What Gives? African Union Head of State Immunity

amazing it just goes from bad to worse , i have always reasoned that the au formerly oau was just a cabal of thieves and murderers intent on protecting their own ,with this law of theirs they have officialy confirmed mine and others beliefs that the au is not a bastion of justice rather a protector of those who commit injustice

Justice in Conflict

(Photo: AU) (Photo: AU)

Last week, the African Union (AU) voted to grant immunity from prosecution to all African Heads of State and “senior officials” at the African Court of Justice and Human Rights. Predictably, the human rights and international justice world were up in arms. Some called it the “worst possible signal” to perpetrators of atrocities.

Members of the African Union have pushed for head of state immunity since Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was first indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2009. Their mission has only gathered steam since Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is facing trial at the ICC, was elected in March 2013.

So what should we make of the AU’s efforts? Here are a few thoughts.

Not Just Ocampo-Justice

It would be easy, but generally wrong, to ascribe the AU’s motion to a bunch of cronies. There are cronies and they are leading the attack on the ICC. But ICC member-states in Africa aren’t…

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