Africans, African Leaders and the ICC.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established by the Rome Statute which is an international treaty/agreement binding on countries who are signatories to and ratify the convention. The Rome Statute is a diplomatic treaty that was adopted and came into force on the 1st July, 2002 and established the ICC. The Rome Statute has 139 signatories and 124 parties to it.

By the provisions of the Rome Statute, the ICC has the power to investigate and prosecute on the following core international crimes:

  1. Genocide
  2. Crimes against humanity
  3. War crimes
  4. Crime of aggression.

The investigative powers of the ICC is mostly triggered where states who are signatories to the Rome Statute are either unable or unwilling to investigate the above listed international crimes under the jurisdiction of the court. Continue reading

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Africa, Africans and Education

We all know education is important for us in Africa; especially now when the percentage of the those with access to credible free education is reducing instead of increasing; especially now when we need our development to be internal and not imported every time we need to develop, improve and grow.

In Africa our governments take education for granted far too much; Africans have refused to stop bickering and have  started moving towards holding governments in Africa accountable for their acts of governance in Africa. Given, we have the African Commission, but even the Sovereignty the Commission has is dependent on the type of power and respect accorded it by Heads of States of  signatories to its Charter. So it is almost pointless dragging a state to the African Commission to compel it to invest in education per the Articles of the African Charter.

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