After Bashir and Kenyatta, who is the next ICC-wanted African leader?
By Ala Subhi
The inauguration of Uhuru Kenyatta as president in Kenya is a new slap on the face of international Justice. The man is wanted by ICC in relation to the violence that erupted in Kenya after the country’s national elections in 2007. He is the second African leader to be summoned by ICC after Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir, who is indicted for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur province, Western Sudan.
Justice system in Africa and the Third World is likely to fail victims of atrocities when the perpetrators are in power, but a major question needs to be asked about the effectiveness of imported justice?
It is in the same way that the sovereignty of independent nations is affected when the country’s domestic affairs are controlled by other countries; the justice system of any one country will be crippled and will remain crippled as long as it cannot be domestic and be able to try its own big heads. This is by de facto stripping sovereignty of independent nations and it surely has negative repercussions on the social, political and economic stature, and hence the long-term peace and stability, of the any country concerned.
This was clear in the ICC pursuit of several Sudanese officials who were accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Instead of bringing them to justice, the ICC created a new variant of dictators who would do anything to stay in power. ICC is realising that its orders are not good enough at all times with countries’ interests hampering arrests of its wanted even within territories that ratified the court convention. The failure to bring alleged culprits to justice will loosen third world people’s trust in achieving justice at all.
The international community should reconsider the way it is dealing with problems across the world, specially these parts where the rule of law is not an established practice. Diplomacy armed with threats will only destabilize the world, while containing crisis and working on resolving the causes is the best means of developing nations, if this is the aim.