who had to die and 600,000 who were displaced should not be forgotten. Continue reading “Kenya and the ICC: No Justice for Victims”
Headings like “Is ICC recolonizing Africa?” were common during the past weeks in African newspapers across the continent. It does not come as a surprise, as African leaders decided on 26 May 2013 during an African Union (AU) meeting that the trials against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto should be sent back from The Hague to a national court in Kenya. The motion was brought up, quite ironically, by Uganda and reportedly supported by all AU member states with the notable exception of Botswana. This move is short-sighted and strengthens impunity on the African continent.
The recent statement of Kenyan United Nations (UN) Envoy Macharia Kamau in New York is odd. Mr. Kamau did not simply ask for a deferral of the cases against Kenya’s new president Uhuru Kenyatta and his vice president William Ruto at the International Criminal Court (ICC). One of Kenya’s most important diplomats requested in very strong words an outright determination of the ICC case because they were a threat to Kenya’s national security and undermined the country’s sovereignty. However, it did not come as a surprise that the UN Security Council could not discuss the matter because it has no authority over the request. Therefore, a senior diplomat called the Kenyan move “slightly bizarre.”