Monday, May 16, 2011

Is ICC a International Political Court?

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court was requested by the United Nations Security Council to conduct investigations on alleged International Crimes in Libya, on or about 15 March 2011.

A few minutes ago, it was confirmed that the Prosecutor will seek arrest warrants against Muammar Gaddafi. It is surprising how the Prosecutor was able to gather evidence in such a short time. The process generally raises more questions than answers.

I do not support what Gaddafi is doing to his own country men. But as a nation that has brushed shoulders with the ICC, we must consistently analyze every action taken by the court since we are an interested party, to learn the psychology of the court.

My view is that the court is undoubtedly under the control of certain nations of the world. It is not an independent court particularly as relates to Africa. This has been a fear but it's now a conviction.

African countries must come up with an alternative mechanism of dealing with grave human rights atrocities.

I am passionate about  Africans taking charge of their own problems and opportunities, and certainly this does not include the ICC.